RecapU. Dayton BasketballNotes and Thoughts

Sully6 months ago53 min

This team does not deserve a full recap, so instead, I wrote a few paragraphs about the game so we didn’t have to fully re-live the events of Saturday afternoon. I mean, when you REALLY think about it, what is there to write? You went in knowing URI was way more talented than UD, they were. You went in feeling like UD would probably get dominated in most aspects of the game, they did. Everything was predictable, everything that you thought would happen, did happen.

The most telling part of the UD game, to me at least, was the comment made by Danny Hurley after the game to the affect of “We didn’t care about Josh Cunningham 2-pointing us to death, if we stopped the guards we knew they were screwed.”

That couldn’t possibly be more accurate.

Josh finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds in what really was offensive dominance, even if it was due to the allowance from the URI gameplan. For the 1000th game in a row, UD was beaten by the opponents best players, Jared Terrell finished with 24, EC Matthews with 17. URI shot an even 50% from the field, and pretty much scored at will.

With that said, this is the worst defensive UD team we have seen in quite some time, possibly even before the Gregory era altogether. On a nightly basis you can count on UD jerseys chasing the perimeter, getting blown past, and giving up loads of uncontested looks. Writing recaps is difficult because we have all said these things many, many times before.

Couple quick thoughts and then Blackburn will get to the recon:

  • I never know what Matej Svoboda is doing, ever. Blackburn isn’t sure he knows all the rules, jury is out.
  • The biggest mystery on this team is Kostas. Flashes of brilliance continue, consistent brilliance: absent.
  • The boys at A10 Talk ask for rankings every week, and from looking at the A10 top to bottom, UD deserves to be squarely in the middle in my very humble blogging opinion. THAT is how bad the conference is this year. URI will run away with this one by a few games, rest of league will just have to do their best to come prepared in DC.
  • Jordan Davis didn’t score any points on Saturday. Not sure what that is all about, either. Just so many questions and so little time, you guys.

Sully

The LOWD ambassador of Chicago, Sully has spent his life tirelessly watching UD hoops. Welcomer of all takes, hot and cold.

5 comments

  • The Kman

    January 22, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    This team lacks dribble drive talent. DDJr tries his best but he loses 1/3 of the time. Landers is developing it. Crutcher is a freshman trying to distribute. JDavis spot up shoots. Without players capable of attacking the rim, it’s a three man weave, chuck it from the arc offense. It sucks but true. On the flip side, none of our guards can stop the drive. None.

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  • Jeff Serrer

    January 22, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a team shoot 63% from the field and lose.

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  • Lrban

    January 22, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Thank you for your continued LOWD content and service to the Flyer community. I have a few nuggets below:

    * We got used to a defensive swagger, grit and toughness for the last 6 years. Teams personify their coach.

    * Watching Jeff Dowtin get rejected back to the 8th grade was so perfect.

    * If I were subbing, I would consider the 15-year old JV point guard at Simeon to enter the game before JC at this point

    * Despite Danny Hurley having an extremely punchable face, I must give respect where it’s due. He has done a great job elevating that program.

    I would love your thoughts on the following:

    Why did we take Kostas out of the game? He was clearly affecting several drives and shots in the paint and made Rhody a little uncomfortable.

    AG’s ‘switching 1-3-1’ defense was just getting shredded at the high post and led to high percentage shots. Do you think any of the 17 people wearing suits on our sideline became aware of this point?

    Dyshawn carved out a real nice offensive niche dominating that high post on the other end of the court. Do you think Trey has the tools to become that for us in the future? Or will we dribble hand-off 30 feet from the hoop until next November?

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  • Angry John

    January 22, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Time to send Pearce packing if he has turned into a turd and has disrespected AG and the team. I am enjoying the play of “No Name”. The guy is playing hard and he follows AG’s instructions.

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  • Angry John

    January 22, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Our front line defense is as bad a defense I have ever seen. During the Rhody game I thought I was at a bullfight in Spain. I kept yelling out, Olay !

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