After witnessing a humbling defeat, we here at Blackburn Review always find it best to take the full weekend to digest what went down. It’s good for the soul. Blackburn is the kind of guy who would heal your pain with a story or two about his drunken escapades years ago with a stripper in Richmond named Tori (just a coincidence). Mr. Vines prefers a bottle of whiskey and a late night bar to tell you how he feels about John Crosby. We all have our ways of coping. I’m going to skip the BS today because the game made me sad and made you sad but now it’s time to look forward to the conference home stretch and Rose Hill Gym on Tuesday. Before we do, here’s what went down:A group of like 10 kids camped outside the Siegel Center for some reason, and nonsense aside, the atmosphere looked and sounded great from the jump. The Flyers were able to avoid the normal rigmarole of playing like total garbage in the first 10 minutes and we saw the game tied 16-16 from some good back and forth early on. In the first half the Flyers were able to stretch VCU with quick in-and-out passing and it led to more space on the floor to execute. Credit where it’s due to Will Wade for making the necessary adjustments to tighten that up later in the night.

The Flyers played sound defense for the first 15 minutes of the opening half. An unbelievable block by KD was followed up with an alley-oop to KP, and another dunk for the chubby fella a few minutes later would bring the Flyers lead to 10 with 5 minutes left. You started to get the feeling UD would be able to control the pace, but VCU counter-punched quickly, the home crowd got behind them, and they rattled off an 8-2 run to close the gap to 33-31 at the half.

The second half felt like the Flyers were running uphill the entire way, and Justin Tillman was mostly to blame. Tillman whipped that ass down low all night, to the tune of 18pts, 9reb, including 5 on the offensive glass that led to put-backs. You also can’t accurately talk about the second half without mentioning VCU’s defensive effort and their ability to limit open looks. The Rams were able to force the Flyers into bad shot after bad shot, and then the game became exponentially more frustrating by the Flyers getting mollywallopped on the defensive glass late in the shot clock and conceding easy buckets underneath. UD would finish the night being outrebounded 41-24 (18-8 off.). VCU got the lead up to 6 with 4 minutes left, and then 11 by the 2-minute mark. After that, it was all over but the crying. Part 1 to the Rams, 73-68.

“I think he’s one of the more improved bigs that we’ve played against in the country,”  Archie Miller said. “He is a great offensive rebounder and the way that they play right now, those guys are down there all the time.”

Let’s get straight to the Hickory BB-Q Hot Takes of the Game:

The Elephant in the Room

John Crosby isn’t good. At this point in the season you know exactly what you’re going to get from John Crosby: wildly erratic ball-carrying that can’t be trusted under any circumstances. Just the type of guy you can’t trust in a crisis, basically. With that in mind, it does us less good to focus on the shittiness of Crosby than to focus on the real problem: Scoochie staying on the goddamn floor. It has become wildly apparent that UD does not have a real, viable option at back-up PG and the problem can only be solved by keeping the large testicles of Scoochie dragging on the floor. Even 9 minutes for John felt like too many.

UD’s rebounding was piping hot garbage

The rebounding tonight was just god awful and there’s no two ways around it. It lost UD the game, it negated their fantastic on-ball defense, and it bailed out VCU countless times in the last 10 seconds of the shot clock. MAC, Tillman and the Mohamed guy combined for 38pts and 22 boards. Comparatively, the starting 3 guards of VCU were good for 22pts and 11 boards. That’s the story of the game. Mikesell disappeared and was absolutely swallowed up down low in his 23 minutes on the floor.

Kyle fucking Davis

Dude just continues to be a player. He blocks shots, rebounds, dishes, and particularly on Friday night…was able to knock down treys. Kyle’s impact is never accurately reflected on the stat sheet; he just does the dirty work.

DURRELL WATCH

For the rest of the season Blackburn Review is going to record the DURRELL WATCH. No bullshit, Durrell is the X-factor for the Flyers the rest of the way. His defense continues to improve, and next to Scoochie and Kyle, it looks like every team the Flyers play is going to have fits trying to score in the back court. However, you can’t be scoring 5 points, man. On nights like Friday (particularly the second half) when UD can’t figure out how to tie their shoes on the offensive end, a quick shot from Durrell needs to be the answer. We’ve all grown tired of this story by now, but there is clearly trust in Durrell from the coaching staff and he needs to better capitalize on his minutes.

