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Ohio State to Square Off with Dayton in the NIT Quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

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The #1 seed Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the #3 seed Dayton Flyers in the NIT quarterfinals Wednesday night in Columbus at 9 PM at Value City Arena. 

The Buckeyes have had no trouble at all winning in the NIT tournament so far.  Ohio State crushed UNC-Asheville 84-66  in the first round at home and came off a cruising win against California 73-56 at the old St John Arena Monday night.

Dayton won the first round of the NIT at home against Cleveland State 66-57 and won the second round on the road Monday night at Illinois State 55-48

The winner of the game goes on to play in the NIT semi-finals at Madison Square Garden against the winner of the Mississippi/Virgina Tech game.  

Ohio State definitely has the home court advantage going in their favor, although there will be a decent amount of Dayton Flyer fans in the crowd.  If the game was at UD Arena, I would pick UD to win.  My prediction of the game will be Dayton stays with Ohio State the whole ball game and keeps it close, but Ohio State wraps up the game by making free throws at the end to win 68-59 to move on to Madison Square Garden.                                      

Xavier Beats Dayton in A-10 Quarterfinals

Friday, March 14th, 2008

My prediction was right about how the Dayton Flyers would do in the A-10 Tournament.  After pulling out an overtime win against the Saint Louis Billikens Wednesday afternoon, the Dayton Flyers advanced to play Xavier Thursday afternoon. 

It was deja vou for me and the Dayton Flyers again.  Just like last year, I listened to the Dayton Flyers lose to the Xavier Musketeers on my computer before I took my last final before Spring Break.  Last year, Dayton lost to Xavier 72-51 in the A-10 quarterfinals.  This year they did a little better and  gave a good effort, but came up short and lost 74-65 Thursday afternoon in the A-10 Quarterfinals.  Xavier has now beat Dayton the last 6 times in a row.

Dayton finished the regular season 21-10 (8-8) and will have to wait for Selection Sunday to see if they get the bid or not to the NCAA tournament.  Dayton has about a 15% chance of making the NCAA tournament. 

The A-10 seems to be a 2 bid league. Good news for Flyer fans, UMass who is projected to be the other A-10 team to make the NCAA tournament lost in the quarterfinals today to Charlotte. UMass finished the season 21-10 as well, but RPI has dropped. Dayton has a solid RPI and SOS as of now and the second best RPI in the A-10. If Xaiver wins the tournament, ironically it might help Dayton’s chances of making the NCAA tournament because the A-10 seems like at least 2 teams will go.  However, if Xavier loses and some other team wins the tournament just like last year, Dayton will not go.  All Dayton can do now is cross its fingers and hope it hears its name called on Selection Sunday.

Flyers Win On Senior Day

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

The Dayton Flyers closed out the regular season at home on senior day with a 79-67 win over St Josephs Saturday afternoon.  The 3 seniors playing their last game at home – unless Dayton happens to make the NIT and play at home – were Jimmie Binnie, Andres Sandoval, and Brian Roberts. 

Five Dayton Flyer players scored in double digits, including all 3 seniors.  Marcus Johnson lead the team in scoring with 17 points and 7 rebounds.   Brian Roberts scored 15 points and had 6 assists and Jimmie Binnie scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds.  Andres Sandoval scored 12 points and Charles Little added 11 points and 7 rebounds as well. 

All 3 seniors had good games and can be proud of their final performance at home in the regular season.  Dayton shot well in the game shooting 26-of-53 (49%) from the field for and 9-of-18 (50%) from the 3 point line.  Dayton also outrebounded St Joseph’s 39-23.

This game was defnitiely a must-win game for both teams because they are both on the bubble of making the NCAA Tournament.  If the Flyers would have loss to St Joseph’s, their at-large hopes of making the NCAA tournament would have been eliminated. 

The win helps Dayton’s at-large chances as they finished the regular season 20-9 (8-8) as they head into the A-10 Tournament play in Atlantic City Wednesday afternoon.  The Dayton Flyers take on St Louis Billikens Wednesday at noon.  If they win, they face Xavier in the quarterfinals on Thursday. 

