Not going to go to deep on this one as there isn’t too much to say. UD got undressed, pink-socked, debacalized, etc. Xavier came out determined to put a hurting on Dayton and that’s exactly what they did, winning 90-61 (and it wasn’t even that close). The loss drops UD to 5-1 on the season, temporarily putting a damper on those Final Four plans we all made after beating Iowa.

It never felt like Dayton was even in this one. The offense had more turnovers than made field-goals late in the first half and the Musketeers were getting to the rim with ease – when they weren’t dropping bombs from three at a 42% clip. Xavier’s offense was as balanced as ever, six players scoring in double-figures, scoring from damn near every spot on the floor.

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The turnover situation has become a full-blown calamity. Another 22 today just adds more misery to an aspect of the game the Flyers are going to have to address immediately. 22 turnovers will get you beat against Xavier and it will get you beat against Saint Bonaventure. UD is talented enough to beat any team remaining on its schedule, turnovers are one area of the game that will completely decimate any advantage in talent. Get it sorted out, Arch.

Whereas the previous five contests allowed us to focus on the extremely positive, this one permitted us to see glaring flaws. Big Steve was clueless defensively, outclassed and outwitted. X continually pounded the ball into the middle waiting for Chief to over-commit before dumping it off under the hoop for easy buckets. Kendall Pollard seemed to be the only Flyer on the floor with an aggressive attitude offensively, he constantly challenged X’s bigs in the lane drawing fouls and getting to the line.

Dayton was fortunate to get to the stripe as much as they did, scoring 21 of their total of 61 points from the foul line (X, by comparison, only scored 16 from the line, scoring an unbelievable 74 points from the field). Gem City only connected on 25% of their three-point attempts, shooting poorly from the perimeter is always a recipe for disaster for this team.

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Make no mistake, Xavier is a really, really good team. They rebound, they defend and they can shoot it. They will no doubt win 20+ games and be in the Top 25 for the rest of the season. They were Dayton’s better in every phase of the game.

This was an ugly loss, but certainly not a season-defining one. As a whole, it’s rather meaningless – outside of a constant and painful reminder of how perceptions of a team can change in less than 48 hours. UD took a dehumanizing loss like this late in the 2013-14 season, a 26 point blowout at St. Joe’s, and still managed to make the Elite 8 that season. Keep it in perspective, hug your kids and the elderly.

The important thing is UD got the two necessary wins down in Orlando, including a resume-building victory over Iowa. As I said yesterday, a win against Xavier would have been icing on the cake, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The season has barely started, we can still get LOWD. 

Dayton can get their minds right with a beating of North Florida this Saturday. 

Xavier 90 Dayton 61 Final 11 29 15 Basketball State

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The Kman
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Three things this game gave us. Cbs showing us four different angles of jalen Robinson pushing Sam Miller out of the way then dunking on his head. The Sam Miller era is off and running. The Pollard triple double. 15 pts, 12 rebounds and 10 turnovers+missed foul shots. Big Steve continued his 6 game streak of Kavs…..moving screens 30 feet from the basket. 25 more games to go. Keep it rolling Big guy. Question of the week for Blackburn….. Darrell Davis, official soph slut deacon 5 status?

The Kman
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Defcon 5. F u autocorrect

Gil
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boi if you thought Sam miller would be able to handle 6’10” 240 by this time his freshman year you dumb as hell… Jalen is also probably gonna be a 1st or 2nd team Big East. The Fuq outta here you inbreed terd

TBolt
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Hi Sam

Gil
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jalen also turns 23 in a month.. Prime example of why Dayton took a chance on Detwon Rodgers. 5 years of slaying puss and slamming brews Sam will have Jalen’s washed up ass valeting his lifted Ford F-150 at the strip club

Sportz Fan
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If there is a silver lining to be found, this type of a drubbing might have been just enough to get Driesen to end it.

John Deere
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He is close. He is lighting up Flyerhoops as I type.

John R
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That Driesen guy is an annoying idiot!

CSF
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Now we know how Lamar Odom’s nasal cavity felt…

chosenone
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It really doesn’t matter much flyers got their 2 good wins. Hard to play well when 28 fouls were called in the first half. I give X credit in playing well during that ref shit show.

TBolt
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Blackburn do you think Swampy is hate fucking his wife tonight? I mean really giving it to her pushing her head against his Amish made headboard while wearing socks and his tighty whities ?

John Deere
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I’m thinking he’s letting off steam. Ball in’ with his posse at the Y. Get a few games of 21 in before he puts a crop to her ass.

John Deere
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Blackburn, with all due respect, your recon of Xavier was, well pretty much fucking wrong. Xavier shoots the ball better than Golden State.

Schickrateez
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Xavier was very inconsistent from 3 last year. This year has been much better, but it’s a very small sample size. The thing with them is, once one starts hitting, they all start hitting. They get hot in a hurry, and can put a lot of points up quickly. They are also very good at beating their man off the dribble. The play is to give up the 3’s and hope they miss, rather than give up the lay ups. Dayton just got unlucky, and ran into a team that’s starting to hit on all cylinders. Dayton will be ok,… Read more »
Timmy Wabs
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Big Steve is the worst black basketball player in America. I imagine that’s how he looked when he was taking the SAT .

TBolt
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Steve went from lottery pick next year to playing lottery scratch offs in 4 years in one tournament.

KRBuk
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Considering this was over at half and there were so many breaks for whistles I was able to get over this one fairly quickly.

We all knew the Iowa win was necessary and helpful for long term success but HOLY SHIT ALABAMA AND MONMOUTH BOTH WON 2 GAMES! Bama is guaranteed to win double digit games this year which I was highly concerned about after their UD and X matches.

If we can just get that W against Vanderbilt then the non-con has been mission accomplished.

TNFlyerFan
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We will be at the Vanderbilt game, but we were more optimistic about the Flyer’s chances 24 hours ago. Vandy is a possible Top Ten team with three 7-footers who can play. Their cockamamie team bench setup under the baskets throws first-time visitors off and Memorial Gym is as friendly to visitors as the UD Arena… Hoping for the best but not dropping any dollars on this game.

Sea World Escapee
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An additional objective is getting to conference play without losing to whatever “St. Mary’s School for the Blind”s we’re playing this year

The kid from Lowes
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Dudes, Sam Miller is fucking awful. Motherfucker should have gone to Maryland Eastern Shore.

Gil
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DAYDIN needs to play in a up and down game with multiple extended periods without a whistle.. refs dictated the pace. Won’t happen in March. Not worried. That Edmond is a fuckin’ beast. The kid from Loews is wrong, you taint licking terd.

The kid from Lowes
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Before you start running your cock-holster, you might want to check some film of Mr Miller so far this year. He’s weak, can’t hit a three (I thought this guy could shoot) and is completely overmatched when he steps on the floor.

LFG FLYERS
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the look on sam’s face in the cover picture looks like he just saw his mom’s tits for the first time when she got out of the shower…

was in orlando and i don’t think i’ve ever seen a worse stretch of games from single player than what i saw from DURRELL. absolutely lost on defense and couldn’t hit shot even if he was promised some sweet white poison back on campus, if that’s what he is even in to…i get yellow fever vibe from that kid.

5th Floor of Founders
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5th Floor of Founders

That picture of Miller is priceless! Looks like he just took one up the mud vein . . . . twice.

TBolt
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Hopefully Advocare gave Archie Miller a “24-day challenge” package. He is starting to look a little bloated. The extra weight may be affecting his talent evaluation after seeing Sam Miller and Big Steve suck against < 200 rpi teams.

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