THE ROAD AHEAD

This loss meant very little in the grand scheme of things for our Flyers. You just saw the two teams who will be fighting for the conference title this year, I think at least that much is clear, however it is still unknown which 3rd/4th team will stick around to make things interesting. The next few weeks will slow down into a period of repetition, the dog days of A10 play if you will. UD will play each Tuesday for the next 4 weeks (alternating home/away), and then alternate Friday/Saturday games (home/away) the remainder of the season as well. The only obvious ramification of Friday evenings defeat was that March 1st in the Sweater Centre will most likely turn into a must-win game to hang the conference banner. The best you can do is stay LOWD. The boys travel to the Bronx on Tuesday to take on more Rams at Fordham. We alright fam.

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1 - Can Trump sign an EO that brings a solid JUCO point guard to Dayton next year?
2 - John Crosby's game is almost reason alone to keep funding Planned Parenthood.
3 - Which assistant is getting the job when the Miller's relocate to Raleigh next year?
4 - I want to pay for Tom Ostrom to take the Ancestry DNA test?

The real elephant is the room is this is not a tough group. Oh yeah Kyle/Scoochie you take in the bunker but after watching the game again... Kendall Mia on the defensive glass and Charles one rebound... the sophs retreated and ran away from the action . Ryan and X simply did not compete and got tossed around like rag dolls . All five losses mauled on the glass and bullied inside... got to take a stand and fight. Archie .... very good young coach... the word Great is used to often and at times without validation... so we should build a statue for him with what he has had to endure but at the sake of getting mauled for criticizing him I am going to... he also needs to grow some balls and take some risks. Plays to the chalk to often . Example was the 2 fouls on Scoochie... he had to put him back in and take the risk... Crosby can't play , Enough make it stop. Now to the defense which is the strength of this team. In all five losses. The offense was stagnant , He always waits too long to press and trap... had never believed in it and it is costing him. When you lose the guys he has you have to change things up. Sat nite a GREAT coach Bill Self on the road switched to a zone and beat Kentucky . Self hates zone was shorthanded reached in pulled out his balls and slapped Calapari with them. We cannot lose on Tues, they will play like it's the Super Bowl and we need to go right at them. We are getting Josh back barring setback for the Home Bonnie game... perhaps sooner in the meantime this group needs to become junk yard dogs and fight . Oh it's easy at the Arena but on the road you just have to be a cock.

Good portion of this loss has to go on Archie. All that said, the disappearance of the sophomores was the biggest factor @ VCU. Spin zone: if Josh plays the rematch, things even out down low.

Totally agree that Cunningham would have/will make a huge difference against teams that are big down low. He was supposed to be our Top rebounder this year. I can't wait to see him play again this year. Could be the spark this team needs to get over the hump and win these close games...

My dick remains plump and/or flaccid. Not sure we will get ROCK HARD status until March 1st.

Stay tuned.

LOT of empty wins ahead.

Obviously the end goal is to make the tournament every year. Personally think we're the best team in the conference, but that doesn't mean we will win it all in Pittsburgh come March. In my opinion, 5!3 flyers can only lose once more in regular season conference play. I think when the committee takes a close look at our resume, they will not be impressed. Time to turn it on flyers.

14-4 still gets us in. BTW do you happen to know anywhere in Denver I can watch the URI game next Friday? Do they even have an alumni group out there?

Send them an email at denver@alumni.udayton.edu or check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/UDdenver. They have about 1000+ Alumni there, so assuming they're watching the game somewhere.

Send them an email at denver@alumni.udayton.edu or 'like' their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/UDdenver. About 1000+ UD alumni in Denver, so assuming they'll watch the game somewhere.

I can't wait for Archie to be eliminated from the ESPN Infinity Coaches Challenge. He cares more about that than he does game planning. I thought I saw him glancing at his phone right before he sat Scoochie with 2 fouls to check where he was at in the standings. It really has a negative affect on his ability to make adjustments and rationalize. You can see it on his face sometimes as he zones out during the games. He is envisioning himself overtaking Mark Few and moving onto the next round.

UD needs to change it's nickname to "Rams" so The Rams can win every game.

Legend of Fred Eckart

Is there any possible truth to the rumor that might be going around campus that RUDY FLYER left his Bomber Hat and Scarf on this Tori's nightstand saturday morning?