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  • NCAA Tournament Preview: #7 Dayton Flyers vs. #10 Wichita State Shockers March 12, 2017 Alex Handorf

    #7 Dayton Flyers vs. #10 Wichita State Shockers

    South Region

    Friday at 7:10 PM on CBS

    Dayton Flyers (24-7) (15-3 Atlantic 10)

    Player to Watch: Scoochie Smith (13.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 3.1 rpg)

    The Flyers go the way Scoochie Smith goes. It is unbelievable how different the team is offensively when Scooch is not on the floor. Dayton has had a very good season and should be very well rested for Wichita State. They lost a few games early because of some injuries but those guys are back and have been playing well. They are the healthiest they have been in years under head coach Archie Miller.

    X Factor: Avoid a Slow Start

    One thing that Dayton has to do in this game is not get down big early. In games that the Flyers have lost this year, they always start slow and struggle to get all the way back. In their last two games, the Flyers were down 16 in the first half against Davidson and let George Washington start the game on a 16-1 run. These are not ideal starts for any team. Dayton has the ability to come back from these large deficits, but they can’t keep getting off to slow starts and expect to win, especially in the tournament. If the Flyers can get off to a fast start, they have a very good chance at winning.

    Wichita State Shockers (30-4) (17-1 Missouri Valley Conference)

    Player to Watch: Landry Shamet (11.1 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.9 rpg)

    Landry Shamet, who is a redshirt freshman, is the only player on the Shocker roster who has started every single game this season. Shamet is one of the best shooters on a team that shoots 47% from the field. He is a very important part of this Wichita State team. The Shockers have had a very successful season this year. 3 of their 4 losses have been to tournament teams. The only team they lost to that isn’t a tournament team is Illinois State who you could argue had a good enough resume to get in. Wichita State seems to have been under seeded pretty badly so the Shockers may have a chip on their shoulder coming into this game.

    X Factor: Defense

    In the 4 losses Wichita State has had this year, they have given up an average of 77 points. Keep in mind that this isn’t the way Wichita State normally plays. The Shockers only give up an average of 62.6 points a game which ranks 13th nationally. If they can keep the Flyers to under 70, they have a really good chance at beating Dayton. If the Flyers score over 80, Wichita State is going to struggle to beat them.

    Match-Up to Watch

    The matchup to watch in this game is going to be Kyle Davis (Dayton) on either Landry Shamet or Conner Frankamp (Wichita State). Kyle Davis is one of the better defenders that I have seen at the University of Dayton. He has shut down the likes of Kris Dunn, EC Matthews and Stefan Moody. If Kyle Davis can shut down either Shamet or Frankamp, this will give the Flyers a much better chance of winning. If Davis struggles, advantage Wichita State.

     Key Stat

    Rebounding will play a key factor in this game. The Shockers average 40.7 rebounds a game which ranks 5th nationally. The Flyers only average 34.5 which is good for 230th in the nation. If the Shockers control the boards, the Flyers better hope that they shoot lights out or they could be one and done in the tournament. If the Flyers can somehow control the boards, Wichita State might be in a world of trouble.

    Prediction: 

    Dayton: 72  Wichita State: 69

    The Dayton Flyers haven’t lost three consecutive games since the 2013-2014 season. The Flyers have been in a bit of a slump lately but I expect them to be prepared and very fresh for Wichita State. They will be on 8 days of rest which could either help them tremendously or they could be very rusty. On the other hand, the Shockers will be very upset by the under seeding that they were given and could come out firing on all cylinders. Wichita State opens up at -6.5 and honestly, this game could go either way. We will have to wait and see what happens!

  • NCAA Tournament Preview: #7 St. Mary’s vs. #10 VCU March 12, 2017 Chris Walz

    #7 St. Mary’s vs. #10 VCU

    West Region
    Thursday, March 16 7:20 PM ET TBS

    March Preview: VCU Rams

    St. Mary’s

    (28-4, 16-2 WCC)

    Player to Watch: Calvin Hermanson

    Hermanson is a high IQ basketball player. He always makes the right play, and makes his teammates better. Hermanson is SMC’s second leading scorer with 13 points per game. He is also deadly from behind the arc, as he shoots 43.7%.

    X Factor: Cause Turnovers

    VCU’s Jequan Lewis has been prone to turning the ball over all season. He has a total of 84 on the season. Causing Lewis to turn the ball over will keep the ball out of Justin Tillman’s hands which will make the job for the SMC big men much easier.

    VCU

    (26-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10)

    Player to Watch: Justin Tillman

    Tillman is an absolute beast of a big man. He is just short of averaging a double-double, and he shoots 59% from the floor.

    X Factor: Annoy Jock Landale

    Jock Landale does everything for the Gaels. He is the team leader in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. All VCU needs to do is get him out of his comfort zone. They can do this by being very physical, showing double teams, etc. They need to do anything that will bother him.

    Match-Up to Watch

    Jock Landale (St. Mary’s) vs. Justin Tillman (VCU):

    This could be one of the best 1-on-1 match-ups of the entire 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Landale and Tillman are two of the best big men in the country that only a few people have heard of. They are both fundamentally sound big men that play physically on both ends of the floor. Jock and Justin lead their respective squads in rebounding and field goal percentage. They are not scoring threats outside of the paint, so their scoring contributions will come from inside. Each staying out of foul trouble will be key to their team’s success. It will be a hard fought, and physical battle that will be great to watch.

    Key Stat

    St. Mary’s has held its opponents to 56.5 points per game while VCU has put up 74.7 points per game.

    Prediction: St. Mary’s 72, VCU 63

    Jock Landale and Justin Tillman will both have great games, but SMC will cause too many turnovers. SMC is a great defensive team that is going up against a VCU team that gives the ball up easily. SMC will cash those turnovers in for points which will move them onto the round of 32

  • NCAA Tournament Preview: #6 Creighton vs. #11 Rhode Island March 12, 2017 Chris Walz

    #6 Creighton vs. #11 Rhode Island Midwest Region

    Friday, March 17 4:30 PM ET CBS

    March Preview: Creighton Bluejays

    March Preview: Rhode Island Rams

    Creighton

    (25-9, 10-8 Big East)

    Player to Watch: Marcus Foster

    Marcus Foster has been sensational all year for the Jays. He averages just over 18 points per contest while shooting just under 47% from the field.

    X Factor: Containing Rhode Island’s Big Men

    Hassan Martin and Kuran Iverson are rebound magnets. Together they average almost half of Rhode Island’s rebounds per game. If Creighton can rebound effectively, then they can get out in transition quickly and play how they want to. If Creighton does not contain these two beasts on the boards, then this will become a halfcourt game which favors Rhode Island.

    Rhode Island

    (23-9, 13-5 Atlantic 10)

    Player to Watch: Hassan Martin

    Martin is the anchor of the frontcourt for the Rams. He averages 14 points and 7 rebounds per game, and shoots a phenomenal 59.6% from the floor

    X Factor: Slowing Creighton Down

    The BlueJays like to run up and down and score a lot of points. The Jays average 82.5 points per game and they have scored over 90 points in 8 games this year. If Rhode Island can force Creighton into half court offense and hold them to under 75 points they have a very good chance of pulling off the upset.


    Match-Up to Watch

    Marcus Foster (Creighton) vs. EC Matthews (Rhode Island): Marcus Foster and EC Matthews are both very athletic playmakers and scorers. They both finish at the rim well, through contact. Foster and Matthews also have very similar body types so neither of them will be able to exploit the other with any of their physical traits. This match-up breaks down to the fundamentals; scoring and defense.

    Key Stat

    Creighton shoots 50.8% from 3-point land while Rhode Island shoots an even 34%.

    Prediction: Creighton 72, Rhode Island 69

    Creighton will have trouble controlling Martin and Iverson on the boards which will make this a close game. However, Creighton has more pure shooters and scorers. Their ability to make clutch shots will propel them past Rhode Island in a nailbiter.

  • A10 Tournament Quick Recap: Flyers Get Bounced in the Quarterfinals, Rhode Island Wins First Tourney Title since 1999 March 12, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Davidson Wildcats: 73  Dayton Flyers: 67

    The Dayton Flyers were a quick out in the Atlantic 10 tournament this weekend. Dayton was down 16 early in the first half to the Davidson Wildcats on Thursday. The Flyers were able to come back and take a 65-62 lead with 2:17 left in the game thanks to a Charles Cooke 3 from the corner. The Wildcats answered next possession with a three from Jon Axel Gudmundsson to even it back up at 65. Jack Gibbs wouldn’t be denied for Davidson as he hit two straight step back threes to give the Wildcats an upset over the Flyers in the quarterfinals.

    Rhode Island Rams: 70  VCU Rams: 63

    The Rhode Island Rams were able to win their second A10 tournament title Sunday afternoon when they defeated the VCU Rams. The last time Rhode Island won the tournament was 1999, coincidentally, that was their last NCAA tournament appearance. Rhode Island was led by junior guard Jared Terrell who had 20 points in 30 minutes. Junior guard EC Matthews notched 19 points and 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Senior forward Hassan Martin had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 26 minutes. VCU was led by senior guard JeQuan Lewis who had 15 points in 37 minutes. Junior forward Justin Tillman had 10 points and 17 rebounds in 27 minutes.

    Look for the Dayton Flyers, Rhode Island Rams and VCU Rams to be selected to go to the NCAA tournament Sunday night. The Selection Show starts at 5:30 PM and is on CBS.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • March Preview: Rhode Island Rams March 12, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    The Rhode Island Rams defeated VCU in the Atlantic 10 tournament to punch their ticket to the big dance earlier today. The Rams were a bubble team but they wanted to make sure there wasn’t any question that they would get in tonight. This will be their 9th tournament appearance and their first since 1999. Rhode Island is 6-8 overall in the NCAA Tournament.

    Strength: Defense

    Hassan Martin was the defensive player of the year in the A10. Rhode Island ranks 3rd in the country in blocks per game with 6.1 and Martin is the biggest reason for this. Individually, Martin ranks 16th in the country in blocks per game with 2.56. The Rams average a block on 11.5% of possessions which leads the nation. Opponents will struggle to drive to the rim on the Rams because of their effectiveness inside. Rhode Island only allows 64.9 points a game which is good for 28th nationally. Their opponent effective field goal percentage is 45.2% and ranks 14th in the nation. Another thing that makes the Rams defense so good is that they don’t let teams shoot the 3 against them. Opponents only shoot 29% from deep which ranks 2nd nationally. Opponents only make 4.6 a game (also 2nd nationally).

    Weaknesses: Scoring/Foul Trouble/3 Games in 3 Days

    The Rams are a below average shooting team. They obviously make this up with defense, but if the defense isn’t playing well, the Rams will struggle to beat anyone. They only shoot 33.7% from three (229 in the country) and 50.6% from two (114 in the country). Rhode Island also struggles mightily from the free throw line. They only shoot 65.5% which is 315th nationally. That is one of the worst percentages in the country.

    Rhode Island is going to have to do their best to stay out of foul trouble in their tournament games if they want to advance. This is a fact for every team out there, but the Rams commit over 20 fouls per game which is good for 311th in the country. They also commit a foul on 27% of possessions which ranks 331st in the country.

    3 games in 3 days can always be an issue during the conference tournament. Some teams use it to their advantage, but some teams, especially if they aren’t very deep, can struggle with it. The Rams play 10 guys at least 10 minutes a game so they can easily go 10 deep. It will be interesting to see how/if this affects them during the tournament.

  • March Preview: VCU Rams March 11, 2017 Alex Handorf

    The VCU Rams will most likely be picked to participate in their 16th NCAA tournament when the brackets are released on Sunday. This will be the Rams 7th straight tournament selection (school record) where they are 13-15 all time. VCU finished second in the Atlantic 10 and are still competing for an A10 tournament championship.

    Strength: Defense

    Ever since Shaka Smart took over the VCU program in 2009, the Rams have had a motto called “Havoc”. This refers to their defensive prowess. They play full court defense and are all over the place. Will Wade continued to use this motto when he took over in 2015. VCU allows 66.2 points a game and only gives up 10.4 assists a game which is 14th in the country. The Rams average 7.7 steals a game, 26th in the nation and get a steal on 9.6% of defensive possessions which is 23rd nationally. They force 15.1 turnovers a game which is good enough for 29th in the nation and they force a turnover on 18.9% of defensive possessions which is 23rd in the nation.

    Weakness: Three Point Shooting

    The Rams have struggled to make jump shots all season, but shooting from behind the 3 point line has been even more of a struggle. VCU only shoots 33.1% from the three point line (258 in the nation). They only make 5.8 threes a game (305 in the nation) while attempting only 17.6 (305 in the nation). On the other hand, they are very effective in the paint. If a team would sit in a 2-3 zone and force VCU to shoot the ball from deep, this could create a lot of problems for the Rams.

