RecapU. Dayton BasketballPearl Thieves A Victory In Dayton

Mr. Vines8 months ago85 min

Come on in and take a seat, ladies and gents. Got a beer? Crack that shit open. A cigarette? Light her up. Black ‘n Mild? Pass it to Blackburn. Let’s take some time this evening to reset a few expectations for what’s to come.

Tonight marked the Fliers first home loss in over a year, and the first home loss by 10+ since January 2014. Since this is my first post-game blog of the season, I’m going to throw my two-cents on a few things overall. Yes, tonight should have bothered you. The Flyers came out tonight looking scared shitless, which I honestly can’t remember ever seeing. Losing in the Sweater Centre is a rare sight indeed. And it probably won’t be the last time we see it this season, hate to break it to you. We said it on the podcast and I’ll say it again here: don’t be one of the buffoons who tries to convince themselves it’s going to be “business as usual” for UD this season. Far from it. There will be plenty of surprises, both good and bad. The sooner you accept the fact that none of us have a damn clue WHAT to expect (yet), the better off you’ll be. Now enough of the sissy talk, on to the first half.

X-Man sat out again tonight with “back spasms” but Trey returned after sustaining a couple bumps and bruises in Charlotte. The first four minutes were a clown show that put us down 11-2 real quick. For the third straight season, we have ourselves a team that lives and dies by getting into ten-point holes before our second beers are ordered. Kostas apparently contracted a case of the yips en route to the arena and was awarded two fouls within thirty seconds of tip-off. Not ideal when his twenty-foot wingspan is one of the lone defensive weapons this team has. We traded blows with the Tigers until a miraculous 13-0 run got us back within breathing distance with 10:30 left in the half. DURRELL chipped in with 10 points in the first quarter of the game, but went cold the rest of the half. Baby D’s untimely disappearing act was the beginning of an early end for Dayton. Auburn went on another 11-2 run to head into the locker room up 35-24.

Never in my years as a Flyers fan have I seen such putrid shooting from behind the arch. And I’m not just referring to the stat line (2-of-14 in the first half) – I’m talking the straight up CLUNKS these fellas were launching out there. Right now there isn’t much of a noticeable game plan on either end of the floor. It would be lazy to say “it’s a new, young team” if it was February, but fortunately it’s still a valid excuse when you’re six games into the season. Hell, I’m going to take full advantage of that and blame the TEN (10, or 9+1) turnovers in the first half on that too. Fight me.

The worst half of the season thus far was short lived, as the second half stunk to the high heavens. Auburn played Cunningham to perfection and shut him down the entire game. I’m not posting that second half block out of respect for him and his family. Though he still made some noise in the rebounds column, our only chance against half-decent teams right now is when he AND Baby D are firing on all cylinders. It also doesn’t help when Auburn nails 10-25 from downtown and pops in 19 of 24 free throws. I’ll keep our final stats in those areas to myself. The final bell rang with a score of Auburn 73, Dayton 60. Baby D led the team tonight with 18, while Mustapha Heron led Auburn with 21. Both Heron and Chuma Okeke are as good as advertised, and I don’t even want to imagine what it could have looked like if their two suspended (and tallest) players were out there. Needless to say, I’ll be shocked if Auburn finishes 9th in the SEC as predicted in the preseason poll.

There was no shortage of questions tonight. Did we need to sit Crosby the entire second half, regardless of how confident Crutcher has been? Is Pierce getting red shirted? What are realistic expectations for Svoboda? Do any of our players actually know what a foul is? Is there a chance we see Trey fist fight someone this year, for curiosity’s sake? Will anyone rise up and give us another offensive option? Will BDubs move into that building on the corner of Stewart and Brown that has (was?) vacant and become a BDubs/Arby’s jumbo joint? Who knows. Not worth losing sleep over just yet. Difference is, the last several years we could blame a bad game on one, maybe two isolated issues. One night our free throws would be off. Another night we could see Cooke/Sibert/Pierre have a bad game, which caused a domino effect. This year, right now? Everything is pretty awful. Only place to go is up.

Stay LOWD, and we’ll see you in Mississippi Sunday night.

(As always, thanks to David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) for the pictures, and Allaire for the GIFs + Tweets)

Mr. Vines

The man, the myth, the straws, the legend. More than a blogger; less than a God.


  • Kid Flyer

    November 30, 2017 at 3:59 AM

    The last two Flyer teams with losing records.

    I think a realistic goal for this year would be finishing with a winning record and getting two wins in the A10 tournament. Then on to landing another 4 star wing and a 4 star post player. And putting some meat on Kostas.

    If they are really aiming to redshirt Jordan Pierce, after last night, I think the return of the Marshmallow Man may be on the clock. Kostas and Cunningham are going to be in foul trouble all year and Svoboda could not czech his grandmother. We will have to endure!

    Cos will not be back next year if he even makes it through the end of this season without leaving the team.

    Sunday night could be frightening.


  • Kid Flyer

    November 30, 2017 at 6:10 AM

    The last two UD teams with losing records…

    I think a realistic goal for this year’s team would be to finish the season above .500 with two wins in the A10 tournament. Then get back to finding that other four star wing to replace Anthony Nelson and another four star big period. And putting some meat on Kostas. And get Cunningham, Svoboda and J. Davis better conditioned.

    If they are really intending to redshirt Jordan Pierce, based on what we saw last night, I think the return of the Marshmallow Man may be on the clock. Kostas and Cunningham are going to be in eternal foul trouble this year and Svoboda cannot czech his grandmother.

    Cos will not be back next year if he even lasts this season without leaving the team for personal reasons. Not so sure about Svoboda either long-term. Looks like he is playing in cement sneakers.

    Sunday night could be a painful experience. Will need X and Landers’ athleticism and toughness on the court to prevent a potential white washing.

    Need to give it time I guess. McKinley Wright is starring for Colorado and Naz Carter is contributing well as the 6th man for Washington. Wright’s real replacement does not suit up until next year and Carter’s replacement is sitting on the bench in street clothes this year ineligible. What if.


  • The TANK

    November 30, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    The formerly vacant building on the corner of Stewart & Brown is an El Rancho Grande


  • Legend of Fred Eckheart

    November 30, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    A pickup group of Cam Newton, Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley, Pat Sullivan and that assistant coach that was indicted by the Feds could have probably come into the Arena and won last night


  • Grant's Playbook

    November 30, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Probably the worst game I’ve ever witnessed at UD Arena….who is teaching this team offense?


  • Cris

    November 30, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Really glad Crosby came back. He’s a difference maker alright. Can’t score, won’t defend, can’t create. Thanks –

    Sincerely , Your Opponents


  • T-Bolt

    November 30, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    Time to resurrect the hashtag…Do we have coach’s take a Wonderlic test before extending an offer? We have what basically equates to the black Channing Tatum coaching this team.


  • dicky d

    November 30, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    You can sign all the four stars you want – Grant is a shitty fucking coach. Without Ostrom spreading the greenback love, the recruits will be drying up as well. Welcome to the dark age of UD basketball. Hiring a black former flyer was the bonehead move of the century. May as well have hired a spotted North american owl – you cant touch either of them unless they pull a Matt Lauer.


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