My prediction is the Flyers will beat St Louis, but lose to Xavier in the quarterfinals just like last year and end up playing in the NIT tournament.  Dayton needs two more wins to make the NCAA tournament, and a win against Xavier will defnitely put the Flyers in the at-large category because of their RPI and wins against quality teams.  Hopefully the Flyers will suprise me and my prediction will be wrong and Dayton will make the NCAA tournament.

March Madness for Buckeyes, Flyers, and Raiders

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Well, its that time of year again.  Its March!  That can only mean one thing for college basketball, March Madness!  Here is a breakdown of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Dayton Flyers, and Wright State Raiders basketball teams.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently tied for 5th place with Minnesota in the Big 10 Conference Standings with a 17-12 (8-8) record.  The Buckeyes are currently 55 in the RPI and have two games left against two great basketball teams – 1st place Purdue who is 28th in the RPI and Michigan State who is 14th in the RPI. 

In Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology on ESPN.com, as of February 29th, he has OSU as 1 of the 4 teams that are on the bubble and in the last 4 out category.  Unfortuantely, that isn’t updated and doesn’t include the recent 71-57 loss at Minnesota this past Saturday.   The loss against Minnesota was the Buckeyes fourth straight loss and definitely took them away from making the NCAA tourney.  However, if the Buckeyes can win their two remaining games, that would be huge and defnitiely put them right back on the bubble of making the NCAA tourney.  If the Buckeyes can win against Purdue and Michigan State, and at least get to the Big 10 Semi-finals, then my predicition is they will make the NCAA tourney.

The Dayton Flyers are currently tied for 12th place with Duquesne in the A-10 Conference with a 18-9 (6-8) record.  The Dayton Flyers are currently 35 in the RPI. The Flyers are currently projected to be NIT bound.  The Flyers need to win their two remaining games and win at least 2 games in the A-10 Tournament in New Jersey to have a chance of making the NCAA tourney.  Even though they have done sub-par in the A-10, their 14-1 start and being nationally ranked for 4 weeks in a row and 2 great non-conference wins against Pitt and Louisville makes it possible for the Flyers to make the NCAA, assuming they win at least 4 games in a row.

The Wright State Raiders are currently in second place of the Horizon League with a 20-9 (12-6) conference record.  Wright State is 72 in the RPI and should make the NIT, unless they lose their 1st game in Horizon League tournament and their RPI plummets, then they probably won’t have to much trouble getting into the NIT.  The only way they can make the NCAA tournament is if they win the whole Horizon League Tournament.  There maybe a slim outside chance Wright State could suprise us all and win the Horizon League tourney, while Dayton and OSU are playing in the NIT. 

I think all 3 teams will at least make the NIT.  It will be interesting to see and watch as March Madness starts.

Dayton Loses to LaSalle in OT

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Free throws are key during crunch time. Dayton suffered the consequences Thursday night.

The Flyers had their biggest lead of the game in the second half by as much as 12 points. Dayton was up 65-62 with 24 seconds to go in regulation as Andres Sandoval missed the the first shot of 1 and 1. LaSalle would take advantage of the missed free throw on its next possesion by missing a 3, getting an offensive rebound, and then calling a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, LaSalle hit a 3 with 6 seconds left to tie the game at 65. Dayton had a chance with 6 seconds left, but Jimmy Binnie missed the 3 as time expired.

It was deja vou all over again in overtime for the Flyers. Dayton looked like it had the game in its hands after a Brian Roberts 3 pointer made it a 78-73 lead with 53 seconds left in overtime. LaSalle responded on its next posession by hitting a 3 pointer with 40 seconds left. On Dayton’s next possesion, Brian Roberts was fouled – the Dayton Flyers best player and best free throw shooter on the team shooting 87% for the season – and would shoot the 1 in 1 for Dayton. Brian Roberts, was only human and missed the foul shot as LaSalle rebounded the ball and hit a 3 with 14 seconds left. Brian Roberts missed a jump shot on the next possesion and LaSalle was fouled with 4 seconds left as they made both free throws to make 81-78 with 4 seconds remaining. Brian Roberts missed the tieing 3 point at the buzzer.