  • March Preview: Dayton Flyers March 10, 2017 Alex Handorf

    The Dayton Flyers will most likely make their 18th tournament appearance, 4th in a row, when the brackets come out on Sunday night. They are .500 in the tournament with a record of 19-19. The Flyers were the Atlantic 10 regular season champions but were upset in the conference tournament in the quarterfinals.

    Strength: Experience and Defense

    Dayton has a senior heavy lineup that will help them in the tournament. Three of the five seniors, Kyle Davis, Kendall Pollard and Scoochie Smith will participate in their fourth straight NCAA tournament, a school record. Charles Cooke will be participating in his second straight. This class has also set a school record for most wins with 102. Davis, Pollard and Smith were freshmen on the Elite Eight team of 2014. This team knows how to win and they know how to win in the tournament. Some people overlook experience and don’t think it matters all that much but experience can be a huge asset.

    Dayton has always been known as a defensive team under head coach Archie Miller. This year, the Flyers rank 25th in the nation in defensive efficiency. They only allow a little over 66 points a game and force a turnover on 18.4% of plays which is good for 38th best in the country. Dayton gets almost 8 steals a game which is good for 33rd best in the country and they have a steal on 9.5% of possessions, good for 27th best in the country.

    Weakness: Inside Presence

    The Flyers don’t have a legitimate big man this year. Steve McElvene, a 7 footer out of Indiana, was the first big man that they had in a while but he passed away in May leaving the Flyers undermanned again. Kendall Pollard can play inside but is prone to foul trouble. Sophomore forward Josh Cunningham still doesn’t look 100% when he plays, but he can be effective at times. Cunningham is also prone to get into foul trouble. He tore a ligament in his ankle in November and just started playing a few weeks ago. Sophomore forwards Xeyrius Williams and Ryan Mikesell are 6’8″ and 6’7″ respectively, but they aren’t really bruisers and aren’t really inside players. A matchup with a dominant big man could doom the Flyers.

     

  • Postgame: Flyers 9 Game Win Streak Snapped at George Washington March 5, 2017 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – David Jablonski

    George Washington Colonials: 87  Dayton Flyers: 81

    After clinching the first ever outright regular season championship on Wednesday night, the Dayton Flyers still had another game to play to finish out the regular season. They headed to our nation’s capital to take on the George Washington Colonials Saturday night. Everyone is gunning for the Flyers right now. Combine this with senior night for George Washington and it created a perfect storm for the Colonials to get the upset over the Flyers. George Washington started this game out on fire, hitting 10 of their first 11 shots. This led to a 24-6 run to start the game. Dayton was able to get back into the game a little bit, cutting the GW lead to 10 multiple times, but the Colonials just kept hitting shots. George Washington led at the half 50-33. GW was 10 of 15 from 3 in the half and 18-31 overall. George Washington led 70-51 with 12:10 to go. Dayton then went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 8, 70-62 with 7:54 to go. UD was able to get within 4 with 11 seconds to go but that was the closest they would get. George Washington would end the Flyers win streak at 9. Dayton will head into the A10 tournament as the number 1 seed but with a sour taste in their mouth.

    By the Numbers:

    • 1 – Dayton’s first loss with sophomore forward Josh Cunningham in the lineup.
    • 13 – George Washington hit 13 threes, 6 of which came from grad student forward Tyler Cavanaugh.
    • 24 – The Flyers finish with 24 regular season wins, second in school history.
    • 40 – Dayton is now 23-2 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
    • 40 – The Flyers outscored GW in the paint 40-20.
    • 50 – Dayton gave up 50 first half points, most in the Archie Miller era.

    George Washington shot 47.4% (27-57) from the field, 50% (13-26) from the three point line and 71.4% (20-28) from the free throw line. The Colonials had 34 rebounds, 14 assists, 11 turnovers, 4 blocks and 9 steals. Leading the way for GW was Tyler Cavanaugh who had 30 points and 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Junior guard Yuta Watanabe had 18 points and 6 rebounds in 39 minutes. Freshman guard Jair Bolden added 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench. Senior guard Matt Hart chipped in 10 points in 26 minutes.

    Dayton shot 48.3% (28-58) from the field, 40% (8-20) from the three point line and 54.8% (17-31) from the charity stripe. UD had 35 rebounds, 18 assists, 12 turnovers, 2 blocks and 7 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 24 points and 6 rebounds in only 24 minutes because of foul trouble. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams had 17 points in 24 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 10 points and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 10 points and 7 assists in 29 minutes.

    The Colonials (18-13) (10-8 A10) are the 6 seed in the A10 tournament and will face either (11) Saint Louis or (14) Duquesne on Thursday, March 9th at 8:30 PM on NBC Sports Network.

    The Flyers (24-6) (15-3 A10) are the 1 seed in the A10 tournament and will face either (8) La Salle or (9) Davidson on Friday, March 10th at 12PM on NBC Sports Network.

    Final A10 Standings

    A10 Tournament Bracket

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Hold Off VCU to Clinch A10 Regular Season Championship March 2, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 79  VCU Rams: 72

    The VCU Rams traveled to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Dayton Flyers in what was the biggest matchup of the Atlantic 10 season. A lot was on the line in this game. For VCU, a tie at the top of the A10 standings and a possibility to share a second straight A10 title with the Flyers. Dayton had the chance to clinch their first ever outright regular season championship and have back to back regular season titles. The sold out Dayton Decibel Dungeon was rocking for the whole game as expected. Red Scare had their section filled up immediately after the doors opened. Some students were waiting in line all day. This game would be a heavyweight battle. Everyone knew it.

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    Dayton was honoring their 5 seniors for senior night.(In order from left to right) Charles Cooke, Jeremiah Bonsu, Kendall Pollard, Kyle Davis and Scoochie Smith are all graduating. This class has been a part of a lot of great years and are the winningest class in Dayton Flyer history.

    VCU got off to a very cold start in this game as they missed their first 7 shots. On the other hand, the Flyers started out pretty hot, hitting 7 of their first 11 shots. Dayton would hold the lead early in this game, but VCU was always within a few possessions of the Flyers. At the 10:28 mark in the first half senior guard Doug Brooks hit a 3 to pull VCU within 3, 18-15. The Flyers rushed back in transition and were able to get an easy layup from Charles Cooke that sparked a 10-2 run over the next 4 minutes that gave the Flyers a 28-17 lead with just over 6 minutes to play in the half. This matched their largest lead of the half. During this run, VCU head coach Will Wade picked up a technical foul that seemed to motivate the Rams a little bit but Dayton was able to keep the lead between 7-9 for the rest of the half. The Flyers took a 45-38 lead into the locker room. The good part of the half for the Flyers was that they were shooting 60% (15-25) from the field in the half. The bad part was that they were in a ton of foul trouble down low. Sophomore forwards Josh Cunningham and Xeyrius Williams along with Kendall Pollard all had 2 fouls at the half. The Rams shot 48.3% (14-29) for the half. Early in the second half, VCU was able to cut the Dayton lead to 4, 47-43. Dayton quickly went on a 7-0 run to put themselves back up 11, 54-43. With 12:08 to go, junior guard Darrell Davis hit a three from the corner to give the Flyers their biggest lead of the game, 65-51. VCU answered with a 8-0 over the next 3+ minutes to cut the deficit to 6, 65-59. VCU played an extended zone that befuddled Dayton during this run. The Flyers didn’t seem like they knew what to do. There were multiple sloppy and empty possessions and the Flyers looked like they were playing not to lose rather than to win. The Rams hung around and kept battling. VCU senior guard JeQuan Lewis hit a fastbreak layup with 4:21 to go to get the Rams within one possession, 71-68. In the next possession, the Flyers continued to look confused and ran the shot clock down to 4 seconds. VCU batted the ball out of bounds which forced the under 4 timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Dayton lobbed the ball to Josh Cunningham who bobbled it and turned around and threw up a prayer that was answered. This might have been the biggest shot of the game. Dayton took a 73-68 lead. Lewis answered again for VCU as he hit a jumper and was fouled. He hit the free throw to make the score 73-71 Flyers with 3:09 to go. A few possessions later, Kendall Pollard was fouled and split the two free throws to push the Flyer lead to 74-71 with 2:02 left. With 1:17 left, Lewis was fouled and split a pair of free throws to get VCU within 2, 74-72. With 19 seconds left, Lewis took a three that would have given the Rams a one point lead that clanked off the iron. Kyle Davis got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made two free throws to put the Flyers up 4, 76-72. Lewis missed two more threes for the Rams and the Flyers closed out the game with free throws. VCU never had the lead. The Dayton Flyers win the A10 championship!

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    President Spina getting into the action!

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    By the Numbers:

    • 18 – VCU scored 18 second chance points off of 16 offensive rebounds.
    • 40 – Dayton is now 23-1 on the season when shooting 40% or better.
    • 46 – Number of fouls called during the game
    • 66 – The amount of points VCU scored in the paint and at the line. They made two jumpshots outside of the lane all game.
    • 13,455 – Fans in attendance, setting the program record for single season average attendance with an average of 13,018.

    VCU shot 42.9% (27-63) from the field, 13.3% (2-15) from the three point line and 66.7% (16-24) from the free throw line. They had 35 rebounds, 15 assists, 11 turnovers, 5 blocks and 6 steals. Leading the way for the Rams was senior forward Mo Alie-Cox who had 23 points and 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. Junior forward Justin Tillman had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. JeQuan Lewis added 15 points (4-13) and 5 ...

  • At-large bid breakdown by Conference February 26, 2017 College Pride Press

    At-Large Bid Breakdown

    By: Jonathon Warriner

    Lock- There is no possible chance this team misses the NCAA Tournament

    In Good shape- Not a lock but they are safely off the bubble for now

    On the Bubble- These teams may be projected as in or out, but they are clearly in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament

    Still in consideration- Teams that will need to keep winning to make a statement to the NCAA Tournament committee

    Better luck Next Year- Teams that will have to win their conference tournament to make the NCAA Tournament

    ACC

    Locks- North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Miami, Virginia Tech

    On the bubble- Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest

    Still In consideration- Clemson, Pittsburgh

    Better Luck Next Year- NC State, Boston College

    Big 12

    Locks- Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Iowa State

    On the bubble- Kansas State, TCU

    Still In Consideration- Texas Tech

    Better Luck Next Year- Texas, Oklahoma

    Big Ten

    Locks- Purdue, Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota

    In Good Shape- Michigan State, Michigan

    On the bubble- Northwestern

    Still In Consideration- Indiana, Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa

    Better Luck Next Year- Penn State, Nebraska, Rutgers

    Big East

    Locks- Villanova, Butler, Creighton

    In Good Shape- Xavier

    On the Bubble- Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence

    Better Luck Next Year- Georgetown, St. John’s, DePaul

    Pac-12

    Locks- Oregon, Arizona, UCLA

    In Good Shape- USC, California

    Still In Consideration- Utah

    Better Luck Next Year- Colorado, Arizona State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State

    SEC

    Locks- Kentucky, Florida

    In Good Shape- South Carolina, Arkansas

    On the bubble- Vanderbilt

    Still In Consideration- Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi

    Better Luck Next Year- Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri, LSU

    American

    Locks- SMU, Cincinnati

    Still In Consideration- Houston, Memphis

    Better Luck Next Year- UConn, UCF, Tulsa, Temple, East Carolina, Tulane, South Florida

    Atlantic 10

    In Good Shape- VCU, Dayton

    On the bubble- Rhode Island

    Better Luck Next Year- George Mason, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, La Salle, Davidson, Fordham, George Washington, St. Louis, Duquesne, Umass, St. Joseph’s

    Other Conferences

    Locks- Gonzaga, St. Mary’s

    On the bubble- Wichita State, Middle Tennessee, Illinois State

    Still In Consideration- UNC Wilmington, Nevada, Akron, Monmouth, Princeton

  • Postgame: Flyers Rally to Beat Davidson in OT February 25, 2017 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – David Jablonski

    Dayton Flyers: 89  Davidson Wildcats: 82  F/OT

    The Dayton Flyers traveled down to Davidson, North Carolina to take on the Davidson Wildcats Friday night on ESPN2. With a big match up on Wednesday with VCU, some could see this as a trap game for the Flyers. Dayton seems to struggle when they play at Davidson so there was no guarantee of an 8th straight win for the Flyers. There was very little defense being played early on. Dayton started 6-7 from the field while Davidson started 6-9. The Flyers and Wildcats fought back and forth for most of the first half. Neither team could separate themselves from the other as the largest lead in the half was 6 by Davidson. The Flyers took a 46-45 lead into the half. This was the most points the Flyers have given up in the first half all season. Dayton finished the half on a 15-7 run. This lead was a positive for the Flyers as they turned the ball over 11 times in the half and didn’t play good defense. Davidson was able to shoot 52.9% for the half. The Flyers and Wildcats kept trading punches early in the second half. The score was tied at 56 when Davidson went on a 14-1 run to take a 70-57 lead at the 7:58 mark. Dayton was held scoreless for a 6 minute stretch during this run. The Flyers answered this run with a 17-4 run of their own to force the game into overtime. Senior guard Jack Gibbs had a decent look at a step back three to take a lead late that clanked off the front of the rim for the Wildcats. Senior forward Kendall Pollard grabbed the rebound for the Flyers and heaved one up from about 40 feet that almost went in. Flyer senior guard Scoochie Smith took over the overtime period. He scored the first 11 points for the Flyers. He hit three straight three pointers followed by a layup. He went on an 11-4 run by himself that ended Davidson’s chance at an upset. Dayton came back from a double digit deficit for the second straight game.

