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Mr. Vines2 years ago336 min

Blackburn is off visiting America’s Playground so Vines is checking in with the recap. He said it was a “business trip,” but after another cryptic Instagram last night, only God knows.

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Welcome to March, bitches. Senior Night at the Robins Center. Coming into last night Dayton had lost 6 straight games here (circa 2004), and there were several stretches where I was convinced we’d be adding our 7th. But the Fliers managed to squeak out an 85-84 victory thanks to a second half surge from our boy Scoochie. Let’s get into it.

First off, I’d be lying if I said my confidence wasn’t through the roof all day long after Queen Miller was dropping HEAT late Monday night:

In the words of my high school journalism teacher: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. You baboons can believe what you want, but when the Queen speaks, you bet your sweaters Archie and the team listen.

Last night we did something unseen for the last several games: score the first points. After jumping to an 8-2 lead by the first media timeout, “Dem Fly Boyz” looked like a Division I team again. Pollard was out there playing some aggressive ball for a change and started for the first time since returning from injury. Unfortunately, that stint didn’t last long and the nightmarish habits soon returned. Big Steve got two quick fouls (for once) – the first one AWAY from the ball and another about 60 seconds later. Dayton then thought it would be fun to let Richmond go on an 11-3 run before Archie called for a break with 8 minutes left in the first half.

Cline was by and far “dat dude” for Richmond and shot lights out, netting 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the game. He would finish the half with 18 points, hitting 7-of-10 from the field. Other than Cline, free throws added another thorn in our side as we went 2 of 6, with Richmond making 6 of 8. Cooke drained a 3 ball on our last possession, but the Flyers went into the locker room down 37-32.

(-1.5?! What a steal! Especially on the road. Well done, Vegas!)

Enter, Scoochie Smith.

The Scoochman came out HOT to start the second half, bodying in the first 4 points with energy that again has me asking “where in CHRIST’S name is this the rest of the time?” Cline nailed his 25th point barely 6 minutes into the half. We would proceed to trade blows after getting within one point, until the wheels appeared to be falling off in a hurry and Dayton was down 54-45 with 12 minutes to go. At one point we were 3 for 10 from the charity stripe while Richmond was 10 for 13.

But it’s always darkest before dawn. Something lit a fire up under dat ass and Dayton trucked along on a 16-3 run. With just under 4 minutes to play, Dayton was holding onto a 69-64 lead. This turned into a damn free throw battle, but the Scooch Man hit 6 straight at one point:

The score was 81-77 good guys with about 30 ticks left. Scoochie would end up at the line one last time with 6 seconds left and went 1-for-2. Needless to say, him missing and Cline running down to score in the last seconds had some people from this blog a little bothered – but the game was wrapped.

Cline finished with a career-high 36 points, shooting 13-20 from the floor. Scoochie had 24 in the second half alone (has he been reading the comments here?), finishing the game with 26, with Cooke next in line at 21. Archie said afterwards that Scoochie played “the game of his career”. No argument here:

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Tonight marked our 7th conference road game of the year (if you can believe it) and the most in one Dayton season since we joined a league in 1988 (shoutout Schwade). Even the bench was feelin’ it:

Sam Miller, not so much:

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Pierre told our boy Jablonski after the game that the team had a “players-only” meeting after Saturday’s loss. Take what you want from that. A win is a win, especially one on the road against a solid team. No more looking back to those last few games – it’s go time. Let’s win a fucking home game Saturday then roll up to the A10’s and handle some BIDness. You know what to do:

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Mr. Vines

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33 comments

  • Anonymous

    March 2, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    -1.5…ouch

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  • Obama's Pickup Game Sweatpants

    March 2, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    I think it’s time to limit the rotation. Starting 5 all need to be playing well into the 30+ minute mark depending on foul trouble and Pollard’s ability to play extended stretches. I know in previous games those same starters were sucking at times and Archie was searching for lineups/sparks/playing random lineups, but if you caught on to a trend last night starters came out great, reserves gave it right back, and were down 11 after the bench was in the game in the 2nd half, we were playing like shit when our starters weren’t in.

    Sam Miller is the prototypical frosh right now. He’s played okay in some stretches (Duquesne 1st half, Rhode Island), horrible in others, but man, last nights 5 minute stretch in the second half was one mistake after the other. Some of the worst and softest collegiate basketball I’ve seen from someone. Really soft out there. Say what you want about Wehrli, but he and X won’t play scared out there and Sam looked and played scared. Wehrli and X need to be getting those minutes when Pollard and Pierre need a blow.

    Big Steve continues to be a human foul unless there is another plodding big guy out there. If you’re going to give him any minutes, we may need to play some zone otherwise there is no point. He’ll just pick up quick fouls.

    Scooch and Cooke=Dat Dudes

    when fronting the post, there needs to be weakside help. Cline scored 10 of his 900 points on simple lobs over the top. Took until the last few possessions for us to finally, finally adjust.

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    • Mr. Vines

      March 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM

      Yup. I believe Richmond went on their first big run as soon as Scoochie took his first short break last night.

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    • ShoweyD

      March 2, 2016 at 1:24 PM

      I think any non NCAAT game is still too early to say the starting 5 needs to all be playing 30+ minutes. I do think we need to shrink the rotation. Steve needs to stay in (depending on matchups), Darrell should be getting minutes in the teens, and Crosby has to spell Scoochie for a little bit. Scoochie can’t be playing 35+ minutes now and in the A10 tournament. There will be breakdowns if he does. After that, maybe the X man gets in there to play some defense here and there.

