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Although it is one of college basketball’s most storied rivalries, certainly the most decorated, there isn’t an organized, concise and detailed history of the Arch-Baron Cup. Sure, there are bits and pieces here and there, but, for the most part, the ABC stills exists in the shadows. The national media has downplayed the significance of the rivalry principally due to the intensity of the series. Sports writers are afraid to take sides, commentators are careful...

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Coming into the Puerto Rico Tip-off (which sounds less like a basketball event and more like a theme party at Michael Phelps’ house), two wins seemed like the minimum expectations. The event has the facade of a tournament, but it’s really just three neutral floor games against teams who wouldn’t dare come to UD Arena. After gutting out a win against Johnny Basketball and coming up 4 minutes short against UConn, the Cagers needed to handle...

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[fullwidth_section text_color=”dark” background_type=”image” image=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/sanjuan2.png”] [spacer height=”15″] A comeback victory by West Virginia means the Flyers avoid Juwan Staten and will instead face Boston College in tomorrow’s third-place game. The matchup with the Eagles is a mere business trip. There isn’t much at stake, a win or loss won’t have much impact on the rest of the season (but let’s get that dub anyway).  The hope is that Jordan Sibert buries a few threes, Jalen Robinson...

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I came home yesterday and Larry Hansgen’s book, True Team, covering last season’s run in the NCAA Tournament was waiting patiently. At 57 pages, and presented in a bound magazine format, it’s a retrospective that even people who read with their lips constantly moving can get through rather quickly. It is somewhat organized like a Tarantino script, jumping back and forth to various points of the Elite Eight campaign, covering Dayton’s early success, their sluggish start to...

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With the most significant season in thirty years now behind us, two things become immediately clear: (1) UD may not reach the Elite Eight for another 30 years and (2) Dayton needs to make the tournament field again next season for this program to truly take the next step on the relevancy scale. As to point one, it’s not a knock on Dayton, it’s simply a fact that reaching the Elite Eight, particular for a...

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Can’t sugar-coat it, Dayton faces its stiffest challenge of the tournament tomorrow in Memphis. With a chance at the Final Four, the Flyers get matched up with the hottest team in the nation, the Florida Gators. UD goes into this game as double-digit dogs, with many expecting a complete blowout. As a Flyer fan, what more can you ask for? A chance to get to the Final Four against yet another college basketball blue-blood. There’s...

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What a bountiful few weeks this has been for the UD basketball program. An at-large bid after a very tumultuous season resulting in a matchup with THE Ohio State University in the first-round of the NCAA tournament, what Flyer fan could possibly ask for anything more? The NCAA tournament, by and large, is a reward for subjectively good play during the season and the Flyers, and the Sweater Nation, should treat it as such. A...

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Plenty to be happy about tonight as the Flyers were slotted, rather safely, in the NCAA tournament. First and foremost, UD gets a matchup against Ohio State — a game that has many, many layers of intrigue for UD fans. I’d expect that OSU sweatshirts will only outnumber UD ones by around 4:1 on Thursday. School spirit, you guys. Secondly, the A10 received six bids, second to only the Big 12 who have 7 teams...

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26% of Dayton’s possessions last night ended in a turnover. Those turnovers led to 28 points for VCU. That’s the story of the game in a nutshell. The Flyers shot the ball well, when they hung onto it, connecting on 50% of their three-point attempts and finished the night shooting 46.8% from the floor overall. Regardless, it’s another home conference loss — dropping the Flyers to 1-3 in the league, 13-6 overall. Sidenotes: Dyshawn Pierre...

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RecentRecon: VCU

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This feels like a precarious spot for your Flyers. Another league loss would place UD at 1-3 in the Atlantic Ten and give Archie back-to-back home losses in conference play. The last time Dayton lost its first two home league games was during the 2005-06 season.  Historically, there have been two consistent factors to a Dayton NCAA Tournament berth since the Flyers joined the Atlantic Ten, and they likely won’t come as a surprise. (1) Protect the...

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I have two rules: (1) Never blame the refs and (2) always “plump up” before you get a physical. However, I am going to take some umbrage with the officiating during today’s tilt at Richmond. The refs were blowing more whistles than chicks at a party with Matt Kavanaugh (Okay, THAT was the last Kav joke ever. Swear). The Spiders got to the charity stripe 35 times, converting an inspired 32 attempts (91%). By contrast,...