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Basketball polls are completely meaningless, no one disputes this. In a sport where the champion is decided over three weeks in a 64-ish team playoff, where you are ranked in an arbitrary poll means next to nothing. Except to programs like Dayton. For UD, a ranking next to its name is an advertisement, it’s exposure, it is validation. It also helps in our ongoing slapfight with the NEW Big East. I know you are going...

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The Matt Derenbecker experiment has come to an unsatisfying conclusion: The University of Dayton has announced that sophomore forward Matt Derenbecker has decided to leave UD and will enroll at a school closer to home. “I greatly appreciated my time in Dayton with coach Miller and the basketball staff,” Derenbecker said.  “They are genuinely interested in what is best for each player in their program.” “I respect Matt’s decision, and wish him the best of...

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Chris DiSano, a URI color commentator and founder of College Chalktalk, reports that Dayton will renew its series with Ole Miss next season: After one year off, hearing Dayton and Ole Miss will begin a new home-and-home this year, starting down in Mississippi. Dayton swept the Rebs during their previous meetings in 2010 and 2011. The two programs went in opposed directions this season, with Ole Miss heading to the NCAA Tournament while Dayton sat...

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It’s that time of the year, the period of the season when we dip our toes into the murky recruiting waters and pretend to like it. Although we would never bother with speculation and trivial recruiting discussions regarding prep players that have no business at a school like Dayton (ahem, Luke Kennard, ahem), that’s strictly for dupes who don’t mind parting with $9.99 every month, there is never any harm in briefly focusing on actual...

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The season couldn’t have ended any other way. After losing a heart-breaker against George Washington (as was scripted), on a follow-up dunk by Isaiah Armwood, the Flyers had to lie in wait, relying on the results of the Saint Bonaventure/Fordham and Charlotte/St. Joe’s tilts. UD wouldn’t have to wait long, as the Fordham Rams hung on to defeat the Bonnies, winning a game they theoretically had no business even caring about. The Ram win was...

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Going into this weekend’s game, I just wanted to get a pulse on what Sweater Nation™ is thinking ahead of the season’s finale with Gêõrgë Wåshíngtøñ: [polldaddy poll=6948784] Overview GW is basically in the same position as Dayton, needing a victory to solidify their spot in the league’s postseason. The Colonials have shown improvement in Mike Lonergan’s second season in Foggy Bottom. The school will best last season’s ten win total and will continue to...

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Seniors Kevin Dillard, Josh Benson and maybe Brian Vonderhaar (I don’t know, his situation really confuses me –although he is a redshirt senior, would he really go into his pocket to be a fifth-year walk-on next year?) go out in style, cruising to a 75-63 victory over St. Bonaventure. The twelve point win brings Dayton’s league record to 7-8, 17-12 overall. The real story, of course, had nothing to do with Dayton at all. A...

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Dayton is a fat girl who came back to school twenty pounds lighter. Written off just a few months ago, she is now garnering attention she isn’t used to. Maybe she doesn’t even deserve it, but this is UD, any girl not built like an Ewok gets a second look. The Flyers, winners of three of their last four, are a testament to sustained mediocrity. UD is still in a position to finish .500 in...

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Big news yesterday as the Catholic Cabal looks primed to add the Overlords and Horseshoe University to its stable next season. Creighton, according to ESPN, may be in the league’s immediate plans as well: Joining the Catholic 7 schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Villanova — in the new “Big East” this fall will be Xavier and Butler, sources said. Creighton has emerged as the favorite to become the 10th...

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The main function of Twitter, I’m convinced, isn’t to share information, opinions and pictures of food. It’s primarily a crowd sourcing tool. Twitter allows users to immediately decipher what the rest of the world is talking about, what issues and topics are in the forefront of people’s minds. I say that to say this: from my observation of the UD fans I follow on Twitter last night, the rest of the season is like German...

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Mike Rowe has made his small fortune on a show called “Dirty Jobs.” I’ve seen him skim cesspools, process road kill, and impregnate various farm animals. But there are some jobs that he has turned down… jobs that are so thankless that it shatters one’s flimsy grasp on humanity. The three projects he’s sworn to never do are: mop the floor of a peep show parlor, be the NJ State Trooper charged with wiping Gov....

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Well, it has come to this. With just five games left in the season, we are a huddled mass in a theater, quickly looking for the nearest exit. Our real hope is for a fire to break out and that we all get trapped inside (or that a kid with orange hair busts in and delivers the final solution). The cold reality has set in — it’s every woman and man for his/her self. The...