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Dayton Flyers 2009-2010 Season Still A Success

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The Dayton Flyers closed out their season by winning the 2010 NIT Championship against last year’s defending NCAA national champion North Carolina.  Dayton played well in the NIT and defeated Cincinnati, Illinois, Ole Miss, and UNC – 4 teams from the power conferences of the Big East, Big 10, SEC and ACC on national televison. 

Despite Dayton not meeting pre-season expectations, the team really redeemed themselves by winning the NIT tournament.  Winning the NIT was just as good as making it to the 2nd round or Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.  In fact, seniors Marcus Johnson and Kurt Huelsman played their best basketball of the season in the NIT tournament.   This maybe the last year they have the NIT before combining it with the NCAA tournament and Dayton could be remembered as the last team to win the NIT tournament.  I don’t know if the black uniforms had anything to do with their success, but I think the Flyers should continue to wear those black uniforms every game next season.

Very few college basketball teams end their season in April with a victory and I can say that I am proud of the Dayton Flyer Basketball team.

Flyers and Buckeyes and Bengals! Oh My!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

 It was a great weekend for my favorite teams that I follow. 

The #21/22 Dayton Flyers tipped off the season at home in a high scoring contest beating the Creighton Blue Jays 90-80 on Saturday afternoon.  One can conclude from the game that Chris Johnson is a basketball stud (18 pts and 15 rebounds) and we can expect to see big things from him this year. 

Later in the day, the Ohio State Buckeyes beat Iowa 27-24 at home in an overtime thriller.  The win for the Buckeyes clinched a fifth straight Big 10 football title and a trip back to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl for the first time in thirteen years. 

On Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-12 to give them sole possesion of first place in the division and an undefeated record against division opponents.  The Bengals improved their record to 7-2 and we can keep our hopes up for the playoffs and a shot at playing in the Super Bowl. 

In summary, it was an exciting and victorious weekend for the Flyers, Buckeyes and Bengals.

Flyers and Raiders Schedule Not Great; Bring Back the Gem City Jam

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

The Dayton Flyers and Wright State Raiders men’s basketball teams both released their upcoming schedule last month for the 2009-2010 season.  This is the link to the Dayton Flyers schedule and the Wright State Raiders basketball schedule.  Both of their schedules are pretty mediocre. 

I don’t understand why the two Dayton area teams don’t schedule to play each other annually.  The Dayton Flyers and Wright State Raiders women’s basketball teams have scheduled each other this season.  In the last few seasons, they both have scheduled the Miami Redhawks, another local area team.  In the city of Cincinnati, Xavier and UC always have a fierce rivalry every season in the annual Crosstown Shootout.  Wright State and Dayton should bring back the Gem City Jam.  The last time the Gem City Jam was played was back in the late 90’s. 

Brian Trent does an excellent job articulating why they won’t bring back the matchup in Letter to the Editor, Bring Back the Gem City Jam as well as the benefits of having the two schools play each other. 

Here is a breakdown of the RPI of Wright State and Dayton over the last decade:

Year        Dayton   Wright State
2000         43           224
2001          72           122
2002          63          128
2003         13           237
2004         40          163
2005         125         174
2006         183        179
2007           72          75
2008          33          86
2009          27          93

Average RPI of Current Head Coches

UD Coach Brian Gregory(6 seasons 04-09): RPI 80 vs WSU Coach Brad Brownell (3 seasons 07-09): RPI 84.66

Average RPI in last 3 years(2007-2009): UD: 44  WSU: 84.66

Average RPI in last 5 years (2005-2009): UD: 108  WSU: 121.4

Average RPI in last 10 years (2000-2009): UD: 67.1  WSU: 148.1

As one can see, Wright State’s average RPI has increased over the decade and WSU had a similar average RPI as Dayton did in the last 5 seasons.  

In my opinion, I personally believe that the Dayton Flyer athletic director and some (not all) Dayton Flyer fans have an anxiety that there is too much on the line – their popularity and superiority over the Wright State Raiders – if they play each season in the Gem City Jam.  They also feel they have nothing to gain and more to lose by playing the Raiders. 

The only way I see Dayton scheduling Wright State is when the Raiders start making it to the NCAA tournament.  Wright State has the potential to do that with Head Coach Brad Brownell who has coached the Raiders to three 20 win seasons – their 2007 season being an NCAA tournament season.

No LeBron, but Kobe Could Do Without Shaq

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The anticipation of the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Los Angles Lakers  matchup in the NBA Finals or AKA the LeBron vs Kobe finals disappeared back in the end of May when the Orlando Magic defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. 

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This was a very disappointing finish for Cleveland (66-16) who had the best Eastern Conference regular season record and best regular season record of any team in the NBA.  This was also the best record Cleveland has had since Lebron joined the Cavs and the NBA.  The Cavaliers were expected to contend in the NBA finals and were not even Eastern Conference Champions.  The Cleveland Cavaliers personnel can now only be pondering what went wrong? What do we do now in the offseason?  There have been new rumors about Shaq heading to Cleveland.  I don’t think the move is a good idea because Shaq is at the end of his career and the move won’t help the Cavs win a championship.