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    By the Numbers: 

    • 7 – Dayton finished the month of February 7-0. This is the first perfect February since the 1970-1971 season.
    • 35 – The Flyers have won 35 straight games when scoring 80+.
    • 40 – Dayton is now 22-1 on the season when shooting 40% or better.
    • 54 – Wildcat players Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge combined for 54 points. On the season, they averaged 41 a game.
    • 82 – Flyers allowed a season high 82 points to the Wildcats. Coming into the game, Dayton had the best scoring defense in the A10 at 64.2 points a game.

    Davidson shot 49.2% (31-63) from the field, 31% (9-29) from the three point line and 57.9% (11-19) from the free throw line. The Wildcats had 31 rebounds, 17 assists, 16 turnovers, 4 blocks and 7 steals. Davidson was led by Jack Gibbs who scored 27 points and had 6 assists (6 turnovers), 3 rebounds and 3 steals in 45 minutes. Junior forward Peyton Aldridge also added 27 points and had 7 rebounds in 45 minutes. Freshman guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 10 points and 5 rebounds.

    Dayton shot 48% (24-50) from the field, 45.4% (10-22) from the three point line and 68.9% (31-45) from the charity stripe. UD had 42 rebounds, 14 assists, 19 turnovers, 3 blocks and 13 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who recorded his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. He also had 4 steals. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams had 17 points and 7 rebounds in 31 minutes.

    The Wildcats (14-13) (7-9 A10) host St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, February 28th at 7PM.

    The Flyers (23-5) (14-2 A10) head back home to take on VCU Wednesday, March 1st at 8PM. This game could decide the regular season champion.

    A10 Standings as of 2/24

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Mid-Major Report: Monmouth Jumps Into the Top Eight for the First Time February 22, 2017 Chris Walz

    Another superb week of college basketball. Gonzaga continues to dominate and there are a couple more teams that could make late season runs that would help boost their resumes. Here is the seventh edition of the College Pride Press Mid-Major Report…

    Power Rankings:

    Gonzaga (28-0, 16-0 WCC)

    Mark Few’s group continues to breeze through their conference schedule. The Bulldogs should remain undefeated once Selection Sunday rolls around.  

    St. Mary’s (24-3, 14-2 WCC)

    The Gaels didn’t get caught in the trap against a highly offensive powered BYU team winning 70-57 on the road. St. Mary’s is going to be a tough out in the Tournament and could give Gonzaga a run for its money in the conference tourney.  

    Wichita State (26-4, 16-1 MVC)

    Wichita State has won 11 games in a row since losing at Illinois State on January 14. All of those victories have been decided by 15 or more points. Now that’s impressive.  

    Illinois State (23-5, 15-1 MVC)

    The Redbirds survived a close one at home against Loyola-Chicago. The absence of Mikyle McIntosh has forced this team to struggle but it’ll be something to look out for when he returns.  

    VCU (22-5, 12-2 A-10)

    The Rams have been great all season. JeQuan Lewis has perhaps has been the MVP for this team. VCU has the toughest finish to the regular season out of any college basketball team, as they travel to both Rhode Island and Dayton to take on the Rams and the Flyers.

    Dayton (22-5, 13-2 A-10)

    Charles Cooke continues to have a stellar year which is no surprise. The Flyers are outscoring their opponents by over 11 points per game. UD has the potential to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament this year.

    Middle Tennessee (24-4, 14-1 C-USA)

    The Blue Raiders keep on rolling through their Conference USA schedule. MTSU has won all but one of their conference games, and most of their wins have been by double digits. They will be an exciting team to keep an eye on in march.

    Monmouth (24-5, 16-2 MAAC)

    The Hawks are gelling at the perfect time behind the leadership of stud point guard, Justin Robinson. Monmouth currently sits atop of the MAAC, and owns a 14 game win streak. The Hawks take on Siena and Iona this week.

    Just Missed the Cut: Vermont, New Mexico State, Akron, Valparaiso, UNC Wilmington

    Players of the Week:  

    Mike Daum, South Dakota State

    It’s pretty impressive when you score 51 points in a game and your name is not Marcus Keene. Daum scored 51 points and also grabbed 15 rebounds in a 97-89 victory over Fort Wayne on Saturday.

    Jordan Washington, Iona

    A L is a L but it doesn’t hurt as bad when you score 38 points right? Washington had 38 points and 10 boards in the 103-85 loss to Rider on Sunday.  

    Games to Watch:

    Friday, February 24

    Siena @ Monmouth (7:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

    Dayton @ Davidson (9:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

    Saturday, February 25

    VCU @ Rhode Island (2:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

    BYU @ Gonzaga (10:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

  • Postgame: Flyers Use Second Half Run to Beat George Mason February 22, 2017 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – Brett Hansbauer

    Dayton Flyers: 83  George Mason Patriots: 70

    The George Mason Patriots have been the biggest surprise of the Atlantic 10 this year. Last year, the Patriots won a total of 11 games and only 5 in conference. They came into a rowdy University of Dayton Arena with 18 wins, 8 in conference, trying to get a statement win for this season. The Dayton Flyers were looking to get their 7th straight win to keep pace at the top of the A10. Dayton was able to get an early 11-6 lead. George Mason went on an 8-2 run to take a 14-13 lead, the only they’d have all night. The Flyers were able to keep a little bit of distance from the Patriots for the half, but GMU was always within striking distance. Dayton’s biggest lead of the half came at the 4:08 mark when senior guard Kyle Davis hit a three to put the Flyers up 33-23. UD took a 38-31 lead into the half. Early in the second half, the teams traded buckets. Dayton was able to get another 10 point lead, 48-38, with 14:54 to go in the game but George Mason answered immediately. The Patriots went on a 9-0 run in a little over 40 seconds. They hit back to back threes and then completed an old fashioned three point play to cut the deficit to 1, 48-47. This is where things got very interesting. Senior guard Scoochie Smith was taken out to get a breather. Sophomore guard John Crosby came in to give Smith a rest. Normally, when Crosby runs the point, the offense becomes very stagnant. It was the complete opposite today. Flyer senior guard Charles Cooke hit a 3 at the 13:23 mark to spark a 20-0 run over the next 6 minutes. Crosby scored 9 points during this run. Dayton led 68-47 with 7:30 to go. George Mason then called a timeout that slowed down the Flyers. The Patriots went on a 14-3 run to get within 10, 71-61, with 3:47 left. George Mason was able to get within 9 a couple times over the final 3:47 but that is the closest they would get. With the win, the Flyers assured themselves a double-bye into the quarterfinals of the A10 tournament.

    By the Numbers: 

    • 15 – The Flyers outscored the Patriots in fast break points 15-4.
    • 20 – Dayton is 20-0 when leading with five minutes to go.
    • 29 – UD had 29 points off turnovers to George Mason’s 5.
    • 34 – The Flyers have won 34 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.
    • 40 – Dayton is 21-1 on the season when they shoot 40% or better.
    • 100 – This was the senior class’ 100th win, extending their UD record for wins by a class.

    George Mason shot 41% (25-61) from the field, 34.8% (8-23) from the three point line and 63.2% (12-19) from the free throw line. GMU had 44 rebounds, 13 assists, 17 turnovers, 1 block and 2 steals. Leading the way for the Patriots was sophomore guard Jaire Grayer who had 13 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes. Senior guard Marquise Moore had 12 points and 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. Senior forward Jalen Jenkins added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes. Freshman guard Karmari Newman came off the bench and added 11 points in 15 minutes.

    Dayton shot 44.4% (28-63) from the field, 40% (10-25) from the three point line and 70.8% (17-24) from the charity stripe. UD had 35 rebounds, 17 assists, only 5 turnovers, 9 blocks and 8 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Scoochie Smith who had 16 points and 3 assists in 28 minutes. Charles Cooke added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes. Senior forward Kendall Pollard had 10 points, 6 boards and 3 steals in only 22 minutes. John Crosby came off the bench and scored a career high 12 points and added 5 rebounds in only 12 minutes.

    The Patriots (18-10) (8-7 A10) head to Washington, DC to take on George Washington Sunday, February 26th at 2PM.

    The Flyers (22-5) (13-2 A10) will play at Davidson Friday, February 24th at 9PM. This game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

    A10 Standings as of 2/21

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Rally from Down 15 to Beat St. Bonaventure February 18, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 76  St. Bonaventure Bonnies: 72

    A sold out University of Dayton Arena welcomed the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers were looking to get their 6th straight win to keep pace with VCU at the top of the Atlantic 10. UD beat St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center in early January 90-74. Dayton took an early 2-0 lead but then struggled for the first part of the half. The Bonnies went on a 26-9 run over the next 12+ minutes to take a 26-11 lead with 7:20 to go in the half. The Flyers couldn’t get anything going. St. Bonaventure played a 2-3 zone for almost the entire first half and Dayton’s offense seemed to be sleepwalking. Clank after clank from down low and missed 3 after missed 3. UD was 4-15 to start the game while St. Bonaventure was 9-14 early. The Flyers needed someone to turn the game around and they got just that. Senior guard Scoochie Smith hit a couple of free throws and a couple of 3 pointers that sparked a 23-8 run to end the half. Dayton trailed 34-28 at the half. The Flyers were able to tie the game and then take the lead with a 10-4 start to the second half. Both teams then traded buckets for the majority of the half. Dayton was able to get a lead as big as 8 but this lead would not last very long. St. Bonaventure wouldn’t go away. After a barrage of free throws late in the game and a three from Bonny guard Jaylen Adams from about 35 feet, the Flyers were able to prevail and stay atop the A10.  A big turning point in this game happened at the 18:40 mark in the second half when St. Bonaventure freshman forward Josh Ayeni picked up a technical foul during a tie up situation. The Bonnies were going to have the ball up 4 points but instead, the Flyers got a couple free throws and the possession. Dayton capitalized and got 3 points out of the possession and then tied the game up in the following possession. The junior backcourt tandem for the Bonnies, Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams, did not leave the floor while combining for 49 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

    By the Numbers: 

    • 19 – The Flyers are 19-0 when leading with 5 minutes to go in regulation.
    • 35 – Jaylen Adams scored a career high 35 points for the Bonnies.
    • 40 – Dayton is now 20-1 on the season when shooting 40% or better.

    St. Bonaventure shot 42.3% (22-52) from the field, 41.2% (7-17) from the three point line and 77.8% (21-27) from the free throw line. The Bonnies had 33 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, 6 blocks and 3 steals. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Jaylen Adams who had 35 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. Matt Mobley had 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes.

    Dayton shot 43.8% (21-48) from the field, 42.9% (6-14) from the three point line and 71.8% (28-39) from the charity stripe. UD had 31 rebounds, 14 assists, 12 turnovers, 4 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Scoochie Smith who had 19 points (11-14 from the line) in 34 minutes. Senior forward Kendall Pollard had 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 13 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes.

    The Bonnies (16-10) (8-6 A10) travel to Philadelphia to face Saint Joe’s Wednesday, February 22nd at 7PM.

    The Flyers (21-5) (12-2 A10) remain home and take on George Mason Tuesday, February 21st at 7PM.

    A10 Standings as of 2/18

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Mid-Major Report: Teams Try too Polish Their Résumés as March Looms February 15, 2017 Chris Walz

    March is just around the corner people. Strap on your seat belts as we prepare for the wild ride ahead. Here is your recap of a great week of mid-major hoops and a preview of what is to come this week…

    Power Rankings:

    Gonzaga (26-0, 14-0 WCC)

    The ‘Zags continue to roll. With Nigel Williams-Goss leading the charge at the point guard position, I don’t see how this team could lose before the NCAA Tournament.  

    St. Mary’s (22-3, 12-2 WCC)

    Even with the loss to Gonzaga, the Gaels are still deserving of the number two spot. Jock Landale is an absolute monster in the paint.  

    Wichita State (23-4, 13-1 MVC)

    The Shockers have won eight straight games by an average margin of 23 points since losing at Illinois State on January 14th. Gregg Marshall has his team gelling at the right time.  

    Illinois State (21-5, 13-1 MVC)

    The Redbirds have been able to bounce back after the blowout loss to Wichita State a week ago with two solid wins over Drake and Bradley this week. Travelling to Missouri State on Wednesday will be an interesting matchup for Dan Muller’s group. Paris Lee is one of the most improved players in the nation.  

