U. Dayton BasketballFlyers Prevail in Nashville

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Flyers only had one true road test on their non-conference slate this season and it was a big one. Vanderbilt was gracious enough to invite Dayton into their oddly-shaped home and UD proceeded to get drunk at dinner, hit on the Commodore’s fourteen year-old daughter and clog the toilet before Vandy asked them graciously to leave (the Flyers keyed VU’s car on the way out too, kind of a dick move if you ask me). One thing is for sure, Dayton won’t be asked back anytime soon.

After trailing by as much as sixteen late in the first half, 38-22, your Flyers booted, rallied and outscored the Commodores 50-29 from that point forward (someone check my math). The Flyers kept their heads on straight, battled back and cut the lead to just eight at the half. A 13-2 run out of the break put UD in the lead (for good as it turned out) and it was game on for the Flyers.  

After beating back a few VU punches, UD found itself up by four with just two minutes left – a “what in the fuck” putback by Sam Miller giving UD the edge. An inconceivable heave from beyond the arc by Kendall Pollard put Dayton up 69-62 with 43 seconds left. Some idiots called it a “dagger” (ahem) but others knew the mission was far from over – apparently the Flyers aren’t known for closing teams out from the foul-line. Vanderbilt got an uncontested layup, Scoochie Smith missed two free-throws and then the Commodores’ Matthew Fisher-Davis nailed a three. All of a sudden UD was up a bucket and only seventeen seconds had expired since Pollard hit his apparent game-winning trey.

Humanely, the Flyers got a stop and two Kyle Davis freebies did Vandy in for good. Dayton walked away with a confidence-inspiring victory over their hosts from the SEC, pushing their season record to 7-1 and giving their tournament profile a nice boost.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” full_height=”yes” bg_type=”image” parallax_style=”vcpb-default” bg_image_new=”12858|http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/archievandy-e1449722650958.png” bg_image_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_img_attach=”fixed”][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]kpvandyThe Flyers, to put it frankly, just outworked the Commodores for the win. UD outrebounded VU by ten and held Vanderbilt to just one second-chance basket all game, a fact that should keep Kevin Stallings up at night. Vandy may have had the size, but Dayton, led by Kendall Pollard, had the might. KP continually attacked Vanderbilt’s defense, getting easy baskets around the rim while drawing contact. The junior forward led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor.

Scoochie Smith has had better offensive nights, he converted only five of his sixteen attempts from the field, but he protected the ball and jump-started UD’s transition repeatedly. The Chief, as expected, got into foul-trouble and was limited to just nineteen minutes of play. He played well offensively, dropping a 10 and 9 against Vandy’s huge frontcourt. Defensively? Let’s be diplomatic and say Steve is a work in progress.

The one lingering question from last night’s game is Sam Miller’s twenty minutes of playing time, but a win has a tendency to quash all doubt.

The Flyers scored forty of their seven-two points from inside the paint (56% of their offensive output. Again, check my math). That’s a shocking number for a team with UD’s makeup against a squad with Vandy’s size. UD shot just 33% from three, a pregame indicator that would have directed to a sure loss. Instead, Archie Miller’s group just out-manned the ‘Dores, they had more…CHEST than their opponents from Nashville.   

Dayton went 59% from the charity stripe and hit 33% of their shots from behind the arc and still managed to beat a ranked team on the road (although Vanderbilt didn’t hold up their end of the bargain offensively either). Rebounding and grown-man basketball won the day.

The goal now is pretty simple, win the last four remaining non-conference games (which would result in an 11-1 record) and head into conference play with a national ranking. Chattanooga, Furman, Miami and Arkansas all visit the Sweater Center, four completely winnable contests. The future is red and it is LOWD, so goddamn LOWD.

Dayton 72 Vanderbilt 67 Final 12 9 15 Basketball State

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Tom Blackburn

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.

35 comments

  • DrFlyer

    December 10, 2015 at 1:58 AM

    Add Pierre back to a Top 20 RPI team and HOLY SHIT Batman this team is locked and loaded!

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  • Schaidylane

    December 10, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    Our bigs cannot seem to move their feet. The game was great and I loved the win, but I just can’t understand how slow Miller and Chief were to move their damn feet. It’s like they waited for someone to run into them, then they decide to move – automatic foul. Go fliers, let’s hope for another Daytona win over the chats this weekend

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  • stonemiller

    December 10, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    where is Mikesell ?

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    • the real stonemiller

      December 10, 2015 at 10:57 AM

      why did you feel the need to rook my username? How about you come up with an original name on your own.

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      • Stonedmiller

        December 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM

        meh

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        • the real stonemiller

          December 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM

          how about douche nozzle or load your mother should have swallowed.

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  • Rudy Flyer

    December 10, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Amazing how the fouls ended up being 21-21.

    Also Damian Jones is a thug; You might have thought he had pictures of the refs committing affairs with the stuff he got away with last night.

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  • Gil

    December 10, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    May of not been a “coming out party” for miller but it is clear Archie believes in him and that is all the validation I need… Suck my dick haterz! Sam is set to be a very versatile… 2nd in rebounds this game too

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    • T-Rex

      December 10, 2015 at 9:19 AM

      Other than being totally lost on that late Jones bucket down the stretch, he definitely held his own. You can tell everything is moving too fast for him right now, but once it slows down, he should be okay.

