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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.

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.

Roberts Not Drafted

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

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Brian Roberts was not one of the 60 players selected in the NBA draft last Thursday night. He played well in the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, and some experts predicted that he could be selected in the second round. However, it appears that he will have to continue his basketball career in Europe.

Roberts had a superb season in his senior year with UD.  He had phenomenal games with 28 points when Dayton upset #11 Louisville and scored 31 points when Dayton blew out #6 Pittsburgh 80-55.  Due to his performance, he received the ESPN’s Weekly Watch Player of the Week twice.  Roberts was a finalist for the Naismith Award and John R Wooden Award.  He led UD in more than several categories: scoring with 18.4 ppg,  free throw ppercentage (86%), 3-pt percentage (45.5%), assists (117), and minutes played (1179).   He finished in the top 10 as one of Dayton’s best in history in career scoring. 

Although Roberts had great stats, I knew that there was only a slim chance that he would be selected in the NBA draft. Unfortunately, he only played in one post-season tournament during his four years at UD (the NIT during his senior year). For a player to get recognized by the NBA, it appears that he has to lead his team into the later rounds of the NCAA tournament. 

He still has a chance this summer to try to sign as a free-agent with a team.  I doubt it will happen and he will end up like Wright State guard DaShaun Wood and end up playing oversea in Europe.  He probably can still make a good living with six figure salary overseas. 

Dayton to Play in 2008 Chicago Invitational Challenge

Friday, June 6th, 2008

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After beating two ranked BCS Big East power-house basketball teams last season – blowing out then #6 Pittsburgh at home and beating then #11 Louisville on the road – the Flyers were looking to play some other BCS teams for their non-conference schedule for the 2008-2009 season. 

Dayton will get to play two BCS teams from the Big East and SEC Conference in the third annual Chicago Invitational Challenge at the Sears Centre Arena in November during the 2008-2009 season.

Before taking on the two BCS teams in Chicago, the first two rounds of the Chicago Invitational the Flyers will host Bethune-Cookman on Sunday, November 23 and Mercer on Tuesday, November 25 at UD Arena.

The Flyers will then play Auburn from the SEC on Friday, November 28th and Marquette from the Big East on Saturday, November 29th at the Seares Centre Arena in Chicago.

The other teams playing in the Chicago Invitational will be Northern Iowa, Chicago State, and Texas Southern.

After seeing what happened to Pittsburgh at home in UD Arena, most teams would probably not want to play at UD Arena. This is good for the Flyers that they could find two BCS teams to play on a neutral court.

Ohio State Defeats Dayton in NIT Quarterfinal

Friday, March 28th, 2008

The game setting seemed surreal.  After going to 6 Ohio State games and 6 Dayton Flyer basketball games this season, I couldn’t believe the 2 teams would be playing each other in an NIT Quartefinal Matchup in front of a 19,000 plus sold out crowd at Value City Arena in Columbus Wednesday night.

None of the opposing teams that Ohio State played at home this season and in recent years had as big of fanbase and as much noise from an away team in the arena as the Dayton Flyers did Wednesday night. The Dayton Flyer Faithful made up a good amount in the crowd and you could even hear the Dayton Flyer Pep Band and Dayton Flyer fans chanting D-A-Y-T-O-N! , Lets Go Flyers!, and other types of chants Dayton does at home games as loud as Ohio State chants around the arena.  It was amazing to see how many UD fans were in the crowd and it was almost as if the 2 bands and noise of both fan bases were competing with each other.

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Dayton played Ohio State tough in the first half and went into the half leading 31-30. In the second half, Dayton had some defensive lapses and fell apart as Ohio State began the second half on a 13-4 run and would get hot in the second half with Jon Diebler and Jamar Butler hitting a few threes to pull away clearly and have the game won by the 5 minute mark from Dayton. The final score Ohio State 74 Dayton 63.

Kosta Koufous was too much for the smaller Dayton squad as he could make moves and take it inside and shoot from the outside as well to lead Ohio State with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 5 rebounds.  The interesting stat was Dayton outrebounded Ohio State 35-25. 

Jamar Butler added 12 points, Evan Turner contributed 11 points, and Jon Diebeler scored 10 points off the bench for the Buckeyes.

Brian Roberts finished his last game wearing a Flyer uniform with 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.  Brian Roberts finished 4th on Dayton’s all time career scoring and will go down as one of the greatest Dayton Flyer players ever to wear a uniform.  Unforutanetly Roberts never go to play in the NCAA tournament, but at least he finished 1 season in his 4 year career with a post-season appearance. 

Chris Wright scored 12 points and Charles Little added 10 points and 7 rebounds for Dayton.

The Dayton Flyers finished the season with a 23-11 overall record. 

As the Yahoo sports article says, Ohio State will end the season right where the season started – A trip back to Madison Square Garden.  Ohio State played in the pre-season NIT and made it all the way to the championship before losing to Texas A&M in the title game.  Hopefully, this time in the post-season NIT, Ohio State will make it all the way to the title game and not lose in the title game like they have in football and basketball.