U. Dayton BasketballDayton Pulls A Dayton

What happens after you take down a ranked opponent on the road? You come out flatter than a British man’s ass the next time out (I have no data to back up this assertion, but who’s to argue?). If the Blackburn Review had a motto, it would be “we watch this shit so you don’t have to.” Never was the spirit of that message more evident tonight.

Coming off a big win, on the road, against a ranked opponent? Check. Playing a mid-December game against an underwhelming opponent assuring a milquetoast crowd? Check. Said team playing without its best player? Check. That, my friends, is the formula for a Brian Gregory special – a BG special is defined as “a loss to a team during your ‘get healthy’ portion of the non-conference schedule that will absolutely come back to bite you in March.”

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An absolutely brutal first half saw the Flyers shoot 1-of-6 from three, connect on 50% of their foul shots and were outrebounded by Chattanooga 20-12. Somehow, Dayton was down just 29-24 going into the half. The only thing keeping UD fans from sprinting towards the parking lot was the promise of Frisbee Dogs at the half (crowd favorite Chauncey battled through swollen gums and proceeded to catch 9-of-11 flying discs – seven in a row).

Second half was more of the same as UD continued to falter offensively. The Flyers did manage to quickly take the lead back early in the latter half, Dayton was ahead 37-31 at the first TV timeout. However, Gem City never landed a knockout punch and the game was tied at 46 with eight and a half minutes to go.

The two teams battled back and forth until the bitter end, a Kendall Pollard foul-shot tied the game at 59. Chattanooga ran the clock down, the Mocs’ Greg Pryor drew a foul and converted both freebies to give the visitors a two-point margin. UD inbounded to Scoochie Smith, who drove the length of the court but had his layup deflected out of bounds. The clock hit triple-zeroes before the ball hit the floor and Chattanooga had a 61-59 upset to take back home.

David Jablonski DavidPJablonski TwitterKendall Pollard’s struggles at the foul-line, he shot 8-of-16 from the stripe, will certainly garner much of the blame for tonight’s loss (Pollard’s twenty points more than cancel out his lack of prowess from the charity stripe, in my humble opinion). However, a much more telling indicator could be found on the boards. Chattanooga, undermanned and undersized, outrebounded the Flyers 30-27. That’s as telling a stat as any.

Neither team shot the ball very well, although Chattanooga’s 47% from three was certainly an anomaly that cannot be discounted, it was simply a matter of who was going to make a play with the game on the line. UD let the Mocs hang around too long and Chattanooga made them pay.

Once again, Dayton has shot itself in the foot at the most importune time. With the Vanderbilt win in their back pocket, the Flyers were likely playing for a national ranking and a feeling of security heading into the conference schedule. Instead, UD will recede into mid-major darkness, with plenty to play for but an opportunity squandered.

Going forward we should have more clarity as to what Archie has in store for Dyshawn Pierre. There were reports this week that Miller was considering a redshirt for Pierre, perhaps thinking that UD was well on its way to a tournament berth and is concerned about the senior’s playing shape and state of mind. With tonight’s performance in the rearview, you’d have to believe Archie realizes he could have used another scoring threat. Of course, forty minutes of play should not weigh too heavily on Miller’s mind, but it certainly may throw a curveball in his thinking if he wasn’t leaning strongly in one direction.

Either way, the Flyers have to get back on track. The Xavier loss is nothing to be embarrassed about and plenty of teams will trip up like UD did against Chattanooga tonight. Dayton simply needs to close out with wins over their next three games and head into Atlantic Ten play with some momentum. Stay LOWD.

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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.

28 comments

  • Angry John

    December 12, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Depressing. Bill Murray and his Groundhog must have been in Cinncinati tonight.

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  • luke fab

    December 13, 2015 at 2:13 AM

    THE HORNY CANADIAN RAPIST AINT ALLOWED BACK ON THE TEAM UNLESS HE DROPS HIS LAWSUIT.

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  • TBolt

    December 13, 2015 at 4:39 AM

    Looks like Easter came early for the Miller family as his team laid a big f’ing egg! Enjoy your holiday ham Archie.

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  • CMurder

    December 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Idiots over at UDPride are probably trying to say it’s a good thing not being ranked, because apparently increased media coverage is a bad thing. Thing is, if you compare the resumes of various teams in the lower levels of the top 25, UD should still be ranked. They won’t be, but they should be.

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    • Anonymous

      December 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

      Bad loss… Tough team after only one practice to get ready. Zero energy in first half. Lets stop all the nonsense with DP.. He plays against Miami and has to be easy for Arkansas. Can’t afford another Loss in OCC… Hell I would start him and I would be more aggressive on defense to get is going…. Enough tip toeing… DP is back and plays ASAP!!

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      • Anonymous

        December 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        Sorry for the spelling… Need to be Ready for Arkansas. So pissed about or soft approach with DP… We have all these freshman… Enough!!! Archie grow your balls back and attack!! Stop the excuses!

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  • 5th Floor of Founders

    December 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    This team will not win 20 games without Pierre – period.

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    • Gil

      December 14, 2015 at 1:25 PM

      you are wrong period

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  • Brian Gregory

    December 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    I perfected this with the program….never seizing success by the horns. Scared to death of being relevant on a national level. I’m glad to see Archie is continuing this fine tradition.

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  • tman

    December 13, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    I’m not sure I agree that this is Dayton being Dayton. Not under Archie Miller. Hell they won 26 straight at home. Where is this choke that you speak of under Archie Miller?
    Mad props to the coaching job Matt McCall did last night.
    He’s going to be great one.
    And yes, both teams we’re playing without their best player.