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      • Kman

        December 10, 2015 at 2:48 PM

        I watch the game quietly hoping Sam Miller fouls out in the shortest amount of court time possible.

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        • TBolt

          December 10, 2015 at 5:17 PM

          I do the same. He always seems out of place. But what a “coming out party”! Man we set the bar low if we think Miller had a good game.

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          • OSU Transfer Jordan Sibert

            December 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

            Big Steve commits his third foul. Archie looks at the bench…..Werhli or Sam Miller? Discuss…..

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            • Gil

              December 11, 2015 at 8:29 AM

              easily sam.. He will be improving a lot during the year.. if this is in March sam MAy be comprable to K Love

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        • TNFlyerFan

          December 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

          As long as he keeps winning… I don’t care who Archie plays. Archie knows a lot more about coaching than anyone pounding on a keyboard and criticizing players

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  • TNFylerFan

    December 10, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    We attended the game… a great environment with UD section out-cheering the mass of Commodore zombies (at least that is the way they looked leaving the game). Fortunate that VU was without Luke Kornet, their best 7-footer (MCL in practice). Not sure we would have controlled the paint with Kornet there… but that’s part of the game. I was concerned that the “teams under the basket” setup would throw the Flyers off, but Archie had that well under control… in fact, the Flyers got the Big W because the ‘Dores were totally out-coached by Archie. His substitutions with our 2 big guys getting in foul trouble was masterful. The noise and cheers resounding through Memorial Gym at the end of the game would have made an outsider think the home team won… lots of fun!

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    • John R

      December 10, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      Did you ware red?

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    • Geeta Shankar

      December 10, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      @TNFlyerFan you da man. way to represent.
      i agree with the author that sam miller’s usage is still baffling. i was afraid when he got that lucky bounce he would try another left-handed hook shot.

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      • Tom Blackburn

        December 10, 2015 at 11:42 AM

        That left-handed hook will live in UD infamy.

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      • Gil's anal bead

        December 10, 2015 at 6:03 PM

        Greeta!! I would

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    • K.Lew

      December 10, 2015 at 11:52 AM

      The Best Fans! I was proud of the Flyer Faithful. I kept not believing my ears when I heard the UD Cheers at first, but it became obvious we were well represented. Great stuff!

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  • 460Lowes

    December 10, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Its nice to see the guys being aggressive and crashing the boards. Not having to rely on the three. Hopefully we get an early Christmas present with Pierre playing on the 22nd.

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  • OSU Transfer Jordan Sibert

    December 10, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    No mention or graphics informing viewers Archie and Sean Miller are related? What’s next? No mention of Pollard playing with Jabari Parker or Scoochie is a NYC point guard? You’re better than that ESPNU.

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    • Bill Lehecka

      December 10, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      No, but they’ve transitioned to telling us that UD is 5-2 in the last two NCAA Tournaments and how that compares to top tier programs…

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    • BRUH

      December 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      they mentioned the pollard parker relationship tho during the game bruh

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      • OSU Transfer Jordan Sibert

        December 10, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        It says, “whats next? no mention of pollard…” meaning next thing we know, they won’t mention something they mention every time.

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  • Kman

    December 10, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Classic Flyer grinder. For a while it looked like Jones was unstoppable in the post. I guess the Vandy guards got tired of watching Jones bubble gum himself on the rim (huh?) and got scared of turning it over with bad entry passes the guards gave up. When Jones realized the NBA scouts were watching suck at the line, he was fine with it. From there, we shut down their offense. We implored our patented……wait, what are we calling it?

    Can we hire that logo agency to brand our defense? We need a hashtag warmup tee. We need HAVOC or LEGION OF BOOMesque branding for our grind it out defense. Blackburn, what are we calling this? Flyeria is when we go 7 min without scoring. So what do we call our defense? how about TURBULENCE. I assume it has to be plane related.

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    • TBolt

      December 10, 2015 at 5:19 PM

      Reach to Aidan Curran for any logo/marketing inquiries.

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  • TBolt

    December 10, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Anyone see Swamp’s grades over on Pride? Gave Sam Miller a B- so far for the year. His reputation took a hit with that grade.

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  • John Deere

    December 10, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Blackburn, look at this message board. Not one F-Bomb dropped. This is one big circle jerk with UD Pride in the middle.

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  • Kman

    December 10, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Blackburn, can you translate Noralander’s intro prose into Blackburn review’s layman’s terms.
    “Dayton fans must be in a constant state of giddy ambivalence. Their prideful program has maintained national relevance while cresting to mainstream success in the past two years under Archie Miller.”

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    • Tom Blackburn

      December 10, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      I assume it means UD fans are happy go lucky. Take the good with the bad, but always LOWD.

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  • Obama Pickup Game Sweatpants

    December 11, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Ware Red be Lowd shirts coming?

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  • Madness

    December 12, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    How much of Archie’s strategy is to ensure his freshman don’t bounce after this year? He’s gotta keep lots of mouths fed and knows Miller is prime on the transfer list with who’s in front of him. Give him minutes now before league play, show him love, and then park him when we’re down 8 to VCU and need someone that can play under pressure. Long term strategery.

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