I DVR’d this game and found out UD won before I even started to watch it. I don’t know why it is, but I seem to go out of my way to find out the results of football/basketball games even though it will completely kill the experience that comes with watching it unfold fresh. If I DVR the Survivor finale? I go fucking radio silent. North Korea could be rounding up homosexuals in New York City and I would be clueless. I don’t know what this says about me, if anything. Point is, I basically skimmed through the Ole Miss game — stopping only to rewatch Bobby Wehrli’s blocks in slow-motion. Don’t be mad at me.
There were some BG flashbacks, as the Flyers quickly blew a thirteen point lead with six minutes remaining, the margin cut to just three on a LaDarius White bomb with sixteen seconds left. UD did just enough to hold on, edging Ole Miss, 78-74. Though out-rebounded (this will become a trend, I can assure you), the Flyers kept the Rebs off the foul line and once again shot the ball well from the perimeter. This is going to be a very solid win come March. Ole Miss will win games in the SEC and may even challenge for a tournament berth.
Dyshawn Pierre followed up his excellent performance against Georgia Tech with another solid outing against the Rebels. Pierre finished with 17 and 6, a good sign that the junior is finally finding his form going into conference play. Jordan Sibert, who I suspect didn’t mind the dismissal of Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson, wasn’t shy offensively — launching nine threes, connecting on two, and pacing the Flyers with twenty points on the night. Kyle Davis was everywhere, grabbing a team-high seven boards to go along with eleven points. Davis even tossed in two three-pointers, bringing his shooting percentage to 19% on the season from behind the arc.
Dayton, undoubtedly, has been a more fluid offensive team since the bad business went down before the game against Boston University. I don’t believe in adversity, or diversity, but there is something to be said for the way this team has held together and exceeded expectations the past few weeks. Their remaining sixteen games seem a lot more manageable than they did after the Arkansas loss. If UD can avoid injuries and continue to push teams defensively then a twenty-win season is not out of the question.
A Flyer fan wants just three things out of each season: hope, Jock Jams and free chicken. With the conference opener commencing Saturday, at home against Duquesne, the Flyers have assured that the triumvirate of Dayton basketball remains strong.
Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.