I always find it harder to write recaps when the proverbial “hate index” is low on any given team, and it could not be any lower when it comes to George Mason. The Patriots are a team that is very hard to hate by someone who has followed a mid-major program his entire life. This was only the eighth meeting between the teams: 4 since GMU joined A10 play in 2013, and a previous 4-year home/home series that the schools struck after GMU made their Final Four run. UD’s thought at the time was that it would be the crown jewel of their non-conference scheduling, but in reality it turned into a horribly inconsequential series due to the under performing teams of that 4/5-year span.

If you REALLY wanted to find a reason to hate George Mason, you could poke fun at the “public university” thing, (being graduates of a private school, this is our right) you could cite jealousy of their Final Four run, (which isn’t that big of a deal anymore, obviously) you could shit on them for being a basketball-sized stain on the conference in their first three seasons. You COULD do all of this, but what would be the point?

The sad truth is that George Mason and UD couldn’t be more divergent as far as the direction of their respective programs are concerned. For as long as they share the A-10, they will play once a year, and it will probably continue to be less than memorable each time out. Tonight really wasn’t all that different in the grand scheme of things, as you can see by the crowd three minutes before game time. The older crowd tends to miss the intro on nights like this, they complain that it’s scary with the lights off.

The first twenty minutes was one of the stranger first halves we’ve seen from the Flyers this year, mainly due to the rotation and shot selection. In the opening twelve minutes of the game, Archie used the full complement of nine men in varying combinations. My guess is that he was trying out some new lineups on the floor to see what he liked, which you really can’t fault given that everyone is finally healthy. It was also a nice change of pace to see none of these combinations experience a drop off in production, as UD held the lead almost the entire first half, save for a few seconds here and there.

At the end of the half, eight Flyers had scored, none in double digits. Spreading the wealth is never a bad thing this time of year. With that said, the Flyers took a rather uncharacteristic amount of threes early in the shot clock, finishing the half shooting 35% (6-17) from behind the arc. Can’t say I prefer the Flyers shooting 17 threes in any half honestly, but it wasn’t a big deal tonight, I digress.

A trend started midway through the first half that would carry through the next twenty minutes of the game. It went like this: UD would go up 10, GMU would close it to one possession. Then UD would go on a run, and get punched right back by Mason, and so on and so forth. All in all, the first half was a pretty complete effort by the “True Team” and the good guys went into the locker room up 38-31.

About 2 minutes into the second half, with UD clinging to a six-point lead, the gentlemen calling the game said something to the effect of, “Boy, it feels like Dayton should be up by more,” and they weren’t wrong. You got the feeling that UD was controlling the game without taking over the game. That is, until the 13:40 mark.

After GMU cut the UD lead to one at 48-47, the Flyers went on a 20-0 run that lasted seven minutes and was undeniably led by JOHN FUCKING CROSBY, MAN! John pulled down four boards and scored nine points in eight transcendent minutes, and by the time he sat down with six minutes on the clock, the irreparable damage was done.

If seasons were defined on eight minute stretches against the fifth-best team in the conference in the third week of February, you could give Johnny C First Team All-Conference right now. If I told you John scored double digits in one other game this year, would you believe me? Bullshit aside the guy played a very productive twelve minutes tonight that will be necessary on nights when my boy DURRELL is ice cold.

The last six minutes were ho-hum at best. The Flyers saw their twenty-point lead dwindle down to just nine but were never realistically threatened at any point. They made just enough free throws to send the Sweaters heading for the exits at the 2:30 mark, and another empty W was put on the old score sheet. Flyers 83, Patriots 70.

While we don’t know much about Trey Landers, basketball player, we do know he’s in the gym late night making videos after games:

I have 5 takes for you today:

Ryan Mikesell played like a dude who just lost his job, and that’s good.

Chip came in the game, and his first two minutes looked like this: missed three early in the shot clock, roasted on defense (bad foul), made three early in the shot clock, great offensive board and an easy put back. I felt like every time I saw Chip in the game, he was either hustling his ass off or working to get the ball directly to the rim. I love that shit. That’s what makes bench players so dangerous, and moving forward Ryan Mikesell and Kyle Davis should be the MOST effective bench players. They can and should be able to alter a game on any given night. Speaking of…

Kyle Davis is the best defensive player I have ever seen in a UD uniform and it might be another 10 years before we get a guy like him.

