Here’s the scary thing: regardless of how angry and disappointed you are after tonight’s SLAUGHTER, this isn’t technically “rock bottom”. Not yet. We still have to play Fordham this weekend at home. You can’t declare rock bottom until you’ve gotten past each and every landmine on the schedule, and at this juncture I don’t even want to turn my TV on come Saturday. Moving forward, the blogs on this site will get the same amount of effort the Dayton team puts into a game. No one in their right mind wants to write about this slop, nor does anyone want to read about it.
Darrell Davis to Josh Cunningham. Dunk count: 2. Tied at 18 with 7:25 left. pic.twitter.com/AreJVYSr5H
— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) February 15, 2018
I’m not going to write a “reckoning” post. Sully already did that. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: we can’t go full panic until AG gets at least a couple seasons under his belt. But right now the Fliers are 10th place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. TENTH place. Those of you who come to this site don’t need an explanation of what that means. We’ve seen only one player improve this year (Crutcher). For the third straight season, we don’t have a leader on the squad. I’ll fight anyone ’til I’m blue in the face over that. I wrote about it the past two years and won’t stop until I’m proven wrong. The last true Captain we had in this program was Siebert. A guy who commanded respect and attention on and off the court. A guy who ran the show, called the huddles, and had the admiration of the coaches and players. Trey is the closest thing we have to that right now, but he’s still ways away. Last year the squad played for the seniors. This year the team doesn’t have a clue what or who to play for, which is a pretty wild shift in culture compared to the last few years.
We got smoked by 18 points tonight. All 5 starters were on the bench with 5 minutes to go. We are 3 games under .500. We lost to George Mason for the first time in a decade. DURRELL had 19 and Josh got 15. Otis Livingston lit our asses up to the tune of 29 points, hitting 10 of 15 from the field. The box score is below, I’m not writing any more about the stats.
“I didn’t think we played well either half, to be honest,” Grant said. “We didn’t have the fire and the intensity on the defensive end. Obviously, you’re going to have nights when shots don’t fall, but you’ve got to have a toughness about you that you can play through that on the defensive end and get stops and get rebounds. We missed 60 percent of our shots in the first half, and we had zero offensive rebounds.” – Coach Grant
Before you go to bed tonight, say a LOWD prayer for Saturday. May God have mercy if that game goes south. Thanks to Jablo for the videos/pictures, and for actually sitting through that in person.