    VCU (21-5, 11-2 A-10)

    The Rams have been able to rattle off 7 wins in a row, and they show no signs of stopping. They have an easy week coming up with games against Richmond and St. Louis. JeQuan Lewis continues to have an exceptional year.

    Dayton (20-5, 11-2 A-10)

    Every year, the Flyers seem to be the team to beat in the Atlantic 10. Nothing has changed this year. UD is tied for first in the A-10 and will get into the tournament, with or without an automatic bid.

    Middle Tennessee (22-4, 12-1 C-USA)

    The Blue Raiders are the most impressive team that no one is talking about. Their great play leaves them a top Conference USA, with only a few blemishes on the record. MTSU will bust some brackets come March.

    Akron (22-4, 12-1 MAC)

    Akron has been a very fun team to watch this year. anchored by big man Isaiah Johnson, the Zips have won 12 of 13 conference games. UA takes on Kent State and Bowling Green this week in what should be easy wins.

    Just Missed the Cut: New Mexico State, UNC Wilmington, Monmouth, Vermont, Valparaiso 

    Players of the Week: 

    Justin Robinson, Monmouth

    Robinson went OFF in a MAAC win over Siena 102-82 scoring 40 points on 14-20 from the field. Monmouth on the floor is making more noise than their bench mob this year.  

    Jequan Lewis, VCU

    Mr. Do it all for the Rams. Lewis scored 34 points in the win over St. Joe’s on Tuesday. With Lewis leading the charge, VCU could be a sneaky team in March once again.  

    Games to Watch:

    Friday, February 17

    Kent State @ Akron (7:00 PM ET; ESPNU)

    VCU @ Richmond (9:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

    Saturday, February 18

    St. Bonaventure @ Dayton (2:00 PM ET; NBCSN)

  • Postgame: Flyers Pummel Billikens on the Road February 14, 2017 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – David Jablonski

    Dayton Flyers: 85  Saint Louis Billikens: 63

    The Dayton Flyers traveled to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens on Tuesday night. This game was expected to be a mismatch from the beginning. The Flyers are at the top of the conference and the Billikens are near the bottom. Dayton hosted Saint Louis earlier in the year. The Flyers won that game by 21 points. In this game, Dayton played all the way to the final buzzer even with the big lead that they had. The Flyers started this game on fire from the field (7-10). Dayton was struggling early to hold onto the ball though as they committed 7 turnovers in the first 8 minutes of the game. The Flyers were able to do this and still hold a solid lead because the Billikens didn’t get their first bucket until the 13:27 mark and they were 2-15 from the field in the first 12+ minutes of the game. Some of this was poor shooting but a lot of it was from the great defense that the Flyers were playing. Dayton started the game on an 18-4 run and that was pretty much it. Saint Louis only scored 17 points in the first half. They couldn’t do anything right in the half. The halftime lead for the Flyers was 24, 41-17. UD shot 60.9% from the field and 62.5% from the three in the half while Saint Louis only shot 25% from the field and 11.1% from the three. Early in the second half, SLU was able to cut the deficit to 22, 44-22. Dayton went on a 9-0 run after this to make it a 53-22 game. The Flyers largest lead of the game came at the 11:37 mark when they owned a 64-28 advantage. This was Saint Louis’ largest deficit of the season. The Billikens never gave up and fought til the end. The most important thing in this game for the Flyers was getting sophomore forward Josh Cunningham some valuable minutes. He was tied for second on the team with 23. This was his first real action since November 15th. He played against Rhode Island on Friday but only managed 2 minutes.

    • 4 – Dayton has had 4 consecutive 20 win seasons.
    • 26 – The Flyers had 26 assists on 28 made field goals.
    • 33 – UD has won 33 straight games when scoring 80+
    • 40 – Dayton is 19-1 on the season when shooting 40% or better.
    • 98 – The Flyers senior class set the record for most wins by a class with 98.

    Saint Louis shot 38.2% (21-55) from the field, 40% (8-20) from the three point line and 68.4% (13-19) from the free throw line. SLU had 30 rebounds, 15 assists, 15 turnovers, 1 block and 7 steals. Leading the way for the Billikens was junior guard Davell Roby who had 18 points and 4 assists in 33 minutes. Freshman guard/forward Zeke Moore came off the bench and added 11 points in 28 minutes.

    Dayton shot 57.1% (28-49) from the field, 50% (9-18) from the three point line and 80% (20-25) from the charity stripe. UD had 29 rebounds, 26 assists, 11 turnovers, 3 blocks and 10 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was senior guard Charles Cooke who had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Josh Cunningham scored 12 points and had 4 assists off the bench in 23 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 10 points and 5 assists in 22 minutes.

    The Billikens (9-17) (4-9 A10) head to the Bronx to take on Fordham Saturday, February 18th at 1PM.

    The Flyers (20-5) (11-2 A10) host St. Bonaventure on Saturday, February 18th at 2PM.

    A10 Standings as of 2/14

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Xeyrius Williams’ Late Three Propels Flyers over Rams February 10, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 75  Rhode Island Rams: 74

    The Rhode Island Rams hosted the Dayton Flyers on Friday in a huge Atlantic 10 matchup. The Flyers and Rams are both sitting high in the league standings with Dayton at 9-2 and Rhode Island at 8-3. Rhode Island was without junior guard Jarvis Garrett who has missed 8 straight games with an illness. Dayton sophomore forward Josh Cunningham returned tonight after a 21 game absence because of a torn ligament in his ankle. The Flyers and Rams kept it close for the first 8 or so minutes of the half. Rhode Island took an 18-10 lead with 10 minutes to go in the half. The Flyers then went on a 7-0 run over the next 2 minutes to make the score 18-17 Rams. Rhode Island then countered the Flyers run with an 11-1 run of their own to give them a 29-18 lead with 3:42 to go in the half. The Flyers battled the rest of the half and were able to cut the deficit to 6, 36-30, going into the half. The Flyers had their 2nd worst shooting first half of the season. They shot 27.6% (8-29). Rhode Island shot 51.9% (14-27) in the half. Only down 6, Dayton had to feel pretty good about their situation at halftime. The Flyers came out strong to start the second half. They scored the first 7 points of the half to take their first lead of the game, 37-36. After this both teams traded baskets for a while. Rhode Island junior guard EC Matthews hit a jumper with 5:52 to go to take a 59-55 lead. This marked the first time since the 18:21 mark where the score was more than a one possession differential. The last 6 minutes of this game would be an absolute battle. With 1:15 left, Dayton senior forward Kendall Pollard tied the game up at 69 with a free throw. Rhode Island took the lead at the 1:01 mark, 71-69, with a layup by junior guard Jared Terrell. The Flyers failed to score on their next possession. Rhode Island senior forward Kuran Iverson drew a foul and made both free throws. URI led 73-69 with 24 seconds left. Just seconds later, Flyer sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams hit a three to cut the deficit to one, 73-72. Flyers foul EC Matthews with 16 seconds to go. Matthews hit one of two free throws. With 7 seconds to go, Xeyrius Williams hits another 3 for the Flyers to take a 75-74 lead. Rhode Island threw the inbound pass away and the Flyers steal one in Kingston.

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    By the Numbers:

    • 2 – Josh Cunningham played 2 minutes tonight.
    • 24 – Flyers had 24 bench points to Rhode Island’s 3.
    • 40 – Dayton moves to 18-1 when shooting 40% or better.
    • 56 – Flyers shot 56% in the second half.
    • 97 – Dayton’s senior class has 97 wins. This ties the school record for wins by a class.

    Rhode Island shot 45.1% (23-51) from the field, 38.9% (7-18) from the three point line and 65.6% (21-32) from the free throw line. URI had 34 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 turnovers, 8 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Rams was Kuran Iverson who had 20 points and 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. EC Matthews had 16 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Jared Terrell notched 15 points in 36 minutes. Senior forward Hassan Martin added 15 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes.

    Dayton shot 41.1% (23-56) from the field, 44.4% (8-18) from the three point line and 72.4% (21-29) from the charity stripe. UD had 36 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 turnovers, 5 blocks and 9 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who had 17 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 13 points and 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and scored 13 points and had 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis also came off the bench to add 10 points in 23 minutes.

    The Rams (16-8) (8-4 A10) will host Fordham on Wednesday, February 15th at 7PM.

    The Flyers (19-5) (10-2 A10) head to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens Tuesday, February 14th at 8PM.

    A10 Standings as of 2/10

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Mid-Major Report: Wichita State Jumps to 3 After Win Over Illinois State February 8, 2017 Chris Walz

    This past week was the most abnormal week in mid-major conference basketball all year.  From VCU’s wild win over St.Bonaventure because of a premature court storming to Wichita State’s 41 point win over an evenly matched Illinois State squad.  It was an exciting week for college basketball fans everywhere.  Here is the fifth rendering of the weekly Mid-Major Report…

    Power Rankings:


    Gonzaga (24-0, 12-0 WCC)

    The ‘Zags continue to roll through the conference schedule. Saturday is going to be a fun one when they travel to Cali for a date with St. Mary’s.

    St. Mary’s (21-2, 11-1 WCC)

    The Gaels gave up 27 points to San Diego in the win on Saturday. Yup, 27. No, that is not a typo. St. Mary’s will need another performance similar to that on Saturday when Gonzaga comes to town.  

    Wichita State (21-4, 11-1 MVC)

    It’s evident that Wichita State wasn’t happy about the loss to Illinois State earlier in the year. The Shockers gave the Redbirds an absolute beating in a 86-45 win last Saturday in Wichita. Gregg Marshall’s team should have no problem with the rest of their conference schedule.  

    New Mexico State (22-2, 8-0 WAC)

    With the win over Chicago State on Saturday, the Aggies still own the longest active winning streak in the nation with 20 games behind Gonzaga of course. On the road at Cal State Bakersfield could be a potential trap game.  

    Illinois State (20-5, 12-1 MVC)

    The Redbirds got run out of the gym in a 41 point loss to Wichita State this past Saturday. They could not have played much worse. ISU was able to bounce back and beat Drake easily last night. The Redbirds take on Bradley in their next contest.

    VCU (18-5, 8-2 A-10)

    VCU had one of the most bizarre wins over St. Bonaventure this past week. It was a game they should have lost but regardless, they came out unscathed. The Rams take on George Washington, Davidson, and Saint Joseph’s this week, all of which should be wins.

    Dayton (18-5, 9-2 A-10)

    UD has won three straight after their tough loss to VCU. The Flyers are looking better and better with each game. They battle Rhode Island this week in the A-10 game of the week. 

    Middle Tennessee (20-4, 10-1 C-USA)

    The Blue Raiders suffered their first conference lost this past week at the hands of the UTEP Miners. MTSU should go undefeated for the rest of the regular season in a very uncompetitive Conference USA. They take on the Old Dominion Monarchs next.  

    Just Missed the Cut: Akron, UNC Wilmington, Vermont, Valparaiso, Monmouth

    Players of the Week:

    Jacob Wiley and Bogdan Bilznyuk, Eastern Washington

    The duo each scored 45 points in the 3OT victory over Portland State on Saturday. One of the best teammate performances of the year, if not the best for sure. Incredible.

    Marcus Keene, Central Michigan

    This guy is an automatic bid every week for this category. Keene dropped 35 on Saturday in the win over in-state rival Western Michigan and 41 against Ohio on Tuesday. Too bad his team is NIT bound if they’re lucky.  

    Games to Watch:

    Friday, February 10

    Dayton @ Rhode Island (7:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

    Saturday, February 11

    Gonzaga @ St. Mary’s (8:15 PM ET; ESPN)

    Sunday, February 12

    Nevada @ San Diego State (4:00 PM ET; CBSSN)

  • Postgame: Flyers Survive Depleted Hawks February 8, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 77  St. Joe’s Hawks: 70

    The St. Joe’s Hawks traveled to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Flyers on Tuesday in front of a nearly sold out University of Dayton Arena. The Hawks were without two of their starters, junior forward James Demery and sophomore guard Chris Clover due to undisclosed illnesses. St. Joe’s has been missing junior guard Shavar Newkirk due to a knee injury that happened in late December. Even though the Hawks were very undermanned, they put up a fight against the league leading Flyers. Dayton started the game shooting only 4-16 from the field while the Hawks started 6-15 from the field. Neither team was able to gain any momentum in the first half. The Flyers looked very uninterested and sloppy in the half while St. Joe’s was playing like they had nothing to lose. With 6:29 to go in the first half, Flyers junior guard Darrell Davis had a nice behind the back pass to senior forward Kendall Pollard on a fast break that Pollard slammed home. This gave the Flyers their biggest lead of the half, 23-18. Dayton and St. Joe’s were all tied up at 32 after Flyers senior guard Charles Cooke and Hawks sophomore guard Lamarr Kimble traded three pointers in the final seconds of the first half. Both teams traded buckets early in the second half. Dayton had a 41-39 lead with 17:10 left in the game. Dayton senior forward Kendall Pollard hit a fast break jumper that sparked a 19-7 run over the next 8+ minutes that gave the Flyers a 60-46 lead with 8:38 to go. The Hawks didn’t give up as they posted a 7-0 run over the next minute and a half to cut the deficit to 7, 60-53. With 3:42 to go, Lamarr Kimble hit a 3 to bring the Hawks within 3, 66-63. This was the closest St. Joe’s got as the Flyers hit their free throws late to close out the game.