    Which brings me to Dyshawn Pierre.
    Archie has about as much say as tman does as it pertains to when Dyshawn plays.
    I know Archie has said he needs to talk to Pierre and his family but truth be told this is Pierre’s decision.
    And Archie knows it.
    One would have to a fool not to recognize the gift Pierre has bestowed upon UD.
    The U shit down Pierre’s throat yet Dyshawn is willing to forgive.

    It would be foolish if Pierre doesn’t play this season.
    At least for the program.
    This would give the Flyers a real chance to do something special this season.
    We need to take advantage of the fact that Archie Miller is coach and try to squeeze as much success as possible before he no longer is calling the shots here.
    Next season we will be loaded, skilled ,deep and experienced.
    And the kicker is, Josh Cunningham becomes eligible and he’s a monster that plays the same position as Pierre.
    I hope Archie is here to coach them.

    Now is the time.
    All in !
    The next two years could be the best two seasons that this program has seen since the last 60’s.
    Lets not piss one of them away.
    Pierre Plays now!

    tman

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    • Howie Feltersnatch

      December 14, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      Jesus, I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I agree with T-Man. Archie will be at OSU next year or at best, in 2 yrs. Matt McCall should be on our short list of replacements, despite not knowing whether to button his suit jacket or not, or simply take it off. Hell, its likely the suit he wore to 8th grade confirmation. A 4-5 rotation with Chief, DP, and Miller is far better than just Chief and Miller.

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  • Sea World Escapee

    December 13, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    I mean, at least they seemed better than Buffalo or Illinois State, but add’em to the list :-/

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  • 460Lowes

    December 13, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    I hope Archie is running these guys all day today. Learn to make your god damn foul shots. Whatever happened to putting up more shots in practice than anyone else? BG would be proud…

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  • Mr. Wiggles

    December 13, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Sad to report their have been zero shits on the ground the past two games. I truly believe the dump on the floor in the opener was a revolution dump, not an old sweater missing the toilet. I am truly deciding whether or not to drop a wet heater on the floor during the Furman game. Your guys thoughts? If I get some likes or replies I will follow through and drop a hot log on the ground around halftime. It’s time to take back what is ours and fight the revolution! The Pierre mistake is costing them wins and all he did was fuck some loser bitch.

    Let me know Blackburn Nation.

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    • Schickrateez

      December 13, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      How could one say no to such an offer? What’s to think about? If you really want to make a statement, rush the court and spray all over the new logo at half court before security can take you out. All you have to do is get it started. Being hit by the taser will ensure that you complete your mission, and go down in BBR history.

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      • luke fab

        December 13, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        Wiggles- make sure you eat corn so that we’ll know it was you.

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      • Just Hear To Help

        December 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

        Quick tip:
        If you each colored Chalk, your poop will match that color… everyone like’s the powdered blue!

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    • John Deere

      December 13, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      There is no revolution. Never was. Wabler and Curran crushed this pitiful uprising in a very Castro like manner. Kudos to Neil Sullivan for keeping the shitters safe.

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  • Roy Driesen

    December 13, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    You guys are turds and know nothing about basketball. Kyle had some really nice looks from deep, he’s a natural shooter that just needs to keep shooting and things will turn around for him. If those go down, we win. I’m going to work on FT’s with Kendall this off season.

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    • Swampy

      December 13, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      “Loss” to x by 29 is not an embarrassment’? They kicked out butts.

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      • John R

        December 14, 2015 at 8:42 AM

        Why wernt you guys at brakefast this morning?

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    • Gil

      December 14, 2015 at 1:23 PM

      Kyle Davis is not a natural shooter… A natural would not still be finding his stroke well into his 3rd college season

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      • Roy Driesen

        December 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

        Gil, do you know who I am? I am R Driesen. Take a knee pal!

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  • TBolt

    December 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    You want to see some real mid-major mentality? There is a thread on Pride that blames the scheduling saying UD should’ve had a cupcake on Saturday after the road game at Vandy. You think Gonzaga, XU, WSU, Northern Iowa would have that mentality? Nope only the mouth breathers that sit at the arena.

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  • Gil

    December 14, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    Chattanooga will finish with a top 100 RPI… This team will finish higher than 60% of A-10 teams

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    • Anonymous

      December 14, 2015 at 1:48 PM

      The guy is right. Should have been a Lipscome. All the schools do it. It’s really as Dickie V will tell ya a Big School mentality. Example Louisville played at Michigan State and two days later played Grand Canyon at home.111 to 63.

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  • The Kman

    December 14, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    I think Archie is posturing with his Pierre talk. He’s honestly worried about a pierres ‘a professional career in the German League second division? Basically he’s playing the PR game with talk that Pierre has to discuss it, earn his way back and practice for weeks. Archie can’t give Pierre’s lawyer any grounds to argue they let him back quickly to fix the mistake. Pierre’s played here for years and knows the offense. It’s hoops. Go play. Work him in with the second unit and score. Archie just has to make sure it appears like he jumped through hoops to get back to set a precidant for the future. Unless Archie is thinking he’d rather save Pierre for a year of experience for the freshman + Cunningham is a better chance. I’m not buying it.

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    • John Deere

      December 15, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      I am thinking that Archie is going to do what is best for Dyshawn in terms of obtaining his college degree, after all Dyshawn is a “well spoken young man”. One, I don’t known Pierre so he may or not be well spoken. This is what the Priders say to demonstrate that they heard about diversity. Two, Archie is going to do what is needed to win basketball games now. If Pierre isn’t able to contribute for six weeks, he is going to get red-shirted and Archie will promise not to take the IU or tOSU job until Dyshawn graduates.
      I really can’t believe that I was able to type this bullshit with out spitting my scotch on my IPAD.

      Gotta go … Debate is on … Trump will kick some ones ass, most likely Jeb’s and Chris Christie will pile drive Rand Paul.

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