After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics last year in the NBA finals, Shaq came up with a rap called Kobe Couldnt Do Without Me.  The rap talks about how Kobe couldn’t win a championship without Shaq, but Kobe proved Shaq wrong this year in the NBA finals after the Lakers beat the Magic in 5 games and Kobe won the NBA Finals MVP to tie Shaq with 4 championships.

Buckeyes Fall in Double Overtime to Siena

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker in a 74-72 double overtime thriller to the Siena Saints Friday night at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. 

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Even if the Buckeyes had won Friday night, I still think they would lose to Louisville in the second round.  The way the Buckeyes play slow-tempo, out-of-synch on offense, zone-defense the whole game, and how they had trouble handling the zone trap from Siena, no way would they have a chance against the defensive pressure and the uptempo of #1 seed Louisville.

Overall, the Buckeyes can be proud of another 20 win season and another NCAA tournament appearance and can look forward to another season with the same players (no graduating seniors this year) that will have more expereince playing together.  Hopefully next year, they will be a better team than this year’s team and can make a run in the NCAA tournament. 


Ohio State vs Siena @ Rivals Video

Dayton Upsets West Virginia to Advance to the 2nd Round

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

For the first time in 19 years, the Dayton Flyers will be playing in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. The last time the Flyers advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament was in 1990 when they beat Illinois 88-86, before losing to Arkansas 86-84 in the second round.  

The #11 seed Dayton Flyers upset the #6 seed West Virginia Mountaineers 68-60 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota Friday afternoon and set themselves up with a second round date with last years defending national champion, the #3 seed Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday at 2:30PM.

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Dayton was nine point underdogs and played a great game and suprised most people.  In fact, only 16% of Yahoo Tourney Pickem users chose Dayton to win against West Virginia.  The Flyers played great defense, made critical baskets and free throws down the stretch to hold off a Mountaineers comeback. 

If Dayton defeats Kansas on Sunday, they will play the winner of the Michigan State/USC game next week in Indianapolis in the Sweet Sixteen.  Dayton is going into the game again as nine point underdogs, but I think the Flyers will play well and pull off the upset.  

Maybe in this years NCAA tournament, Dayton can be the George Mason of 2006 and make it to the Final Four.


West Virginia vs Dayton @ Rivals Video

Flyers Keep NCAA Hopes Alive

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

After losing to arch-rival Xavier 6 consecutive times in the last 2 seasons, the Flyers added a marquee win to their resume by finally beating #14 Xavier at home Wednesday night at UD Arena 71-58

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This game was critical and one of the marquee games on their schedule.  Dayton now has two marquee wins against ranked opponents.  The Flyers defeated #14 Xavier and then #15 Marquette 89-75 at the Chicago Invitational back in November.  They have other quality wins against St Joes, Duquesne, George Mason and Miami.  I am proud of the Flyers performance against Marquette and Xavier.  They really took it to both of these top 25 teams. 

The Flyers are 22-3 with 6 games remaining on their schedule and can’t afford any bad losses.  They have two bad double-digit losses on their resume against Charlotte and UMass. The only teams that would be bad losses left on their schedule are Richmond and St Louis.  The rest of the schedule is against quality teams.  In my opinion, I think the Flyers will need to win a minimum of 27 games (including the A-10 tournament) and no more bad losses to be in good shape before Selection Sunday to get an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.  Anything short of 27 games, or another bad lost to Richmond or St Louis, the committee will overlook and past on Dayton for an at-large bid. 

I hope the Flyers can give what the city of Dayton and all the other Flyer Faithful what they deserve, a bid back to the NCAA tournament that we have been waiting for since last time in 2004.

Flyers Off to 2-0 Start Before Chicago Invitational on Sunday

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

The Dayton Flyers began the 2008-2009 season Sunday night as 17 point favorites in a low scoring game barely beating Wofford 52-49 at UD Arena. 

The game was neck and neck with more than several lead changes in the game.  Wofford was up at one point by as many as eight points, while the Flyers biggest lead in the game was only 5 points. A win is a win, but this game was a concern and definitely a disappointing win considering how bad Wofford is.

On Wednesday night, Dayton regrouped and played to their potential blowing out Delaware State 62-42.  The team played well enough that even their walk-ons got to see playing time. 

It appears the current go-to player is sophmore Chris “Flight” Wright, who is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the first two games.  He is the difference maker and this year’s Brian Roberts.  In his freshman season, Wright made the All-A-10 Freshman team, despite only playing 8 minutes in only one game in the A-10 opener before his leg injury.  When games come down to the wire this season, you will probably hear the two UD commentators Bucky and Larry saying, “Get the ball to Chris Wright.” 

