RecapU. Dayton BasketballThe Annual Live Recap: Omaha

Dayton gets on the plane to Maui at an expected 3-0
Sully2 weeks ago812 min

You all know the drill here by now if you’re visiting this website: I pick a game every season that Dayton SHOULD win, and recap as I’m watching from a comfortable couch in Chicago. Yuengling is poured, pants may or may not be off, let’s do that basketball. No looking ahead to Maui while fresh meat is on your doorstep.

The first 6 minutes were an exhibition of everything that’s concerning about Dayton’s offense. The first possession was a turnover on an entry pass to Obi and then the Flyers proceeded to attempt SIX long balls before the first break. We keep hearing Dayton can play big, they have size, yet here we are, watching the offense settle for long balls time after time. Then Dayton comes out of the break, passes the ball around the perimeter and chucks up another contested 3 from Ibi Watson. Clang. The very next time Ibi gets the ball in his hands he drives to the bucket and gets two points with some contact, imagine that.

Eight threes attempted in the first nine minutes. EIGHT! Against fucking Omaha! Are we all in agreement that settling for this many treys to open the game is ridiculous when this dude is on your roster….?

Dayton really starts to open things up heading into the U8 timeout, forcing 4 Omaha turnovers and getting great penetration on the offense side. The run was sparked by tremendous effort from Ibi on the offensive glass, as well as switching on defense. Great to see some life from the newcomer, I was starting to worry about him. Rodney Chatman also continues being “That Dude” stepping back and hitting a wide open three after an Omaha defender tripped over himself. In 2019, this is called “breaking his ankles”….why? I do not know, but its a thing now.

Random thought: Jhery Matos continues to be an absolute liability on the offensive end. The less time the ball is in his hands the better.

The defense from Dayton is the catalyst for blowing the doors open on the first half and the first truly impressive stretch they’ve had defensively on the young season. UD scores 17 consecutive over almost seven minutes, and the run is mercifully ended by a nice little and-1 from the Omaha big man Pile. The start was slow, and filled with far too many threes, but the good guys go into the U4 timeout doubling up Omaha 34-17 and I’m starting to get the feeling we won’t have to worry about this one much tonight fam. Beer is empty, let’s reload before the half.

Couple minutes to go and Friend of LOWD, John Bedell, takes the words out of my mouth:

Mikesell forces Omaha’s eleventh turnover of the half, which obviously is absolutely pitiful, and this one is turning into a full-on pink socking. UD goes into the half up 18 and Ibi is easily the most encouraging part of what we witnessed in that frame. You have to call this UDs best half of basketball this season, but in fairness, you have to be concerned with attempting sixteen threes in 20 minutes. That’s not going to get it done against even an average defensive team, and the Flyers will see a few of those next week.

I will continue to lean on Bedell for #goodtakes

It’s worth saying before the second half that the only reason to look at a game like this critically is to gain an understanding of how a good team could beat Dayton, and to assess where the strengths and weaknesses may be. No statements are blanket, but all observations you may have I’m sure are valid, because you’re all kinds of alright in my book. Also didn’t realize until 10 seconds before the half started that Dwayne Cohill was the leading rebounder, not sure what to make of this.

Early in the second half, Trey Landers misses both free throws. Children around Dayton weep.

The first four minutes of the second half was about what you would expect from a 20-point thrashing: nothing remarkable, an Obi jam, a couple more missed three balls, and a 10-7 Dayton advantage.

HEY HOLY SHIT! Dayton is 5-for-11 from FT line with 16 minutes to go. That stinks you guys! UD absolutely cannot look like that, ever. Oh yeah, beers empty, blogging is hard, time to refill. Omaha is starting to throw in the towel at the 14-minute juncture of the game. The big white guy, Matt Pile, can seriously hoop, he’s gonna be a full-on problem for Summit League teams. Basically I’m saying Omaha didn’t have the CHEST for UD Arena, as most do not.

Heading into the last 12 minutes of the contest, the phrase “significant to some” comes to mind. The rest of the game will not matter in the grand scheme of things, but gives the team an opportunity to distribute minutes to everyone, and UD begins the run of exclusively playing for the spread (15.5 at close).

It occurred to me with 10 minutes to go that I hadn’t even mentioned Ryan Mikesell. Do we even need to? Chip gives you the same damn thing every night, the Gem City’s prodigal son. He gives and gives and asks for nothing from you people, if I ever catch you not appreciating him you’ll catch a knuckle sandwich.

With 8 minutes to go, and still down 15, the broadcasting team proclaimed “You have to give Omaha some credit” …for what? I do not know. These are the questions.

EASY OBI THERE’s CHILDREN WATCHING!

Mid-second half it’s a great time to address how productive Trey Landers has been on the floor this evening. 100% effort, attacking the boards, knocking down long balls and sharing the ball with a few assists. I said after Charleston Southern that he was a key piece that needs to contribute for Dayton to reach their ceiling this season, and he brought his game tonight.

Couple things stick out as Dayton extended their lead from 15 to 22 heading into the final media timeout: Obi could score at will, the offense remained very balanced in spite of that, and this team is still sharing the rock on offense at an impressive clip. All great things to see as tough games loom in Maui next week. Starters start to hit the bench with 2:45 to go while many sweaters are half to the car.

The final four minutes are just honoring the commitment of playing 40, but you can’t help but be encouraged by the effort from your Dayton Flyers tonight. They didn’t overlook Omaha, they opened up the lead with smothering defense, and they turned the heat back on when the Mavericks got it back down to a manageable score. As I type the final paragraph, Jhery Matos strokes two threes like he was reading my draft window this entire time. Good on you Jhery. AG doesn’t even put the walk-ons at the scorers table to check-in at the end of the game, a commitment to the blowout that can be commended.

It’s a wrap and UD is heading to Maui with a comfortable win people. They’re 3-0 and it’s all good. Podcast dropping on Friday morning with a special guest who covers Georgia basketball.

Wear red, stay #LOWD, see you in Hawai’i.

Sully

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

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