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Watching Xavier (and to a much lesser extent, Butler) leave for the Big East last season was tantamount to a twin watching his older, more prosperous brother go off into the real world while he stays behind, continuing to shovel steamy piles of runny animal shit off the permanently patchy grass of their family farm. Will our paths ever cross again, the lesser twin wonders? Why have I been forsaken, left behind to grow old...

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The Atlantic Ten is scurrying. After rumors that Siena would be added to the league two weeks ago come reports that Davidson might be brought to the league starting in the fall of 2014. From big-headed monster Jeff Goodman: The A-10 is close to adding Davidson to the league, likely in 2014-15, sources told CBSSports.com. The move is pending approval from the school’s board of trustees. The league has lost Butler and Xavier to the...

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Year two of the Archie Miller Experience wrapped up with a spirited loss to Brad Stevens’ Butler Bulldogs in Brooklyn. The season seemed to peak around the Murray State loss, a victory that pushed the Flyers overall record to 9-3. Dayton began its conference schedule with visits to VCU and La Salle, with a home date against Butler sandwiched in between. The Flyers lost all three and placed themselves squarely behind the eight ball, never...

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With Xavier and Butler officially parting ways with the A10, and Temple and Charlotte leaving shortly, the Atlantic Ten will have a completely different feel and look next season. The Overlords and Temple were two of the league’s most visible and consistent performers, and Butler brought another legitimate program to the table (the less said of Charlotte the better). So what of the A12 next season? After a banner year that sent five teams to...

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So, as you may have heard, UD opens up its Atlantic Ten tournament with Horseshoe University. Not a great draw, but finishing 12th place in the league doesn’t necessarily assure a smooth road ahead. Obviously, the Bulldogs eat March up like it’s their breakfast, so Dayton will certainly have their hands full tomorrow. But fret not, all hope is not lost. From Swampy’s buddy, Ken Pomeroy: Dayton has to be among the best 12-seeds in...

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Everyone is aflutter over the article that appeared in our nation’s paper of record, the NY Post. In between news about a Real Housewife and over-indulgent Knicks coverage, Lenn Robbins grants UD fans this reprieve from our nightmarish season: The Big East cleared its last hurdle Tuesday with the announcement it had reached an agreement with Notre Dame that allows the Irish to leave July 1 for the ACC. So where does the Big East...

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The season couldn’t have ended any other way. After losing a heart-breaker against George Washington (as was scripted), on a follow-up dunk by Isaiah Armwood, the Flyers had to lie in wait, relying on the results of the Saint Bonaventure/Fordham and Charlotte/St. Joe’s tilts. UD wouldn’t have to wait long, as the Fordham Rams hung on to defeat the Bonnies, winning a game they theoretically had no business even caring about. The Ram win was...

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Big news yesterday as the Catholic Cabal looks primed to add the Overlords and Horseshoe University to its stable next season. Creighton, according to ESPN, may be in the league’s immediate plans as well: Joining the Catholic 7 schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Villanova — in the new “Big East” this fall will be Xavier and Butler, sources said. Creighton has emerged as the favorite to become the 10th...

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John Feinstein, who has written basically every seminal college basketball book known to man, has released a take of the Catholic Cabal that plugs in a lot of holes for those of us in  the dark (you and you). According to several people with knowledge of the situation, the group that has come to be known as college basketball’s “Catholic 7” will eventually grow to 12 — perhaps not all of them Catholic — when...

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The Xavier game this weekend will likely mark the last time many of us will see Josh Benson and Kevin Dillard in the red and blue (royal blue?). No one can blame you. This team lacks so many of the qualities that usually attracted us to previous UD squads: heart, personality, a sense of unity, Keith Waleskowski. The only highlight I can even recall at this moment is Dyshawn Pierre’s perfect shooting performance against Boston...

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Quick Quiz For the Flyer Faithful: Which one of these teams is not like the others: Duquesne Rhode Island Dayton Saint Bonaventure If you are thinking outside the box and guessed “E: None of the Above” then you win a prize. And that prize is an all-expense paid trip to the basement of the Atlantic 10 standings. Now certainly not all losses are equal. Dayton’s first loss popped VCU’s cherry and gave Shaka Smart his...

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Dayton made the game interesting, but still fell to Butler, 79-73, at the Sweater Centre. It was a repeat of every UD loss this season – UD plays it close in the first half, the opponent stretches the lead in the second, Dayton battles back and cuts the deficit to make it a manageable game and the opposing team makes just enough plays to earn the victory in the end. Rebounding kept the Flyers in...