Enjoy the last month.

DURRELL WATCH

Durrell had a rough go of it tonight, guys. He went 0-5 from downtown and scored just one point in twenty-five minutes. LUCKILY HIS BROKE ASS HAD JOHN CROSBY TO CARRY THE LOAD, AM I RIGHT?!!

Don’t take Scoochie for granted.

While John had a great night, Scoochie still plopped in sixteen points on 5-of-8 shooting and 2-for-4 from downtown to go along with three dimes and three steals. He is the player of the game almost every time out now. When we inevitably have a big ass game on the line in the coming weeks, we can all take solace in the fact that the ball will be in his hands.

We are finally seeing the full complement of Josh, X-Man and KP, and it is good and cool.

UD is seriously fucking with the idea of having a strong three-man front court. I’m so giddy I could almost pee. This is one solid cram..>>

There was some other dope stuff that came along with this win. While you should be all jazzed up about 100 wins for the seniors and all, the task at hand just took one more crucial step forward. UD has secured a vital double-bye in the A10 tournament (meaning they don’t have to play until the quarterfinals) and as long as they don’t lose every game remaining on the schedule, have also locked up a top two seed. Make no mistake about it, UD is still firmly in the tournament, but can 100% still play their way out of it.

(Note: remember in 2006 when George Washington was 27-1? Oh, you don’t? OK, well GW went 16-0 in A10 play in a conference that was having a down year. Sound familiar? On March 1st, at regular season’s end, they were AP #6. They were upset in the quarterfinals by Temple and received a goddamn EIGHT seed by the tournament committee.)

Point is: there are still ample opportunities for bed-shitting that could result with UD in a bad spot. While it’s not likely, UD checked all the boxes Tuesday evening that are a prerequisite in the “take care of your business” category. By the time you read this part of the recap, you should have already forgotten about this game. The rich whiteys down at Davidson will greet us on Friday evening. MARCH FIRST AWAITS. Always room for the takes below, stay LOWD.



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Deep Thigh Bruise

Hey guys, sorry for keeping Sam out of the last few games.

He should see extended time during VCU should we need to blow a lead or snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Will we ever/should we ever see Pollard and Cunningham playing together?

Huge game Friday to keep the A14 momentum going. Davidson blew out our Hoosiers squad of six 2 years ago. How does our D handle Davidsons incessant cutting? Will Kyle Davis Kris Dunn Gibbs? Will Jason Capel be on the call so we can hear more stories about his brother Jeff at Duke? Should be another Friday night nail biter.

I was glad to see the Greek Freak back on the bench tonight. Thought it was kinda weird that he skipped the trip to SLU & the game on Saturday. I get that he was on vacation at NBA All Star "wknd". Just found it odd that a player on scholarship got a week, mid-season, to go do whatever. Glad he made it back.

Stonemills Finest

Redshirt players and transfers (redundant?) dont travel to away games.

Referring back to the George Mason recon, the most dangerous aspect of an echo chamber is not knowing your in one. Dayton is a solid 8-seed in the big dance, not because they're necessarily that good, but because there are no dominant teams this year - everyone but Gonzaga has some questionable losses. Even if UD loses to VCU a second time, they will dance - the A10 will get at least 2 teams - it's all relative. Look at the rest of the A10 and the NCAA overall. We're safe.

There's no doubt about it. UD is in the Dance, but they could be seeded anywhere and I wouldn't be shocked. The bubble is once again horrendous, time to trim the field to 48.

There were a lot of positive take-sways from the game last night. I liked Archie's experimental rotations, especially the 3-man front. And Crosby may have potential after all - I realize one game doesn't erase a season of poor guard-play, but one thing he doesn't lack is confidence. He showed last night that he has some game also. Hopefully Archie can develop him into a consistent point man.

Thanks for making my morning DUMP worthwhile, glad to see the return of this site to glory.. at least for one day.

As far as my dick, IT IS PLUMP, BUT WILL ONLY BECOME ROCK HARD AFTER A DAVIDSON WIN.

Legend of Chip Hair

Was that #15 playing for UD last night related to Johnny Davis or Negele Knight??