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  • LFG FLYERS

    March 2, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Sam Miller played one of the worst games I’ve seen from a D-I player in a long time last night. He is a liability on both ends of the floor and nothing made this more evident than his “side of the backboard” 3 and then getting dunked on in the lane with his back turned. This kid shouldn’t get off the bench for a long ass time. Also, why does it look like he’s always a second away from bursting into tears?

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    • Deli Jan

      March 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM

      For reasons you just described. He’s softer than baby shit.

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    • Gil

      March 2, 2016 at 1:46 PM

      Go back to your factory job you cry baby bitch

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      • T-Rex

        March 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM

        Still all in on Sammy, eh?

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    • Sonof Sam(miller)

      March 2, 2016 at 3:25 PM

      Loved his hustle for the carom after barely missing the dagger from the corner!!!! Can just see how much he wants it.

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    • John Deere

      March 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM

      One of the TV commentators reaction to Sam’s shot off the side of th backboard was “oh my God”. I don’t see Sam being invited back next year. I also like the teddy Allen dunk where he ran right up Sam’s back.

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      • John Deere

        March 2, 2016 at 8:01 PM

        Sorry Terry Allen’s back. Why am I apologizing to you cretins?

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  • Mr. Wiggles

    March 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    MY DICK IS HARD AS A ROCK AGAIN AND I DIPPED MY BALLZ IN TMANS EYE SOCKETS

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  • SammySmithSearchParty

    March 2, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Well this game was unexpected after witnessing this team shart their pants game after game week after week. Scoochie stopped by the Bronx to pick up his gigantic hanging “Big East”, brought them to Richmond in a wheelbarrow and set them on that spiders face at center court coming out of halftime. Luckily “Chris” Cooke hit timely shots and pooped in John Goodman’s characters’ mouth in “Arachnophobia” and long live Norman Plummer!!!

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  • Gil

    March 2, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Scooch silenced you boyz

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    • Tom Blackburn

      March 2, 2016 at 3:16 PM

      I wish he silenced me by hitting one of those free throws

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      • Gil

        March 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM

        agreed.

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  • Tom Blackburn

    March 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    does anyone have $500 I can borrow?

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    • Tom Blackburn

      March 2, 2016 at 3:17 PM

      It’s all good, I completely liquidated Donny’s stock options.

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    • Erv Giddings

      March 2, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      If you open a Go Fund Me account I would contribute – granted we’ll see some U o D ass paints this month during tourney run…….

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  • Sonof Sam(miller)

    March 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    No box score?? Where do you get the one with usage and efficiency????

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    • T-Rex

      March 3, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      After Saturday’s game, can we get a full season box score with the usage/efficiency. I want to too see White Same quantified. His +/- has to be dreadful.

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  • Buster

    March 2, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    So Blackburn ain’t hustling tricks at the Vegas greyhound terminal for bus fare home? Good job!

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  • Anonymous

    March 2, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Blackburn, thanks for picking Richmond to win. It was all you. Now, about VCU . . .

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  • Baby Gangsta

    March 2, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Never thought Id see the day where the BR becomes pride II – That team that they squeaked by aint making the NIT or CBI. A fucking white guy put up 31 on their lazy asses. VCU will kick the shit out of Dayton, and Cooke will be named team MVP for not hearing Pierre rape that chick in the next room. And Sam Miller is a DIII player. You fucking hillbillies have dodged Wright State long enough. Come get some.

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    • Erv Giddings

      March 2, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      Baby G you need to go dip your balls with Mr Wiggles…

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  • The Kman

    March 2, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Once again more rejected DDN headlines.
    (I’ll keep this going if requested)

    During break, JT Cline councils Sam Miller on how to reach his first team all A-10 Punchable Face Potential

    Mr. wiggles dip withdrawal symptoms finally subside after flyers win

    Jon Rothsteins douchey hair poof out douches his halftime douchey spider web puns.

    JT Cline out YMCA’s Flyers defenders in first half. Second half he Tires out then storms off court after unsuccessfully trying to call a charge.

    Big Mike disappointed to learn from Student Trainer his foul trouble doesn’t qualify him for a second redshirt.

    Archie Miller’s halftime adjustment is to not make any halftime adjustments.

    After Sam Miller shoots ball into side of backboard, UDRI research report concludes Founders freshman with bad acne and bad body odor officially has more confidence.

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    • Anonymous

      March 2, 2016 at 10:06 PM

      Yes

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  • Smokey

    March 2, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Come on Blackburn, that’s an amateurs bet! $500 laid to win $545.55? Next time lay the full -110/550 up front and keep it simple. Thats mid major, that ain’t Big East brah!

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    • Tom Blackburn

      March 2, 2016 at 10:21 PM

      I only had $500 on me at the time, whatcha gonna do? Figure I saved myself $50 in the end.

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  • Angry John

    March 3, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Just read that some Arena renovation committee voted 16 to 0 that they had no problem doubling the seat licenses for the lower Arena. That sounds like a University stacked dog and pony show committee. North Korea does not even stack a committee that well. A non stacked Pro UD committee would have some distention. What a joke ! Who do they think they are fooling ?

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    • Swampys son

      March 3, 2016 at 4:20 PM

      I was invited but skipped it. Fuck those assholes trying to steal old peoples money

      Reply

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