    Josh Cunningham Update

    Flyers Head Coach Archie Miller said in his presser after the game that Cunningham is ready to go. “Josh is available to play now,” said Miller. He also said that they need to figure out how to work him in. The game at Rhode Island on Friday could be the game that they get him some minutes.

    By the Numbers: 

    • 18 – Dayton had 18 fastbreak points to St. Joe’s 2.
    • 40 – The Flyers are 17-1 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
    • 96 – Dayton’s senior class now has 96 wins, 1 away from tying the school record of 97.

    St. Joe’s shot 43.1% (25-58) from the field, 30.8% (8-26) from the three point line and 92.3% (12-13) from the free throw line. The Hawks had 31 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 turnovers, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Leading the way for St. Joe’s was Lamarr Kimble who had 25 points and 10 assists (his first career double double) in 40 minutes. Freshman forward Charlie Brown had 17 points and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes.

    Dayton shot 43.3% (26-60) from the field, 37% (10-27) from the three point line and 83.3% (15-18) from the charity stripe. UD had 37 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 turnovers, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who had 19 points in 33 minutes. Charles Cooke had 16 points in 29 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 13 points and 8 assists in 31 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and added 11 points and 7 boards in 21 minutes.

    The Hawks (10-13) (3-8 A10) head back home to Hagan Arena to take on UMASS Saturday, February 11th at 2:30PM.

    The Flyers (18-5) (9-2 A10) head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on the Rhode Island Rams on Friday, February 10th at 7PM. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

     A10 Standings as of 2/7

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Thump Dukes to Keep Pace Atop A10 February 4, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 90  Duquesne Dukes: 53

    The Dayton Flyers hosted the reeling Duquesne Dukes Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out University of Dayton Arena. The two teams met earlier this year in Pittsburgh where the Flyers had their way with the Dukes 76-57. Coming into the game, Duquesne was at the bottom of the A10 and the Flyers were at the top. At the 18:04 mark of the first half, the game was tied at 4. The Flyers took complete control over the next 13 minutes as they went on a 33-7 run to take a 37-11 lead. The Dukes couldn’t do anything right during this stretch. After this stretch, senior guard Scoochie Smith was taken out of the game to get some rest. Sophomore guard John Crosby replaced him. The offense seems to sputter when Scoochie isn’t in the game. Over the next 2+ minutes, the Dukes of Duquesne went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 15, 37-22. This would end the runs for the half and the Flyers took a 44-25 lead going into the locker room. Dayton shot 58.1% from the field and 46.2% from the three point line in the first half. The Dukes shot 40% from the field in the half. Duquesne was outrebounded 20-9. The second half was very similar to the first half for both teams. A few buckets were traded early. At the 16:50 mark, the Flyers led 49-31. Over the next 11 minutes, Dayton went on a 33-5 run to take a 46 point lead, 82-36. Duquesne ended the game on a 17-8 run. The Flyers shot 59.4% from the field in the second half. The Dukes only shot 33.3%.

    Josh Cunningham Update

    Dayton sophomore forward Josh Cunningham went down with an ankle injury in the second game of the season at Alabama. He has been sidelined with a torn ligament since. He returned to practice this week but was limited to non-contact drills. Head coach Archie Miller said he most likely wouldn’t play Tuesday against St. Joe’s but there is a chance that he could play Friday at Rhode Island. The major thing Miller is worried about is that Cunningham gets reps in practice.

    By the Numbers:

    • 30 – Dayton had 30 assists on 37 made shots which is tied for third most in school history and the most in a game since 1989.
    • 40 – The Flyers are 16-1 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
    • 95 – Dayton’s senior class now has 95 wins. They need two more to tie the school record.
    • 100 – Senior’s Kendall Pollard and Kyle Davis each shot 100% from the field today.
    • 114 – This was the 114th sellout in UD Arena history.

    Duquesne shot 36.4% (20-55) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three point line and 87.5% (7-8) from the free throw line. The Dukes had 26 rebounds, 6 assists, 16 turnovers, 3 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for Duquense was freshman forward Isiaha Mike who had 12 points in 25 minutes. Graduate guard Emile Blackman had 10 points and 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Junior forward Eric James added 11 points in 10 minutes off the bench.

    Dayton shot 58.7% (37-63) from the field, 45.8% (11-24) from the three point line and 50% (5-10) from the charity stripe. UD had 40 rebounds, 30 assists, 13 turnovers, 7 blocks and 6 steals. The Flyers dominated in points in the paint, 48-20, points off turnovers, 27-10 and fast break points, 23-6. They also had 20 second chance points to Duquesne’s 10. Leading the way for Dayton was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 16 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Junior guard Darrell Davis had 13 points in 26 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 19 minutes off the bench. Scoochie Smith had 9 points and 8 assists in 23 minutes and senior guard Charles Cooke had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 28 minutes.

    The Dukes (9-15) (2-9 A10) will travel to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens on Saturday, February 11th at 8PM.

    The Flyers (17-5) (8-2 A10) will host Saint Joe’s Tuesday, February 7th at 8PM.

    A10 Standings as of 2/4

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Mid-Major Report: Akron Jumps Into the Rankings for the First Time February 1, 2017 Chris Walz

    Welcome to the fourth week of the College Pride Press Mid-Major Report. Finally, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the number one ranked team in the land, it’s about time. Here you go folks….

    Power Rankings:

    Gonzaga (22-0, 10-0 WCC)

    For the second time in program history, Gonzaga sits atop the college basketball world with the number one ranking in the land. Balance, Balance, Balance is the key for this team and they almost seem unbeatable at this point. At BYU on Thursday could be a potential trap game.  

    St. Mary’s (19-2, 9-1 WCC)

    Not much to say about the Gaels despite the fact Jock Landale is extremely underrated. If all goes according to plan, St. Mary’s will have a great amount of momentum going into the Gonzaga matchup on February 11th.

    Illinois State (18-4, 10-0 MVC)

    Even without their best player Mikyle McIntosh, the Redbirds were able to come away with a road victory over the Evansville Aces. Paris Lee is one of the most improved players in the country.  

    New Mexico State (21-2, 7-0 WAC)

    Similar to Gonzaga, the Aggies pride themselves on balance. After starting out the season 2-2, New Mexico State has proceeded to win 19 straight which is the longest streak in college basketball behind Gonzaga.  

    Wichita State (19-4, 9-1 MVC)

    Wichita State has been playing great team basketball. The Shockers frontcourt has been the best in the MVC and has anchored their scoring. WSU takes on Illinois State Saturday, at home, in a rematch of their close loss to the Redbirds just 3 weeks ago.

    Middle Tennessee (19-3, 9-0 C-USA)

    The Blue Raiders might be the most surprising team in college basketball that no one is talking about. MTSU has won 9 straight games and they have 3 players averaging upwards of 15 points per contest. They could be a nightmare for higher seeded teams come March.

    Valparaiso (18-4, 8-1 Horizon)

    Valpo has been very impressive lately. They have won 7 straight games all of which were in conference. Alec Peters is the anchor for this years squad that could potentially go undefeated for the rest of the conference season.

    Akron (19-3, 9-0 MAC)

    Like many teams on this list, Akron has put together an impressive win streak. The Zips have not lost in 13 straight games. The Zips share the ball and score a lot of points. They have 4 players that put up double figures in each game, and they average almost 80 points per game as a squad. The Zips take on Ohio, Saturday. 

    Just Missed the Cut: VCU, Dayton, UNC Wilmington, Belmont, Monmouth


    Players of the Week: 

    Marcus Keene, Central Michigan 

    The nation’s leading scorer went off again scoring 41 points in the OT win over Kent State on Saturday. What can this man do wrong??

    Isaiah Johnson, Akron

    A big part of the Zips success has come from the play of Johnson. Putting up 27 and 21 in MAC wins over Buffalo and Northern Illinois is a small sample of what this stud has done for Akron this year.  


    Games to Watch:

    Thursday, February 2nd

    Gonzaga @ BYU (11:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

    Friday, February 3rd

    Rhode Island @ Davidson (7:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

    Saturday, February 4th

    Illinois State @ Wichita State (8:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

  • Postgame: Flyers Bounce Back with Win at Fordham February 1, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 75  Fordham Rams: 66

    Coming off of a loss to the VCU Rams, the Dayton Flyers needed a win at Fordham to stay atop the Atlantic 10. Fordham has given teams some trouble this year, one of those teams being VCU. The Rams beat VCU earlier in the year at home in overtime so the Flyers knew this game wouldn’t be an easy one to win. Dayton senior guard Scoochie Smith had his last homecoming game as he is from the Bronx. During the first 15 minutes of the game, neither team was able to pull away from the other. The biggest lead during this time for either team was only 6. With 4:51 to go, the Flyers held a 30-27 lead. They went on a mini 9-3 run over the couple minutes to take a 39-30 lead. Fordham would answer with 3 straight 3 pointers over the next few minutes to tie the game at 39 going into the half. Dayton shot 62% in the first half but had 11 turnovers. Combine the turnovers with Fordham hitting 9 threes in the half was the reason the game was all tied up. The start of the second half was very similar to the start of the first with neither team able to pull away. This was a closely contested game the whole way through. From the 10:06 mark to the 6:32 mark, neither team could buy a bucket and both teams went scoreless. During this stretch, Fordham used its last timeout which hurt them throughout the rest of the game. At the 5:26 mark, sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams made a layup to give the Flyers a 61-60 lead. They wouldn’t trail again. Dayton finished the game on a 16-6 run. Fordham players Javontae Hawkins, Prokop Slanina and Christian Sengfelder, all starters, fouled out in the closing minutes. This gave the Flyers the boost they needed to finish off the Rams. Senior forward Kendall Pollard became the 47th member of the 1000 point club for the Flyers. Dayton held grad guard Javontae Hawkins to 2 points on 1-6 shooting. He averaged 14+ coming into the game.

    By the Numbers: 

    • Dayton has won 13 straight against Fordham.
    • The Flyers are 15-1 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
    • Dayton is now 15-0 on the season when leading with 5 minutes left.

    Fordham shot 43.1% (25-58) from the field, 44% (11-25) from the three point line and 55.6% (5-9) from the free throw line. The Rams had 23 rebounds, 9 of them offensive, 18 assists, 10 turnovers, 3 blocks and 7 steals. Leading the way for Fordham was junior forward Christian Sengfelder who had 21 points in 37 minutes. Sophomore guard Joseph Chartouny had 14 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 39 minutes. Junior guard Antwoine Anderson had 12 points in 38 minutes.

    Dayton shot 52.3% (23-44) from the field, 35.3% (6-17) from the three point line and 85.2% (23-27) from the charity stripe. UD had 35 rebounds, 18 assists, 16 turnovers, 4 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who had 25 points (season high) and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 15 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 10 points and 6 assists in 35 minutes.

    The Rams (9-13) (3-6 A10) head to Philadelphia to take on St. Joe’s Saturday, February 4th at 6PM.

    The Flyers (16-5) (7-2 A10) head back home to play Duquesne on Saturday, February 4th at 12:30PM.

    A10 Standings as of 1/31

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Ugly Second Half Dooms Flyers at VCU January 28, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    VCU Rams: 73  Dayton Flyers: 68

    The Dayton Flyers headed to Richmond, Virginia to take on the VCU Rams on Friday in hopes of taking control of the Atlantic 10. The Siegel Center was packed and the Rams were hoping to jump into a tie for first place. Senior guard Kyle Davis returned after a two game hiatus for the Flyers due to a bruised foot and a sprained ankle. Dayton started hot as they hit 4 of their first 5 shots but couldn’t take advantage of this because they let the Rams get a bunch of offensive rebounds early which resulted in points. With 9:45 left in the first half, Dayton and VCU were even at 16. The Flyers went on a 15-5 run over the next 4+ minutes to take a 31-21 lead. During this run, senior guard Scoochie Smith picked up his second foul of the game and sat for the rest of the half. This completely changed the half and game. The Flyers only scored 2 more points in the half after their run that put them up 10. This was mostly because Scoochie wasn’t around to run the team. The offense went stagnant and the Rams took advantage. VCU ended the half on a 10-2 run but still trailed 33-31 going into the locker room. Dayton and VCU traded buckets early in the second half until VCU was able to take only their second lead of the game 39-37, with 16:39 to go. With 9:29 to go, junior guard Darrell Davis hit a 3 ball from the corner that put the Flyers up 48-46. Senior guard JeQuan Lewis answered with a 3 ball of his own to put the Rams up 49-48. VCU wouldn’t trail again. The Rams were able to push the lead to 11 with 1:43 left but there was still fight left in the Flyers. Dayton was able to cut the deficit to 4 when Kyle Davis hit a 3 to make the game 69-65 Rams but with only 15 seconds to play. VCU was able to finish the game thanks to their great free throw shooting late. The Rams hit 11 of their last 12 free throws to secure a win over the Flyers. Dayton and VCU will play again on March 1st in Dayton.

