U. Dayton BasketballOne For the Books, Which We Should Burn

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The next time Dayton plays Miami could be when America elects its first transgender President and it will still be too soon (hopefully sex robots will be commonplace by then to soften the blow). Once again, the RedHawks bring in an inferior team to the Sweater Centre and give Dayton all they can handle for forty minutes – in this particular case, thirty-nine minutes and fifty-eight seconds.

10265396_10153851192832372_5755747356550883510_oMiami had proven itself to be one of the nation’s worst perimeter shooting teams in the nation coming into tonight. So, of course, the RedHawks came out and connected on nearly 60% of their shots in the first half. The Flyers, needless to say, weren’t able to keep pace with the opposition, UD hit just 33% of its attempts in the first frame. Even after being outshot, and outrebounded, Dayton was down just 31-29 headed into the break.

The Flyers came out of the half with their fucking hair on fire, going on a 15-5 run before the first TV timeout, resulting in an eight-point advantage for the home team. UD stretched their lead to eleven with 10:35 left on the clock and it seemed like Archie Miller’s club would cruise to their ninth victory of the season.

Those of us who have followed this program for over a decade, and the series against Miami, knew better.

Sure enough, Miami began to chip away at the lead and the RedHawks were down just three points, 59-56, at the game’s final television timeout. An Eric Washington three-pointer brought the margin to just one, and a steal and fastbreak layup by Abdoulaye Harouna on the following possession gave Miami its first lead since the halftime break.

UD turned the ball over on its two ensuing possessions and MU had the chance to put the game away with forty-seconds left in the game. Miami put the ball in the hands of its best player, Eric Washington, but the diminutive guard’s jumper came up just short. Dayton had the rebound and an opportunity to drive a dagger into Donoher’s heart.

Charles Cooke took the ball up the floor, sized up his defender and attempted to drive to his right. Dayton’s leading scorer was cut off and had to dump the ball off to his closest teammate on the floor, Kyle Davis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” full_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” video_bg=”yes” video_bg_url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K6DGBIlM-M”][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Normally, having the ball in Davis’ hands with one shot to win the ballgame is the last thing you’d want. But, as we know, this is a nonsensical series chockfull of batshit plays that defy logic and decorum. KD dribbled to his left, jump stopped and put up what looked like a one-handed push shot from just inside the elbow. Miami inbounded the ball with two seconds left but the RedHawks desperation heave came up short. UD had their ninth win of the season and Miami was left with a pile of feculence in their stocking.

12371116_10153851191582372_3250003968069422442_oOn paper, this victory will go unnoticed, it’s certainly not a win that will garner attention when Dayton presents their resume to the selection committee in March. However, we routinely assert that avoiding a “bad” loss is oftentimes as important as earning a “good win.” Tonight was clearly a case of shit-the-bed avoidance. The past two seasons have proven this theorem correct. Just a year ago, Dayton was the last at-large team to make the field of 68. Looking back on the season, winning close games against teams like Saint Bonaventure and St. Joe’s was just as vital as the Flyers’ performance in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.  

The most suitable example of the “bad loss/good win” effect came in Jordan Sibert’s first game in a Flyer uniform. As many of you recall, UD opened the 2013-14 season with a buzzer-beating victory over Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (yes, seriously), incidentally it was a Jordan Sibert three-pointer from the corner that brought home the win. Without that win (or perhaps better said, without avoiding that loss) Dayton likely misses the NCAA tournament that season, the Flyers don’t make their run to the Elite Eight and half of you probably aren’t even reading this.

By the way, it’s crazy to think that Sibert’s three against IPFW might have been the most important shot in this program’s past thirty years. If Sibert misses that shot and UD misses the tournament in 2014, think of how the momentum of this program shifts exponentially. Archie stands to be a very rich man in a year or two based on that shot going through the net.

In sum, getting past Miami is never fun and it is rarely reassuring. It’s no different than a trip to the dentist. You are going to be in pain and the whole experience lasts too long but, unless you are in Mexico, you’ll live to see another day.

UD has one non-conference game remaining, at home against Arkansas next Wednesday. One more chance to get LOWD in 2015.

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Tom Blackburn

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    December 23, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    What’s with the Flyers not calling a timeout in these situations? This is a carbon copy of the Chattanooga game where we had 2-3 TO’s left. Call a TO and have Archie draw something up.

    On another note: KD, the definition of Wheelbarrow Nutz there


    • DeezNuts

      December 23, 2015 at 1:35 PM

      That needs to be coached BEFORE the game now (or at least during the preceding timeout). Coaches can’t call timeout when the ball is in play anymore. With the chaos in those final seconds, the players were just looking to get a shot up, doubt a single player on the floor knew how many timeouts we had left.


    • Gil

      December 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM

      Thank GAWD u ain’t the coach


  • James

    December 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    It’s crazier than just the 3. Khari Price’s steal (had to look his name up, totally blanked but RIP) and dish to Kyle Davis, Davis’ travel, and pass to sibert to hit the 3. There’s no doubt none of that happens and Archie will have been here 3 full seasons without a tournament birth. Easily the biggest play in my time following the flyers (2004 or so)


    • Tom Blackburn

      December 23, 2015 at 9:56 AM

      Good points, a lot had to happen for that Sibert shot to occur. Just crazy to think how different things could have been if that play doesn’t happen.


    • Halfway2sweaterdom

      December 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM

      It’s crazier than just the 3 and steal and dish and pass. IPFW had two turnovers in the last 11 seconds. (I looked it up because I remembered it being a crazy ending, and I obviously have nothing better to do).


  • T-Rex

    December 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    What do you think would have happened if Abdoulaye Harouna wandered into Oxford, OH 100 years ago?


  • 240

    December 23, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    I know this has been mentioned on the podcast but the minutes are really starting to rack up for the starters. Just look at the box score. Archie has to figure out how to get more than 3 minutes out of the X Man against teams like Miami. I know DP will help this but I think they still need to get to an 8 man rotation (I’m not counting Cosby when he’s only in there because Scooch had fouls).


  • Roy Driesen

    December 23, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Who told you neophytes that Kyle just needed to keep shooting?! That’s right RD did! Who cares that he had three straight turnovers before that, he is just a winner. Awesome win last night, hit a few glory holes in the Oregon District post game to celebrate.


    • Lou Brown

      December 23, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      I like your RDriesen and I give it a solid B, but you need to step up the thin skinned, self righteous overreactions.


  • udyerfan07

    December 23, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Scoochie and Pollard with a combined 7 shots? And two of those were Pollard 3 point shots?! That can’t happen.


  • Les Steinlage

    December 23, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Do u think we’d still have the same uniforms if Sibert missed that shot vs. IUPFW?


    • Tom Blackburn

      December 23, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      This may be the biggest question of them all.


    • Anonymous

      December 23, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      Same uni’s but different AD


  • Gil

    December 23, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    update the Win/Loss schedule you lazy fuck


    • Tom Blackburn

      December 23, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      Gil, be a good boy. It’s the Christmas season.


  • John Deere

    December 23, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    At last … No linky goodness cliche horse shit, I doubt that Reiman or Swampy would ever type feculence for the Priders to read. Chip did get a little burn last night, but was directed to sit next to Joey after getting burned. The lanky forward from the northern Miami Valley hamlet of St. Henry is not used to chasing kids from economically challenged neighborhoods around th court. I’m thinking that Swampy beats this youngster H- O- R- S- E to H- O at the local Y.


    • Tom Blackburn

      December 24, 2015 at 2:10 PM

      Hamlet is a great word choice. Well done.


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