Dayton shot an embarassing 4-of-10 from the foul line which cost them the ball game Thursday night.

It was another heartbreaking and disappointing loss for the struggling Flyers to make it the 7th loss in the last 10 games.

The Dayton Flyers once again couldn’t execute on the road and put away a second rate team Thursday night. This loss really brought down Dayton’s confidence and chances to make the NCAA tournament.  Dayton takes on cross town rival #10 Xavier at home Sunday afternoon.

Flyers Comeback to Beat Charlotte

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The Dayton Flyers made a late second half rally to defeat Charlotte 49ers at UD Arena Wednesday night 69-64. This game reminded me of last season’s meeting at UD Arena when Brian Roberts made the 1,000 point mark that game in points for a Flyer and scored 24 points to lead Dayton in the comeback win to beat Charlotte 66-63. (I have a souveneir towel from last year’s game and have it marked as Brian Roberts 1,000 career points as a Flyer).

Unlike last year’s game, Brian Roberts was scoreless until the last 5 minutes of the game and scored his points when it was critical and mattered most to help make a comeback and finished the game with 9 points on 3-of-9 shooting and 4 turnovers. This obviously wasn’t one of Brian Roberts typical good games, but he did contribute tonight when it mattered most and played more of a role player tonight and stepped up in the clutch on a sub-par game to help get the win for the Flyers.

Dayton handled the ball pretty poorly, turning the ball over 19 times. It was a suprise to me that the Flyers pulled it out and won, especially when Brian Roberts had a sub-par game and Charles Little fouled out at the 5 minute mark and Kurt Huelsman fouled out before Charles Little did.

Kurt Huelsman didn’t play so well scoring 6 points, 5 turnovers, 5 fouls, and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes.

His second game back since the ankle injury, Charles Little lead Dayton with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 4-of-5 from the foul line before fouling out for the second consecutive game since hes been back.

Other players really stepped up and helped out Brian Roberts tonight.  Jimmy Binnie added 15 points and 7 rebounds making some key 3 pointers and having one of his best games of the season. London Warren made 2 crucial foul shots and had a key block at the end and finished the game with 8 points. Andres Sandoval finished with 10 points, including a big dunk during the comeback run.

Dayton improved to 16-5 (4-4) for the season and will play at George Washington on Saturday.

Dayton Flyers and Ohio State Buckeyes Lose; Wright State Raiders Win

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

This Saturday the Wright State Raiders, Dayton Flyers, and Ohio State Buckeyes basketball teams all played on the same day, except only 1 of the 3 teams came out victorious.

The Wright State Raiders were the only team to win defeating Wisconsin – Milwaukee at home 53-51 on a Vaughn Duggins last second shot with 0.4 seconds left to give Wright State the win. Wright State is 66 in the RPI and on a 5 game winning streak with a tie for 3rd place in the Horizon League with a 14-6 (7-4) record.

The Dayton Flyers lost at Rhode Island 82-70.  Even with Charles Little making his first return from an injury only scoring 5 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes of play before fouling out, other players stepped up and were leaders for the Flyers with 5 players scoring in double figures including London Warren who had a double-double with career highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds.   However, the difference in the game was the Flyers poor 3 point shooting (2-of-15) compared to Rhode Island’s (11-of-26) shooting.  London started again and has seen more playing time and has really stepped up and been a leader.  Dayton is 13 in the RPI while struggling lately losing 4 of its last 5 games with a 15-5 (3-4) record.

The Buckeyes suprised me by losing at Iowa 53-48. The first time the Buckeyes played Iowa at home they blew them out by 31 points 79-48. This is a bad loss for the Buckeyes and it is the first bad loss of the season. Ohio State is 25 in the RPI and currently 5th in the Big 10 with a 15-7 (6-3) record.

Flyers End 3 Game Losing Streak

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The Dayton Flyers snapped a 3 game losing streak Wedensday night at UD Arena by crushing the St Louis Billikens 63-36.

After playing the last 2 games without 2 key injured athletic forwards Charles Little and Chris Wright and getting blown out those 2 games on the road to cross-town rival Xavier 69-43 and losing to a second-rate Richmond team 80-63 last Saturday, the Flyers responded well Wednesday night by beating a sub-par St Louis team and giving me a little faith in them.

