The Flyers returned to the friendly confines of UD Arena for the first time in the year of our Lord 2020. The fellas came out energized, focused, and were all over the Minutemen from the opening tip. Dayton’s defense was super efficient in the first half and UMass simply had no answers for it. The offense was, as it has been all season long, lethal. Jumping out to a 27-7 lead in the first 10 minutes of the contest, cruising the rest of the way. There were six players in double-figure scoring for Dayton, Obi leading the way with 16 points.
Unless you live under a rock you are aware that Obi exited the game early in the 2nd half with an apparent ankle injury and did not return. His status for the VCU game is still up in the air, which was the only negative result during the game against the Commonwealth. Everything else though? Pretty great, guys. No complaints from this side of the room with what we saw on Saturday.
Jalen Crutcher passed Head Coach Anthony Grant on the Dayton all-time scoring list with his three-pointer at the buzzer of the first half (with maybe the worst BLOB defense I have ever seen). The second half was more of the same, the walk-ons saw action once again in what is becoming a recurring theme of the Dayton Flyers season — a plesant outcome as a byproduct of the Flyers’ average margin of victory in A-10: a staggering 22 points (talk about a sentence I thought I would never write). The joint was in fact LOWD on Saturday afternoon and we are gonna need all of the energy, and then some, come Tuesday night against VCU. Let’s get to some takes shall we?
The Flyers opened up their A10 season with two games on the road and responded well, bringing home two convincing double-digit victories with them. The first home game of conference play is always an exciting one and you could tell that the team was ecstatic to be back in the Sweater Centre. Their energy right from the tip off was great and, for a team who struggled coming out of the gates last season, that has been a complete one-eighty from last season. Dayton has been absolutely dominant in the Dungeon this season. Every game, save for the opener, has been won by double digits with the lowest output coming in the 71-58 victory against North Texas. There is zero reason why Dayton shouldn’t be undefeated at home this season, with every game being a “sell out” the rest of the way, the electricity will be in the building every home game and I think our players with thrive off of that.
Obi’s Injury was scary, but not the end of the world
Look, obviously I would much rather have a clean bill of health for our boy but these things happen. Obi left the game early in the second-half but the rest of the squad kept up the pace. This is still a damn good team outside of Obi and Tuesday is a golden chance for those guys to go out and prove that the Dayton Flyers are more than just the Obi Toppin Experience©. Even if Obi is able to go, he clearly won’t be 100% going into the contest, which means the rest of the squad is going to have to step up and Coach Grant will have to come up with a rock solid offensive game plan against VCU’s stellar defense. Ryan Mikesell had a double-double, 15 points and 14 rebounds, he’s pretty good at this round-ball thing. Trey Landers did his usual Trey Landers things, and by that I mean he scrapped, made open shots, and talked a lot of shit. Rod and Crutcher played the game at their pace and were in total control of the tempo of the game. Ibi Watson, who would start for every other team in the Atlantic 10, will likely slip into Obi’s spot in the lineup if he weren’t able to go, and I have full faith and confidence in that man, you should too.
Drewby Recap Game Update:
4-0, Average margin of victory: 21.5, the train keeps rolling, folks.
Little shorter recap for you guys on this one but we have a big week ahead of us. VCU on Tuesday and then the ABC I on Friday. We are gonna have plenty of content throughout the week so be on the lookout for that. The schedule starts to get a little tougher here in the coming weeks, everyone pray to whatever Gods you pray to that Obi’s ankles are touched by said God and he is able to go on Tuesday. Along with the prayers, remember the only rules, Ware Red and Be LOWD.