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Former Oakland University guard, and Dayton native, Ryan Bass will use his NCAA-mandated “graduate-transfer” year with the University of Dayton. Bass sat out the entirety of what would have been his senior season last year. A press release from OU last October provides the following details on Bass’ year-long absence from the basketball program: Ryan Bass has left the men’s basketball team due to reasons unrelated to his athletic participation or academic performance. Given university...

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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

5 years ago168 min

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,...

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RecentRecon: Richmond

5 years ago66 min

I’m looking ahead and realizing that tomorrow’s game against Richmond has become rather vital. A loss to the Spiders results in a trip back to the Gem City, to face VCU, with a 1-2 conference mark. A defeat against the Rams means the Flyers are 1-3, firmly behind the eight ball. We don’t talk about “must-wins” here, because damn near every game for a mid-major is a must-win, but the Flyers certainly don’t want to...

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RecentRay’s Got This

5 years ago85 min

Nice easy win for the Flyers last night. UD batted the Rams around for the first part of the first half before putting it on cruise control. Fordham’s guards never got on track offensively and the Cagers earned an important road win, pushing their record to 13-4 (1-1) on the season. Dayton is now 8-0 when scoring 80 or more points. A quick recap from a FOtB Ray Floriani, a frequent contributor to collegechalktalk.com: [quote_box_center]BRONX,...