    By the Numbers: 

    • Dayton opponents have shot 13% (10-75) from three over the last four games.
    • This is the first time the Flyers have lost when shooting 40% or better this season.
    • VCU pulled down 18 offensive rebounds.
    • This was the first game the Flyers have lost this season when leading at half.

    VCU shot 44.8% (26-58) from the field, 13.3% (2-15) from the three point line and 73.1% (19-26) from the free throw line. They had 41 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 turnovers, 3 blocks and 2 steals. The Rams dominated second chance points, 26-8. Leading the way for VCU was junior forward Justin Tillman who had 18 points and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Freshman guard Samir Doughty had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. Senior forward Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed came off the bench and added 12 points and 8 rebounds in 16 minutes.

    Dayton shot 48.1% (26-54) from the field, 31.3% (5-16) from the three point line and 68.8% (11-16) from the charity stripe. The Flyers had 24 rebounds, 15 assists, 13 turnovers, 5 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for UD was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 19 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 11 points in 27 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 10 points, 7 assists and 2 rebounds in 31 minutes. Kyle Davis had a nice return as he notched 9 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds off the bench in 25 minutes.

    The Rams (16-5) (6-2 A10) will stay at home and take on the Richmond Spiders Wednesday, February 1st at 7PM.

    The Flyers (15-5) (6-2 A10) head to Bronx, New York to take on Fordham Tuesday, January 31st at 9PM.

    A10 Standings as of 1/27

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Noah Holley Bracketology: January 23, 2017 January 23, 2017 Noah Holley

     

    Past updates:

    EAST

    (Sites: Buffalo, Orlando, Milwaukee, Greenville)

    1 Villanova vs 16 NC Central/Fairleigh Dickinson
    8 Virginia Tech vs 9 TCU
    5 Wisconsin vs 12 Nevada
    4 Louisville vs 13 Valparaiso
    6 Maryland vs 11 UNC-Wilmington
    3 Creighton vs 14 Belmont
    7 SMU vs 10 Texas Tech
    2 Kentucky vs 15 Princeton

    SOUTH

    (Sites: Tulsa, Indianapolis, Greenville, Sacramento)

    1 Baylor vs 16 Sam Houston State
    8 Northwestern vs 9 Marquette
    5 West Virginia vs 12 Akron
    4 Notre Dame vs 13 New Mexico State
    6 Xavier vs 11 Illinois State
    3 North Carolina vs 14 Georgia Southern
    7 Minnesota vs 10 Arkansas
    2 Gonzaga vs 15 North Dakota State

    WEST

    (Sites: Tulsa, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis)

    1 Kansas vs 16 UC Irvine/Texas Southern
    8 Southern Cal vs 9 Seton Hall
    5 Purdue vs 12 Cal/Pitt
    4 Duke vs 13 Florida Gulf Coast
    6 South Carolina vs 11 Wichita State
    3 Oregon vs 14 Winthrop
    7 Florida vs 10 VCU
    2 Butler vs 15 UNC-Greensboro

    MIDWEST

    (Sites: Orlando, Buffalo, Sacramento, Salt Lake City)

    1 Florida State vs 16 Eastern Washington
    8 Kansas State vs 9 Dayton
    5 Cincinnati vs 12 Michigan State/Miami
    4 Virginia vs 13 Monmouth
    6 Indiana vs 11 Mid Tennessee State
    3 UCLA vs 14 Vermont
    7 Saint Mary’s vs 10 Iowa State
    2 Arizona vs 15 Bucknell

    LAST FOUR BYES
    VCU
    Texas Tech
    Iowa State
    Wichita State
    LAST FOUR IN
    Pitt
    Cal
    Miami
    Michigan State
    FIRST FOUR OUT
    Clemson
    Michigan
    Wake Forest
    NC State
    NEXT FOUR OUT
    Utah
    Illinois
    Rhode Island
    Ohio State

     

  • Postgame: Flyers Take Sole Possession of First Place in A10 with Rout of SLU January 22, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 67  Saint Louis Billikens: 46

    The Dayton Flyers hosted the Saint Louis Billikens on Sunday afternoon in front of an almost sold out (13,338) University of Dayton Arena. Flyer senior guard Kyle Davis would miss his second straight game due to a bruised foot and sprained ankle. From the sounds of it, he should be back for the big match up against VCU Friday. Saint Louis, one of the worst teams in the A10, have been struggling most of the year. They have lost 6 of their last 7 games and not much would change for the Billikens Sunday. They came into the game as a 22 point underdog. Early on, Saint Louis seemed like a completely different team. They took a 10-4 lead in the first 3 minutes of the game. The Flyers seemed to snap out of whatever kind of trance they happened to be in after this. Dayton senior forward Kendall Pollard hit a bunny in the paint and then senior guard Scoochie Smith hit back to back 3’s that sparked a 27-8 run to close out the first half. This run started at the 16:57 mark. The Billikens wouldn’t score again until the 6:44 mark of the half. The Flyers took a 31-18 lead into the locker room. This lead could have been much more but Dayton didn’t capitalize as much as they could have. Saint Louis started the scoring in the second half after freshman forward Jalen Johnson hit a jumper in their first possession. Dayton went on a 17-4 run over the next 6 minutes to take a commanding 48-24 lead with 13:39 left. This run put the game away.  The Flyers took their biggest lead of the game at the 10:58 mark, 56-28. Give SLU credit though as they didn’t give up. They kept cutting the lead little by little but the Flyers were too much for the Billikens.

    Josh Cunningham Update

    After the game, Archie Miller was asked about Sophomore forward Josh Cunningham who injured his left ankle late in the game against Alabama earlier this season. Archie said that if Cunningham looks good enough in practice that he will play at some point this season but only if he is 100%. He also said that Cunningham intends to play again at some point this season. Cunningham was originally thought to be lost for the season. This is a game changer for the Flyers if he is able to come back and provide some minutes.

    By the Numbers: 

    • 40% – Flyers are undefeated, 14-0, when shooting 40% or better.
    • 18 – Dayton has outscored 18 of the 19 teams they’ve played this year in the second half.
    • In the last 3 games, UD has held its opponents to 13.3% (8-60) from the 3 point line.
    • Saint Louis hasn’t scored 50 or more points in the last 5 games against the Flyers.
    • 0 – The amount of games the Flyers have played this season at full-strength

    Saint Louis shot 30% (15-50) from the field, 15.8% (3-19) from the three point line and 76.5% (13-17) from the free throw line. The Billikens had 32 rebounds, 8 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for SLU was senior guard Mike Crawford who had 11 points and 8 rebounds in 37 minutes.

    Dayton shot 42.6% (20-47) from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from the three and 81% (17-21) from the charity stripe. The Flyers had 35 rebounds, 15 assists, 10 turnovers, 7 blocks and 6 steals. They had a substantial advantage in points off turnovers, 17-5. Leading the way for UD was Scoochie Smith who had 19 points in 34 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 15 points, 9 rebounds and a career high 6 assists in 34 minutes.

    The Billikens (5-14) (1-6 A10) head back home to take on UMASS Wednesday, January 25th at 7PM.

    The Flyers (15-4) (6-1 A10) head to Richmond, Virginia on Friday, January 27th to take on VCU in a huge conference match up. Catch the game on ESPN2 at 9PM.

    A10 Standings as of 1/22

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Pull Away from Richmond Late January 19, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 75  Richmond Spiders: 59

    The first place Richmond Spiders traveled to the second place Dayton Flyers for a right for first place in the A10. Richmond was the last undefeated team in conference before losing to the Flyers. The atmosphere was electric in the Decibel Dungeon as the students had returned from break and were ready to watch some more Flyer basketball. Dayton senior guard Kyle Davis did not play because of an ankle sprain and a bruised foot. His status going forward is still day to day. The Flyers and Spiders traded buckets early on in the contest. Neither team could get a lead of 4 or more for the first 14 minutes of the game. This was a very closely contested first half until the Flyers blew it open late in the half. The Flyers had a 25-23 lead with 6 minutes to play. Scoochie Smith hit a 3 ball that started a 15-6 run to end the half which gave Dayton a 40-29 halftime lead. The Flyers had a very good half shooting the ball. They were 57.1% from the field and 50% from the three on 14 shots. Meanwhile, Richmond didn’t shoot the three ball well as they attempted 12 and only made 1 (8.3%). Dayton was able to build on their first half momentum as they quickly took a 14 point lead in the first couple minutes of the second half. With 17:28 left in the game, the Flyers had a 45-31 lead. The Spiders weren’t quite ready to give up. Over the next 5+ minutes, Richmond went on a 16-2 run to tie the game at 47. Dayton was struggling to hold on to the ball and couldn’t buy a shot. The Flyers were able to quickly turn it around and finish the game on a 28-12 run. Dayton’s defense turned the Spiders over 7 times in the span of 5 minutes during this run. They were also able to force a bunch of bad shots. The Flyers only shot 36.8% from the field in the second half and 14.3% from the three. Dayton now sits in first place in the A10. They are in a 3-way tie with La Salle and Richmond but hold the tiebreaker over both.

    By the Numbers: 

    • The win over Richmond gave Dayton 1600 wins in program history and 200 A10 wins.
    • 40 is still the number! The Flyers are 13-0 when shooting 40 percent or better.
    • Richmond senior guard ShawnDre Jones was held to 1 point on 0-9 from the field. He was averaging nearly 17 points a game.
    • Flyers rank top 10 in the country in defensive efficiency.

    The Spiders shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 10% (2-20) from the three point line and 73.3% (11-15) from the free throw line. Richmond had 30 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, 1 block and 4 steals. They were led by senior forward TJ Cline who had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 36 minutes. Sophomore guard Khwan Fore had 19 points in 27 minutes.

    The Flyers shot 48.9% (23-47) from the field, 38.1% (8-21) from the three point line and 80.8% (21-26) from the charity stripe. Dayton had 31 rebounds, 10 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 9 steals. Leading the way for UD was senior guard Charles Cooke who had 17 points in 37 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Junior guard Darrell Davis scored 11 points in a game high 38 minutes. Sophomore forwards Ryan Mikesell and Xeyrius Williams each had 11 points. Mikesell grabbed 7 rebounds while Williams had 6. Senior forward Kendall Pollard struggled to stay on the floor as he was plagued by foul trouble. He managed 8 points and 6 rebounds in only 20 minutes.

    Richmond (11-7) (5-1 A10) will travel back home to take on George Mason in the Robins Center on Sunday, January 22nd at 1PM.

    Dayton (14-4) (5-1 A10) plays another home game Sunday, January 22nd against Saint Louis at 2PM.

    A10 Standings as of 1/19

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Noah Holley Bracketology: January 19, 2017 January 19, 2017 Noah Holley

    Past updates:

    (Key: ↑-moved up, ↓-moved down, italics-new team to bracket, *-automatic bid)

    EAST

    Buffalo

    1 Villanova* vs 16 LIU Brooklyn*/Texas Southern*
    8 TCU vs 9 Clemson↓

    Indianapolis

    5 Maryland↑ vs 12 Akron↑*
    4 Notre Dame vs 13 Valparaiso*

    Greenville

    6 Purdue↓ vs 11 Illinois State*
    3 North Carolina↑ vs 14 UNC Greensboro*

    Buffalo

    7 Xavier↓ vs 10 Arkansas
    2 Kentucky* vs 15 Maryland-Baltimore County*

    SOUTH

    Orlando

    1 Florida State* vs 16 Sam Houston State*
    8 Texas Tech vs 9 Cal↑

    Milwaukee

    5 Duke↓ vs 12 Miami↓/Marquette
    4 West Virginia↓ vs 13 Monmouth*

    Greenville

    6 Florida↓ vs 11 Nevada↑*
    3 Louisville vs 14 Georgia Southern*

    Sacramento

    7 Southern Cal↑ vs 10 Seton Hall↓
    2 Gonzaga* vs 15 North Dakota State*

    MIDWEST

    Tulsa

    1 Kansas* vs 16 NC Central*/UC Irvine*
    8 Virginia Tech vs 9 Northwestern

    Salt Lake City

    5 Cincinnati* vs 12 VCU↓/Kansas State
    4 Arizona↑ vs 13 New Mexico State*

    Salt Lake City

    6 South Carolina↑ vs 11 Middle Tennessee State*
    3 Oregon vs 14 Belmont*

    Milwaukee

    7 SMU vs 10 Michigan State
    2 Creighton vs 15 Winthrop↓*

    WEST

    Tulsa

    1 Baylor vs 16 Weber State*
    8 Indiana↑ vs 9 Dayton*

    Orlando

    5 Wisconsin↑ vs 12 Wichita State↓
    4 Virginia vs 13 Florida Gulf Coast*

    Indianapolis

    6 Saint Mary’s↑ vs 11 UNC Wilmington↑*
    3 Butler vs 14 Bucknell↑*

    Sacramento

    7 Minnesota↓ vs 10 Iowa State
    2 UCLA* vs 15 Harvard*

    LAST FOUR BYES
    Michigan State
    Seton Hall
    Iowa State
    Wichita State
    LAST FOUR IN
    VCU
    Marquette
    Miami
    Kansas State
    FIRST FOUR OUT
    Utah
    Georgia Tech
    Pittsburgh
    Houston
    NEXT FOUR OUT
    La Salle
    Rhode Island
    Wake Forest
    Georgia

     

  • Mid-Major Report: Illinois State Jumps Up to #3 After Big Win Over Wichita State January 18, 2017 Chris Walz

    College Basketball is so unpredictable. One day you’re on top of the world, the next you’re at the bottom of the totem pole. A weekend full of great games, outstanding performances and teams who surprised and disappointed. Here is the second edition of the weekly mid-major report…


    Power Rankings:

    Gonzaga (17-0, 5-0 WCC)

    After the 22-point victory over St. Mary’s Saturday, it’s safe to say this is arguably one of Mark Few’s best teams in his time at Spokane. The balance and chemistry of this group is scary and it showed in the blowout win over the Gaels. February 11th is circled on my calendar when the ‘Zags head down to for a true road game at St. Mary’s.  

