Mama, them boys did it again. The 2020 Dayton Flyers continue their steamroll parade over the rest of the A10, and the latest victim was our pals in Richmond, the Spiders. UD controlled things just about from tip to final whistle, and 87-79 score made the game seem a lot closer than it really was. The good guys took an 8 point lead into the break, UR never got closer than six, and Dayton led by as many as 20 with seven-ish minutes remaining. Credit where it’s due, the Spiders never quit, rattling off a late 8-0 to make things mildly interesting, but at the end of the day, every person in the Robins Center and watching on the questionable ESPN+ broadcast knew who the better team was on this night.
We have always maintained a steadfast commitment to being a blog by the fans, for the fans. So one of our finest LOWDmoms, Amanda, was kind enough to DM me her own recap from the comfy seat she no doubt had in the Robins Center:
As advertised on Blackburn’s last podcast, the Robins Center was rocking. With 5 minutes left until game time there seemed to be a bunch of empty seats and I was doubting whether the game was truly sold out, but it filled up quick. The Richmond fans were great to talk to and only solidified my opinion that they are the superior fanbase of the Virginia A10 teams. The game wasn’t quite a walk in the park like Wednesday night, but I would be lying if I said I was worried once the game started. Obi and Crutcher looked like, well…Obi and Crutcher. The dunks were great but definitely took longer than expected to silence the “Obi sucks” chants from the student section (which seemed like a bold strategy on their part, but to each their own.)
Richmond staged a comeback of sorts in the last three minutes of the game and (even though many Richmond fans pulled a Donny and left early when Dayton was up 20 late) it got loud. The Spiders made a few big shots and Dayton had a few bad turnovers at inopportune moments but, in the words of my husband, “trying to beat Dayton is a lot like trying to build a sandcastle when the tide is coming in”. Dayton ended the game with eight players scoring, four in double digits and got what I considered to be quality minutes out of Chimichanga and Matos, two guys who haven’t contributed much this year. They let the Spiders shoot over 50% from three, doubled them up on turnovers, overcame some shoddy officiating and got the hell out of Richmond with a win. On to the next one, people. Keep wearing red and being LOWD. The quest for 18-0 continues.
As you can see, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Let’s get to some quick takes before I send you on your way.
Jacob Gilyard is a dude
The Spiders guard plopped in 29 points on 5-for-8 shooting from deep, as well as contributing four assists and three steals. He dictated a lot of what Richmond was doing on offense, and was certainly one of the better scorers UD has faced this year. As we have said countless times, if there is one thing that could derail this Flyers team come March, it’s talented guard play. Gilyard fit that bill on Saturday evening, but fortunately for UD, the pieces around him simply weren’t good enough to make the Flyers truly pay.
Talk about Jalen Crutcher to anyone who will listen
Crutch put together another stellar effort from all angles. What Obi is doing this year is certainly going to be the loudest chatter, but I implore you to not let his shadow cover up the things Crutch has been doing for this version of UD. He has now logged four straight games with 20 points, and since the Flyers got back from Philadelphia he’s been good for 3 or more longballs per night. He added 8 boards and 7 assists to round out his production in Richmond, but really what I can’t talk about enough is how Jalen has become an elite finisher around the rim. I said a few times that he will graduate from UD as one of the best point guards to ever suit it up for old alma mater, and at this point in his career, I’m taking him over junior year Scoochie. Yeah, I said it.
Don’t chant “Obi Sucks” in the pre-game warm-ups. It most likely will not end well.
The Richmond student section learned the hard way, use this as a cautionary tale to the rest of the opposing fanbases in the A10. Obi sucked his way to 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting, was able to expose Grant Golden most of the night, and capped off the night by giving the fresh faced students a windmill dunk right in front of their very eyes. Maybe I should be asking all opposing fanbases to chant “Obi Sucks”, it’s possible I’m going about this the wrong way.
I have to post this foul call again because it was just too laughable to not expose
Still can’t believe they called this an illegal screen on Trey Landers. Absolutely atrocious call pic.twitter.com/9J1ixZrGbl
— Obi Toppin 🐐 (@DGarrigan9) January 26, 2020
This is what we call “reactionary officiating”. It has to get better. A foul did not occur because no one called out the screen and this poor bastard ran into a brick wall. I am certain Neil Sullivan was on the phone with NCAA officiating over this one. No need to beat a dead horse, but you have to be better at your job than this if you’re being allowed to officiate at this level.
“Running the table” is becoming a very real possibility
DUQ lost an absolute stinker to UMass over the weekend, taking a bit of the shine off what was once looked at as a huge matchup this coming Wednesday in Pittsburgh. As many of you know, the Dukes will be playing in PPG Paints Arena due to their lack of home court, so while the venue will be fairly quiet and unfamiliar, I still see this as a game Dayton SHOULD win. If they slip past DUQ and then give Fordham the curb-stomping we all know they have coming next Saturday, conference business is halfway done. KenPom currently has the odds of an 18-0 slate at 5 to 1. It’s quite a time to be alive.
That’s all I got for you today goons. Podcast dropping tomorrow with Jordan Sperber, propreitor of HoopVision.
Wear red, be LOWD, tell a friend how good this Dayton is at playing basketball.
The LOWD ambassador of Chicago, Sully has spent his life tirelessly watching UD hoops. Welcomer of all takes, hot and cold.