The last time the Flyers won before going on a 3 game losing steak was back on January 12th at St Louis 68-57 in overtime.

This was a get your confidence back win for fans and players as Andres Sandoval and London Warren stepped up and were leaders for the Flyers.   The win isn’t against a quality opponent, but it at least shows the Flyers can put away a mediocre team and still win without Charles Little and Chris Wright.  If Dayton didn’t win tonight, it would be marked as a bad loss in the RPI and I would start questioning going to the NCAA tournament and start thinking about the NIT tournament.

Dayton’s next game is at Rhode Island on Saturday.  I am predicting a loss by at least double digits.  Rhode Island is a good team, but everyone on the Flyers will have to step up and have great games Saturday to beat Rhode Island.

#22/23 Xavier Musketeers Blowout #16/#19 Dayton Flyers

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Well, it wasn’t a surprise to me that Xavier blew out Dayton 69-43 Thursday Night at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.

I knew and predicted before the game that the Dayton Flyers would lose at least by 15 or more points against Xavier. There are a few reasons why I knew Dayton was going to lose:

1. Dayton has lost the last 22 straight games in Cincinnati to Xavier. 
2. Dayton was playing without 2 key contributing athletic scorers Charles Little (4th on the team in scoring) and Chris Wright (2nd on the team). 
3. I saw before the game started on the UD Pride message board that Brian Roberts had been sick all week.

If you look at the box score, Dayton had terrible stats and Xavier outplayed them in every category of the game. There is no way on a typical night that your going to win when your leading scorer (Brian Roberts) is held to 5 points, you shoot piss poor from 3 for the second straight game (2-of-18 ), and your seniors on the team don’t step up . 

Roberts was held to a season low 5 points and no one else stepped up on the team.  If you look at the post game quotes, Coach Brian Gregory talked about Brian Roberts being sick this week and feeling drained while having cramps throughout the game. UD will continue to lose games until Chris Wright and Charles Little make their return towards the end of the season or someone steps up, especially seniors like Jimmy Binnie and Andres Sandoval.  Neither of them had a field goal in the game just like last game against UMass.

Lets hope Charles Little and Chris Wright have speedy recoveries from their injuries because we really suck without them. Hopefully they will be making their returns in a month when we take on Xavier back at home.

Dayton’s next game is at Richmond Saturday night.

Umass Stops Dayton’s 13 Game Winning Streak

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The Massachusetts Minutemen stopped the Dayton Flyers 13 game winning streak at UD Arena Wednesday night beating the #14/#18 Dayton Flyers 82-71. 

UMass came out strong from the beginning of the game starting out leading with the biggest margin of the game at 21-7. Dayton would respond by going on an 11-0 run and make it 21-18. Charles Little lead the team at the half with 10 points and finished the game with 13 points and 5 rebounds as the Flyers would go into the half down 36-31.

UMass defense did a good job in the first half double teaming and pressuring Brian Roberts out far from the basket to make him go into the half without a field goal and only 2 points on 2 free throws. Although, in the second half he found a way to score – finishing the game with 21 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists – as the Minutemen played more of a box and one on Brian Roberts.

The key difference in the game was the Flyers poor 3 point shooting. Dayton shot 4-for-25 from beyond the arc for 16%, while UMass shot 13-of-30 for 43%. The other role players for the Dayton Flyer team did not do there job tonight as they shot atrociously from the 3 point line (Mickey Perry 1-of-7, Jimmie Binnie 0-of-6 for 0 points tonight, Andres Sandoval 0-for-2 no field goals in the game).

No one really stepped up in the second half besides Marcus Johnson who had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Although Charles Little came off the bench and had 13 points, he only had 3 points in the second half.

Every time the Flyers would cut the game to 3 in the second half, UMass would hit a 3 and the Flyers couldn’t answer to make a comeback and win. I think Stephen Thomas should have played a little more and see if he could make any shots beyond the arc since the role players were shooting so poorly.

Dayton drops to 14-2 (2-1) and takes on Xavier in Cincinnati next week on Thursday night.