Flyers 2008/2009 Basketball Schedule Appears to be Soft

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The Dayton Flyers released their non-conference schedule as well as the home and away matchups with their A-10 conference opponents.  The dates and times will be released at a later date.  The list below shows the schedule and the opponents’ final RPI from 2007/2008 season (hat tip to Figgie 123 for putting the rating info together) .

11-16-2008 vs Wofford (191)
11-19-2008 vs Delaware State (207)
11-23-2008 vs Bethune-Cookman (319)
11-25-2008 vs Mercer (315)
11-28-2008 vs Auburn (Chicago Invitational) (154)
11-29-2008 vs Marquette (Chicago Invitational) (20)
12-02-2008 vs Troy (242)
12-06-2008 at Akron (69)
12-10-2008 at Creighton (48)
12-13-2008 vs Coppin State (232)
12-20-2008 vs UNC Greensboro (119)
12-23-2008 vs Marshall (139)
12-30-2008 vs George Mason (59)
01-02-2009 at Toledo (186)
01-06-2009 vs Miami (Ohio) (81)

Conference:
A10 Home and Home: Xavier (9), Saint Louis (139), Duquesne (129)
Home: Fordham (168), Richmond (120), St. Bonaventure (264), Saint Joseph’s (45), Temple (47)
Road: Charlotte (70), George Washington (185), La Salle (164), Massachusetts (42), Rhode Island (77)

The only real highlights of their non-conference home schedule are the Mid-Major matchups with George Mason in late December and with Miami of Ohio in January. These two opponents are the only top 100 RPI non-conference teams that UD plays at home. The only other top 100 RPI teams at home for the Flyers are conference foes Xavier, Temple, and St Joes (all three went to the NCAA tournament last season). The top road teams on the non-conference schedule are Mid-Majors Akron and Creighton.

Overall the nonconference schedule is weaker than last year and a little bit disappointing. For the Flyers’ program to garner national recognition, they need to play at least one more solid BCS team (not a 154 RPI team such as Auburn).

In addition, since Wright State is a quality top 100 RPI team, it would have been nice to see the Gem City Jam back on the schedule. I know some (not all) fans would have been just as happy seeing the Gem City Jam at UD Arena if we couldn’t get a BCS team at home. Instead, UD schedules weak, second-rate teams. Will the 2008/2009 season be another case where the Raiders finish with a better record than the Flyers?

The Dayton Daily News Article entitled Flyers Can’t Get Big Boys to Come to UD Arena may be true. Unlike last season when Dayton got to host and blowout 6th ranked Pittsburgh, the Flyers will not get to play any big BCS powerhouse basketball teams at home. The most exciting matchup appears to be the game against Marquette (Rivals pre-season #20) at the Chicago Invitational.

Okay, so what? Naturally, the Flyers schedule is disappointing for fans that travel to UD arena to support the team. More importantly, to make the NCAA Tournament in 2009, the bar for the quantity of wins is set much higher than last season. While 22 regular season wins would have got the flyers a certain NCAA bid last year, in the up-coming season — with the poor quality of the opponents – the Flyers will probably need to win more than 25 games during the regular season.

Raiders Release League Schedule

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

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The Wright State Raiders released their conference schedule at the end of June for the 2008-2009 season.  In February, the Raiders will get to play every Saturday at home, including the Bracket Buster Tournament and Butler on February 7th – who they have upset the last 3 meetings at home. 

Hopefully Wright State can get a bigger turnout of fans this year. It will help with attendance by having more of their conference home games on Saturday this season. With 20 win seasons the last two years, the Raiders have demonstrated that they are a decent quality team. The highlights of the Raiders’ 06-07 season were the Horizon League Regular Season Championship, Horizon League Tournament Champions, and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The non-conference portion of the schedule will be released later this summer. To help their strength of schedule and RPI, hopefully Wright State can get a few powerhouse basketball teams on their non-conference schedule.

 2008-09 Wright State Men’s Basketball Nonleague Schedule

Thu., Dec. 4 @ Green Bay

Sat., Dec. 6 @ Milwaukee

Tue., Dec. 30 Cleveland State

Sat., Jan. 3 Youngstown State

Thu., Jan. 8 @ Butler

Sat., Jan. 10 @ Valparaiso

Sat., Jan. 17 @ Detroit

Thu., Jan. 22 Loyola

Sat., Jan. 24 UIC

Thu., Jan. 29 @ Youngstown State

Sat., Jan. 31 @ Cleveland State

Thu., Feb. 5 Valparaiso

Sat., Feb. 7 Butler

Tue., Feb. 10 @ Loyola

Sat., Feb. 14 Detroit

Wed., Feb. 18 @ UIC

Sat., Feb. 21 Bracket Buster

Thu., Feb. 26 Milwaukee

Sat., Feb. 28 Green Bay

Mar. 2, 6-7, 9 Horizon League Championship @ TBA