    St. Mary’s (15-2, 5-1 WCC)

    Although the loss to Gonzaga wasn’t pretty, the Gaels still earned the number two spot in this week’s power rankings. This team prides themselves on the fundamentals and playing basketball the right way which will make them a threat come March.

      
    Illinois State (14-4, 6-0 MVC)

    The Redbirds came, they saw, they conquered in impressive fashion over Wichita State on Saturday night. Being the new leader in the Missouri Valley Conference, Illinois State has a legitimate chance of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.  

    New Mexico State (17-2, 4-0 WAC)

    Quite the weekend for the Aggies. Wins over Grand Canyon on Thursday and Cal St. Bakersfield on Saturday, gives New Mexico State the biggest jump in this week’s rankings. It just goes to show you that if you play well as a team, it’s tough for anyone to beat you as all Aggies starters average double-figures in points.  

    VCU (14-4, 4-1 A-10)

    The Rams went 1-1 this past week. On Wednesday, they beat George Washington by an impressive 30 points, but they suffered their first loss in nine games at Davidson. VCU will be a contender for the A-10 title.

    Wichita State (15-4, 5-1 MVC)

    For the first time since the end of the 2013 season, the Shockers are out of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference after losing at Illinois State. Make no mistake, Gregg Marshall will have this team compete for another conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth.

    Nevada (15-3, 4-1 MW)

    The Nevada Wolfpack may be the most underrated team in the country. They have wins over two Pac-12 teams in Oregon State and Washington. All five of their starters are averaging better than 12 points per contest. The Wolfpack are another potential 12 seed in the tournament that could make a deep run.

    Dayton (13-4, 4-1 A-10)

    The Flyers had a very unimpressive week. UD lost to a UMass team they should have easily beaten. However, they did take care of business against a very mediocre Duquesne squad. Just like VCU, Dayton will be in the race for the A-10 title.

    Just Missed the Cut: UNC Wilmington, Valparaiso, Middle Tennessee, Akron, Belmont


    Players of the Week:  

    Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga 
    Goss proved to the haters he is one of the best guards in college basketball. The junior led his team with 19 points and 6 assists in the win over St. Mary’s on Saturday. Who said you had to go to a power six conference to be one of the best?

    MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State
    If you haven’t seen this dude play, I’d highly recommend you get on that before the season ends. McIntosh put up 20 points in the victory over MVC rival Wichita State on Saturday. If the season ended today, McIntosh would be my pick for Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year.  

    Alec Peters, Valparaiso 
    After scoring 20 points in the win against Cleveland State on Monday, Peters is seven points away from breaking the Valparaiso career scoring record. Oh, and in the same game, he became the leading rebounder in the history of the program. Not a bad stretch of games for the senior.  


    Must Watch Mid-Major Match-ups:

    Thursday, January 19
    Richmond @ Dayton (7:00 PM ET, ESPNU)

    Saturday, January 21
    Fort Wayne @ South Dakota State (5:30 PM ET, ESPN3)
    Fresno State @ Nevada (6:00 PM ET, CBSSN)

    Tuesday, January 24
    Akron @ Western Michigan (7:00 PM ET, ESPN3)

  • Postgame: Flyers Bounce back with Big Win at Duquesne January 14, 2017 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – David Jablonski

    Dayton Flyers: 76  Duquesne Dukes: 57

    After an ugly performance at UMASS on Wednesday, the Dayton Flyers had to play a second game on the road in the same week. These are always tough weeks for any basketball team but they have been especially tough for the Flyers in recent years. They were looking to bounce back from this ugly performance and they definitely did. Dayton started the game hot as they took an early 12-4 lead over the Dukes. Dayton built on the lead and made it 21-6 with 11:20 left in the first half. The Dukes clawed back a bit but the Flyers dominated the first half. It was very uneventful but the Flyers had the ability to take a much bigger lead. Dayton missed 7 first half free throws and only shot 61.1% from the line in the half. Senior guard Scoochie Smith was limited to 6 minutes in the half because of foul trouble. Scooch runs this team so it was very surprising to see the Flyers playing so well with Scoochie getting limited minutes. The Flyers scored 17 seconds into the second half on two free throws from senior forward Kendall Pollard. Duquesne then cut the Flyer lead to 6 very quickly after a 9-0 run. Senior guard Charles Cooke hit a 3 on the next possession to extend it back to 9. Duquesne was able to cut it back to 6 on the next possession but that is the closest they’d get for the rest of the game. The Dukes cut it to 11 with a little over 6 minutes to go but the Flyers went on a 16-5 run over the next 5 minutes and slammed the door shut. With 7:27 left in the game, senior guard Kyle Davis drove the basket and kicked the ball out to the perimeter. After he did this, he landed awkwardly on his right ankle and had to be carried off the court into the locker room. Davis tweeted after the game that he would be back Thursday but Archie Miller seemed to contradict that in the post game interview. Add this to an already long list of injuries for the Flyers. This team is dangerous right now but if they were to get healthy, the A10 needs to watch out.

    By the Numbers: 

    • Flyers are 12-1 when three or more players score in double digits this season.
    • Dayton is 12-0 this season when shooting 40% or better.
    • Flyers forced 22 turnovers.
    • Coming into the game, the Dukes were the best rebounding team in the A10. Dayton outrebounded them 37-35
    • Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry picked up a technical foul at the 7:26 mark in the first half.

    Duquesne shot 44.2% (23-52) from the field, 14.3% (3-21) from the three point line and 47.1% (8-17) from the charity stripe. The Dukes had 35 rebounds, 11 assists, 22 turnovers, 1 block and 6 steals. Leading the way for Duquesne was freshman guard Mike Lewis II who had 17 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. Grad transfer guard Emile Blackman had 14 points in 33 minutes.

    Dayton shot 43.1% (25-58) from the field, 33.3% (8-24) from the three and 66.7% (18-27) from the free throw line. The Flyers had 37 rebounds, 15 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 12 steals. UD dominated bench points, 43-13, fast break points, 18-4 and points off turnovers, 27-4. Leading the way for Dayton was Charles Cooke who came off the bench for the second straight game. He had 19 points in 29 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams came off the bench to record a career high 18 points in 19 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 12 points in 23 minutes and Kendall Pollard had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes.

    The Dukes (9-9) (2-3 A10) head to Washington DC to take on George Washington Wednesday, January 18th at 7PM.

    The Flyers (13-4) (4-1 A10) host the Richmond Spiders on Thursday, January 19th at 7PM on ESPNU. Richmond is the only undefeated A10 team.

    A10 Standings as of 1/14

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Suffer First A10 Loss at UMASS January 11, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    UMASS Minutemen – 67  Dayton Flyers – 55

    The Dayton Flyers had not won a game at UMASS since February 2004. This streak would continue Wednesday night as the Flyers struggled to shoot the ball all night. The Minutemen took advantage and sent the Flyers home with a loss. Dayton senior guard Charles Cooke returned to action after missing 2 straight games. It was very noticeable, especially in the second half, that he wasn’t ready to play the minutes that he did. He was gassed. Dayton was able to take an early 6-2 lead but UMASS quickly evened the score up at 10. The Flyers would then take a 15-10 lead with 12:29 left. Over the next 8+ minutes, the Minutemen went on a 24-6 run to take control of the game 34-21. Dayton was able to cut the deficit to 7 but still trailed at the half. The Flyers started the second half on a 17-4 run to even the game at 38. UMASS countered the Flyers run with a 14-3 run of their own. This gave them a 52-41 lead with 7:32 left. Dayton would get within 7 with 1:39 left but they couldn’t get any closer than that. This game was built solely on runs for each team. Dayton didn’t have it Wednesday night. They seemed to struggle in all aspects of the game. There were guys out of place on defense constantly and  a lot of standing around on offense that led to bad shots. Dayton has to put this game behind them and get ready for Duquesne on Saturday.

    By the Numbers: 

    • Dayton is 1-4 on the season when shooting below 40%.
    • Cooke’s double digit streak ends at 17.
    • First time the Flyers have lost a second half all season.

    UMASS shot 41% (25-61) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three point line and 47.8% (11-23) from the charity stripe. The Minutemen had 44 rebounds, 16 assists, 17 turnovers, 7 blocks and 8 steals. They had a significant advantage in points in the paint 32-20. Leading the way for the Minutemen was freshman guard Luwane Pipkins who had 17 points in 32 minutes. Sophomore big man Rashaan Holloway had 14 points and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Freshman guard DeJon Jarreau had 13 points, 7 boards, 6 assists and 3 blocks in 22 minutes.

    Dayton shot 31.6% (18-57) from the field, 30% (6-20) from long distance and 59.1% (13-22) from the free throw line. They had 37 rebounds, 12 assists, 19 turnovers, 6 blocks and 14 steals. The Flyers were led by senior guard Kyle Davis who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Davis was the only player in double digits for the Flyers. Charles Cooke came off the bench and scored 9 points on 11 shots while turning the ball over 7 times in just 23 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams led the Flyers in rebounding with 10.

    The Minutemen (11-6) (1-3 A10) head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on the Rams on Sunday, January 15th at 2:30PM.

    The Flyers (12-4) (3-1 A10) head to Pittsburgh to take on the Dukes of Duquesne Saturday, January 14th at 12PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Mid-Major Report: Gonzaga-St. Mary’s headlines week ahead in a much anticipated WCC Match-Up January 11, 2017 Chris Walz

    Every Wednesday from now up until the final buzzer of the national championship, fellow College Pride Press writer Sean Bock and I will put together a weekly write-up of all big things going on in the Mid-Major conferences. This will include rankings and analysis of each team, players of the week, and must watch games. Here is the first edition of the Mid-Major Report…

    Power Rankings:

    Gonzaga (15-0, 3-0 WCC)

    As the only unbeaten team left in the country, the ‘Zags are the unanimous number one for this week’s rankings. With a nice road win over San Francisco and a potential cake-walk against Loyola Marymount on Thursday, St. Mary’s comes to Spokane Saturday in a much anticipated showdown of WCC powers.

    St. Mary’s (14-1, 4-0 WCC)

    Jock Landale is making his case for West Coast Conference Player of the Year. The 6-foot-11 junior put up 26 points against BYU big man Eric Mika and the Cougars in a 81-68 home win on Thursday. The Gaels are looking to steal the top spot in the WCC this coming Saturday as they travel north to play Gonzaga.

    VCU (13-3, 3-0 A-10)

    Will Wade and the Rams have been getting the last laugh so far this year. VCU is off to a 3-0 start in conference play with victories against George Mason and Duquesne on the road and a surprising Umass team in Richmond. Jequan Lewis has been the catalyst for this squad and keeps getting better as the season progresses.

    Wichita State (14-3, 4-0 MVC)

    Five studs in, Five studs out. The Shockers have no holes up and down the lineup. Greg Marshall’s group knows how to play smart and play great team basketball. Traveling to Bloomington-Normal to play Illinois State on Saturday holds implications in the MVC race.

    Dayton (12-3, 3-0 A-10)

    Dayton has been very impressive this year despite dealing with injuries. The Flyers lost potential Atlantic-10 Player of the Year, Josh Cunningham, early in the season due to a torn ligament in his left ankle. UD has beaten solid teams such as Alabama, Vanderbilt, and a Rhode Island quad that was many people’s pick to win the Atlantic-10 Conference. The Flyers have won five straight and look to continue that streak tonight when they take on UMass in Amherst.

