The Demolition Tour is slowly coming to an end as the Bowling Green Falcons visit the Decibel Dungeon tonight. The good news is that the Flyers will likely come out of tonight’s game with a 7-1 record, basically holding serve and staying out of harm’s way. UD has avoided an early season pitfall,
On a negative note, the teams Dayton was hoping to utilize as resume builders have taken a rather inauspicious slide lately. Arkansas took two consecutive losses on the chin and dropped out of the Top 25. Georgia Tech, which in fairness wasn’t going to be much of an asset come Selection Sunday, experienced a crushing defeat at the hands of USC-Upstate.
Ole Miss is hanging in there, after a tough opening loss to Coastal Carolina the Rebs have won six out of seven — beating Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon along the way. Andy Kennedy’s team should be 9-2 when they head north to take on UD, who knows what they can do in the SEC.
It’s a double-edged sword. Although the games against Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss may not hold the same currency we hoped for, they suddenly look increasingly more winnable. At the end of the day, Dayton needs to worry about wins, not style points. It’s the Cager Way.
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[title type=”fancy-h3″ color=”#FFFFFF”]Under the Radar[/title]
“With basketball season heating up again, you’ll hear a lot more people
around the country saying the name Dayton.”
The preceding sentence appeared in last week’s Dayton’s Business
Journal. The article it appeared it was sent to me with a corresponding
message that essentially labeled the entire feature bullshit. And it is.
I engaged in a quick back-and-forth with the sender and we arrived
at an agreed upon supposition — this program lacks buzz, there has
been absolutely no carry over from last year’s Elite Eight appearance
as far as UD’s profile is concerned.
Some of this has to do with the fact that the Flyers simply don’t have
the type of wins that grab people’s attentions. A larger consideration
is something we covered right after the loss to Florida, one trip to the
Elite Eight is simply not enough to garner continued attention if you
are a mid-major program.
To reach the level of programs like Gonzaga, Xavier, Wichita State,
VCU, etc., Dayton will have to rack up impressive non-conference wins
(away from the Sweater Centre) and consistently make NCAA Tournament
appearances. Until then, UD will continue to fly under the radar (and no,
that is not a aviation/plane pun. I’m not Donoher).
[title type=”fancy-h3″ color=””]Overview[/title]
Chris Jans, formerly the top assistant at Wichita State, is the new coach at BGSU, taking over for the jettisoned Louis Orr. Jans takes over a program that finished last in the MAC East last season, one that hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2009. The Falcons return four starters from last year’s squad and brought in three junior-college signees as well. As a result, BG has a roster full of experience and depth.
Picked to finish fifth in the MAC East this preseason (just ahead of Miami), Bowling Green has dipped its toes in the sea of mediocrity — where I was baptized — as far as the schedule thus far is concerned. The Falcons are currently 5-1, with wins over Wright State, Alabama A&M, Detroit, Drake and Southeast Missouri. BG’s lone defeat came at the hands of Western Kentucky.
Bowling Green has won the opening tip in all of its games this season, you can use that fun fact to bore someone close to you. The Falcons are not offensively adept, below average in most offensive catergoies, but make up for their shortcomings defensively. Jans’ club forces turnovers at an impressive pace and gets after it on the glass.
Led the MAC in minutes last season, a solid outside shooter.
Great name for a Southern frat dude or a guy on “The Hills.”
I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce Mr. Holmes’ first name. I can’t wait to find out, the anticipation is killing me. Richaun is a next-level shot blocker.
Has started each game this season, that’s all I got.
A white kid that takes most of his shots from behind the three-point line. I know, I know, you’re shocked.
Joseph, one of BG’s JUCO transfers, is the team’s best listener.
[title type=”fancy-h3″ color=””]Numbers Game[/title]
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[title type=”fancy-h3″ color=””]Prediction[/title]
No team has scored more than 63 points against the Falcons this season. That shit stops now. Flyers win 72-60.