Alex Robertson is the best defender in the modern era to don a Flyers uniform.
as to the Cos and his exploits, even a blind dog can find a bone now and again.

Wow, really Jed? Crosby has some serious athleticism, the issue has been he plays too fast, is too aggressive attacking the paint with nowhere to go with ball, and that our overall offensive flow is disrupted while he is in. He did 0 of these things last night, looked in complete control & confident and was getting to the rim at ease/hitting open 3s/and secured 5 rebounds in 12 minutes.
A lot of positive takeaways there, a true "coming-out" party for him imo. I'm not saying expect this every game this year but I will no longer be cringing when he comes in or yelling at him when he shoots/drives the lane

I agree Guest. Jed may have forgotten his meds this morning. Archie apparently sees potential in Crosby which why he keeps getting playing time. Also, Alex Robertson was not as good as Kyle Davis on offense or defense. Just puzzling statements all the way around.

Jros, you must be wearing your rose colored KD glasses

senior year stats:
arob 12.5 ppg and 2.9stl 2 point fucking nine steals per game and many of them timely, that boy was greased lightning son.
kd 8.4ppg and 1.8stl

UD's combined record for those two years was 10-47. They played in the Midwestern Collegiate Conf which eventually became the Horizon League. Comparing their stats is like comparing a go-cart driver's wins to a NASCAR driver's wins - completely irrelevant. An average player easily stands out against sub-par opponents. This UD team and the A10 are far above the '93 and '94 teams and the pre-Horizon League confs. KD is one of the best defenders in the NCAA and has considerable offensive production - a rare combination.

If the opponents were sub par then why was our record 10-47?

Because we were sub-sub-par. Those were the Jim O'Brien days. It was a dark period for UD basketball. We didn't even make it into the NIT from 1990 through 1997. That doesn't mean there weren't good and honorable players on those teams, it just means that statistical comparisons are not necessarily a meaningful tool in comparing players from those two eras. It really is like comparing stats of a Div I program to a Div II program (the GMAC actually moved from Div I to Div II in 2012).

You saying the MWC became the horizon is wildly inaccurate. DePaul, Marquette and a few others were in the MWC

That's actually true - the Midwestern Collegiate Conference was renamed the Horizon League on June 4th 2001 according the Horizon League website. I do agree that it had changed complexion significantly between 1993 and 2001, so probably not a valid line of reasoning. Move to strike.

strike your entire comment, as it is rubbish.

Wooooo doggies Jed. You're a firey old bastard. Just simmer down now.

In '94 we played 9 games against teams in the top 25 at the time - not quite Division II as you suggest. Seems to me that our SOS was better than today.........

I stand corrected. Also, I was incorrect about the GMC moving to Div II - the Great Midwest Athletic Conference is Div II and was formed in 2012. The Great Midwest Conference disbanded in 1995. There is no connection between the two other than a very similar name.

FYI, Blackburn Review was referenced by Tom Archdeacon (DDN) in an article highlighting Crosby's performance last night: "...he has been critiqued, tainted and dissed on social media and on a website for Flyers fans." "...a website for Flyer fans." That's BIG time, baby! No fake news here. #NotmyDDN

No alternative facts here at BBR. We don't have time for them.

*Thinks of all the UD websites*

Yup, he was talking about us.

Does this mean we are no longer "underground". Time for big time sponsors I would think!?

Hey, Crosby has heard all the criticism and has been working hard to get better. He had a really nice game vs G-Mason and should get total props . Cros is a young guy with lots of potential, especially since he is on a team that knows how to develop talent. Lets get behind him and show him some love.

Sonof Sam(miller)

Not my point gurard. He's fucking awful. even in what was a fine 12 mins he looked unconventional. he brought the ball up court but was quick to just get rid of it to anyone that would take it. he would not start on any a 10 team, even the bottom feeders, let alone compare to any of 20 or so solid guards in the league. He needs to transfer. No way are competitive with him as a regular.

When he plays like shit, I'll just say he played like shit. And then when he plays well, I'll just say he played well. How about that?

Big Steve's Ghost

Damn man if my heart din give out we could run 4 man front court, (Me, KP, Cunningham, and Xman) with Scooch at the point.