    Illinois State (12-4, 4-0 MVC)

    The Redbirds are flying under the radar with their 12-4 record. ISU has been getting the job done with balanced scoring. Four players for the Redbirds are scoring in the double digits each game. Like Dayton, Illinois State has won five straight and they look to add to that tonight when they travel to Carbondale to take on Southern Illinois.

    Oakland (14-3, 4-0 Horizon)

    Oakland is a team with lots of potential that has a chance to make the tournament come March. They have been playing excellent basketball lately and have a chance to contend for the Horizon League crown. Junior Guard Martel Walker has been putting up a sensational 17.5 points per-game. He has led them to impressive wins over Georgia, and Valparaiso. The Grizzlies take on Detroit, Friday, at home.

    New Mexico State (15-2, 2-0 WAC)

    New Mexico State has one of the most balanced scoring attacks in all of college basketball. All five starters for the Aggies average double-figures. This balanced scoring has helped them to rattle off 13 straight victories after a 2-2 start. The Aggies take on Grand Canyon Thursday night at home.

    Just Missed the Cut: Boise State, BYU, IPFW, Nevada, UNC Wilmington

    Players of the Week:

    Jordan Caroline, Nevada

    In arguably the greatest comeback in college basketball history, Caroline went OFF for a game high 45 points including the game-winner in overtime against New Mexico on Saturday. The Wolfpack are a legit contender in the Mountain West Conference.

    Martez Walker, Oakland

    Walker is a matchup nightmare and showed why he could give Alec Peters a run for his money as the best player in the Horizon League. The junior guard gave Valparaiso fits Friday night as he scored 25 points while leading his team to a big time road victory.

    Jock Landale, St. Mary’s

    You’ll be hearing this name quite often over the course of this season. Landale is averaging 19.7 points and 10 rebounds a game in conference play including a 26 point, 9 rebounds and 6 assists performance in the victory over BYU last Thursday. The junior has a tall task ahead of him when he goes head-to-head with Gonzaga big men Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins on Saturday.

    Must Watch Mid-Major Match-ups:

    Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
    Dayton @ UMass (7 PM ET, CBS Sports Network)

    Saturday, January 14th
    VCU @ Davidson (2 PM ET, CBS Sports Network)
    Wichita St. @ Illinois St. (8 PM ET, ESPN2)
    #21 St. Mary’s @ #5 Gonzaga (10 PM ET, ESPN2)

    Monday, January 16th, 2017 
    Green Bay @ Valparaiso (8 PM ET, ESPN3)
    Monmouth @ Canisius (7 PM ET, ESPN3)

  • Postgame: Flyers Get Statement Win Against Rhode Island January 6, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 67  Rhode Island Rams: 64

    The Dayton Flyers were picked to win the Atlantic 10 this year. The Rhode Island Rams were picked second. This set up a huge early conference matchup that didn’t disappoint. The teams will meet a second time at Rhode Island later in the season. Dayton senior guard Charles Cooke missed a second straight game due to an injured wrist (shooting hand) and a bruised lower back. Rhode Island came ready to play as they took an early 7-0 lead. The Flyers couldn’t hit anything and it looked like the game was going to be very one sided. Dayton finally scored at the 16:24 mark as senior forward Kendall Pollard ran a fast break that ended in a layup. The Rams took a 19-9 lead with 8:57 left in the half. The Flyers then went on a 12-3 run over the next 5+ minutes to cut the deficit to 1. Rhode Island extended their lead a little bit but only took a 2 point lead into the half. The second half started out a bit different than the first. Dayton was able to get to the bucket time after time and took their first lead of the game, 32-31, with 17:35 to go. The Rams took a 49-44 lead with 10:10 to go. The Flyers started to turn things around after this. They would go on an 11-0 run to take a 55-49 lead. UD Arena was going nuts. Rhode Island cut the Flyer lead to 1 with 1:06 to play when EC Matthews hit a three ball. Dayton and Rhode Island traded a bucket and the Flyers led 65-64 with 18 seconds left. Dayton made the end of the game interesting when they missed 2 of their last 4 free throws but were able to come away with a big win in the Decibel Dungeon.

    By the Numbers:

    • The 2017 seniors picked up their 90th win. They are 7 shy of the school record for winningest class.
    • The Flyers have won 5 straight and 10 of its last 11.
    • 40 is the magic number! Flyers haven’t lost a game this year when shooting 40% or better.
    • Dayton has not lost a second half this season.

    Rhode Island shot 44% (22-50) from the field, 47.6% (10-21) from the three point line and 71.4% (10-14) from the free throw line. They had 30 rebounds, 19 assists, 18 turnovers, 5 blocks and 2 steals. The Rams were led by senior forward Kuran Iverson who had 14 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes. Junior guard and NBA prospect EC Matthews was held to 13 points, all in the second half, in 31 minutes. Junior guard Stanford Robinson chipped in 13 off the bench in 24 minutes.

    Dayton shot 46.9% (23-49) from the field, 33.3% (4-12) from the three point line and 65.4% (17-26) from the foul line. They had 31 rebounds, 13 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 9 steals. The Flyers had a significant advantage in points in the paint, 32-18, and fast break points, 14-3. Dayton was led by senior guard Scoochie Smith who had 21 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Kendall Pollard added 18 points in 31 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 10 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes.

    The Rams (10-5) (2-1 A10) head back home to take on La Salle on Thursday, January 12th at 7PM.

    The Flyers (12-3) (3-0 A10) hit the road Wednesday, January 11th to take on UMASS at 7PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: No Cooke, No Problem. Flyers Dominate St. Bonaventure on the Road January 3, 2017 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 90  St. Bonaventure Bonnies: 74

    The Dayton Flyers headed out to Olean, New York to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in one of the toughest places to play in the Atlantic 10. The Flyers were without their leading scorer and rebounder, senior guard Charles Cooke. Cooke took a nasty spill Friday against La Salle and was a game time decision. Junior guard Darrell Davis was also a game time decision because of a hamstring injury. He started in place of the injured Cooke. Both teams started this one out very ugly. They missed a combined 8 shots in the first 2 minutes of the game. The Bonnies opened up the scoring at the 18:16 mark when freshman forward Josh Ayeni hit an open 15 footer. The Flyers then went on a 10-2 run to take a 10-4 lead with 14:41 left in the half. With 7:54 left, Dayton trailed by one, 17-16, but the Bonnies got to the rim 3 straight times to go on a quick 6-0 run that forced Flyer coach Archie Miller to call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Flyers went on a 11-3 run of their own while hitting three 3-pointers in the span of 47 seconds to take a 27-26 lead with 3:43 left. Dayton took a 35-31 lead into the locker room. The Flyers were able to hold one of the best back courts in basketball, junior guards Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams, to only 12 points in the first half on 12 shots. Dayton started off the second half with a quick 3 point play by senior forward Kendall Pollard. Each team traded baskets for a little bit but the Flyers were able to pull away little by little. They took a double digit lead just a few minutes into the second half and would continue to have success as the Bonnies only got within 6 for the rest of the game. With 3:58 left in the game, St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt picked up a frustration technical foul. The Flyers would lead by as many as 18 in the second half.

    By the Numbers:

    • Flyers shot 69.2% (18-26) in the second half (7-11 from 3).
    • 80 is the magic number. Dayton has won 31 straight games when scoring 80+.
    • When the Flyers shoot 40% from the field, they are 10-0 on the season.

    St. Bonaventure shot 37.9% (25-66) from the field, 31.8% (7-22) from the three point line and 63% (17-27) from the free throw line. They had 40 rebounds, 12 assists, 9 turnovers, 6 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Bonnies was Jaylen Adams who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 39 minutes. Matt Mobley had 20 points in 39 minutes. Josh Ayeni had 12 points in 24 minutes and senior forward Denzel Gregg had 10 points, 9 boards and 5 blocks in 37 minutes.

    Dayton shot 51.8% (29-56) from the field, 60.9% (14-23) from the three and 72% (18-25) from the charity stripe. The Flyers had 35 rebounds, 18 assists, 12 turnovers, 6 blocks and 6 steals. Leading the way for UD was senior forward Kendall Pollard who scored 21 points in only 16 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 17 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 16 points, 7 assists and 5 assists in 37 minutes. Sophomore forwards Ryan Mikesell and Xeyrius Williams scored 16 and 14 respectively.

    The Bonnies (9-5) (1-1 A10) stay at home and take on George Mason Saturday, January 7th at 5PM.

    The Flyers (11-3) (2-0 A10) head back home for a huge A10 match up Friday, January 6th at 7PM against Rhode Island.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

     

  • Postgame: Flyers Open up A10 Play with Win over La Salle December 30, 2016 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 66  La Salle Explorers: 55

    The La Salle Explorers traveled to the University of Dayton to take on the Flyers in the first game of conference play for each team. The students are still on break but the Flyer Faithful still showed up to support the Flyers. Junior guard Darrell Davis was in street clothes on the sideline for the Flyers as he injured his hamstring earlier in the week. Senior guard Charles Cooke started after missing last game with an injured right wrist (shooting hand). Dayton started the scoring early, but the Explorers would hit a barrage of threes to keep themselves in the game. Their first five buckets came from behind the three point line. They were lighting it up. On the other side, the Flyers couldn’t buy a shot from three as they missed their first 5 three pointers. Early in the game, it was noticeable that Cooke was not 100%. He was really off with all of his shots and he kept shaking his hand but he was still able to finish the game with 13 points. With 9:19 left in the first half, the Explorers had a 20-15 lead. The Flyers started putting some good possessions together. They would go on a 19-3 run over the next 8 minutes to take a 34-23 lead. Dayton would take a halftime lead of 38-27. The Flyers were able to hold a double digit lead for the majority of the second half. Both teams struggled to shoot the ball in the second half which made Dayton’s halftime lead a very big deal. The Flyers pushed the lead to 17 with 4:50 to go. The Explorers then went on a quick 8-0 run over the next 1:10 to make the game 61-52 but that was the closest they would get for the rest of the game. With 3:13 to go, Charles Cooke drove the lane and was fouled. He landed awkwardly on his tailbone and was in excruciating pain. He would not return for the rest of the game. His availability is unknown going forward.

    By the Numbers

    • La Salle was averaging a whopping 84 points a game and only 10.8 turnovers on the season but the Flyers held them to 55 points and forced 20 turnovers.
    • Senior guard Scoochie Smith became the 6th Flyer to have 1000 points and 400 assists.
    • Charles Cooke has scored in double digits every game this year.

    La Salle shot 36% (18-50) from the field, 36% (9-25) from the three point line and 71.4% (10-14) from the free throw line. They had 36 rebounds, 12 assists, 20 turnovers, 1 block and 5 steals. The Explorers were led by sophomore guard Pookie Powell who had 23 points and 7 rebounds in 38 minutes. Junior guard/forward BJ Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. Senior guard Jordan Price was averaging 17.2 points a game but the Flyers were able to hold him to a measly 4 points on 7 shots. He also had 7 turnovers.

    Dayton shot 45.3% (24-53) from the field, 13.6% (3-22) from the three point line and 48.4% (15-31) from the charity stripe. They had 35 rebounds, 17 assists, 10 turnovers, 2 blocks and 10 steals. The Flyers dominated points in the paint 42-16. Leading the way for UD was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 20 points in 35 minutes. Cooke was able to get 13 points with a bum wrist but on 12 shots. He also led the team with 8 rebounds. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 12 points and 5 assists in 36 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes.

    La Salle (6-5) (0-1 A10) hosts Saint Louis Wednesday, January 4th at 7PM.

    Dayton (10-3) (1-0 A10) heads to Olean, New York to take on St. Bonaventure Tuesday, January 3rd at 8PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Close Out Non-Conference Slate with Drubbing of VMI December 23, 2016 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 92  Virginia Military Institute Keydets: 56

    The Dayton Flyers hosted the VMI Keydets Friday night in front of a nearly sold at UD Arena. Senior guard Charles Cooke did not play because of a wrist injury. This was just a precautionary measure. Head Coach Archie Miller said after the game that the X-rays and MRI on Cooke were negative and he is day to day going forward. He injured it in the first half of the Vanderbilt game Wednesday night. The Flyers don’t play another game for a week so they wanted to give Cooke a little bit of time to heal. Dayton opened up the game on an 8-2 run in the first 3+ minutes but the Keydets came back within the next couple minutes to make the game 11-9 with 15:01 left in the first half. This is the closest that VMI got for the rest of the game. The Flyers then went on a 26-10 run over the next 10 minutes to make it 37-19 with 4:35 to go in the half. Dayton took a 47-29 lead into the locker room. The Flyers shot 61.5% in the first half while holding the Keydets to only 37.5%. At the 6:14 mark of the half, senior guard Scoochie Smith became the 46th member of the 1,000 point club with a free throw. Dayton started the second half on an 11-2 run and the rout was on. The Flyers outscored the Keydets in the second half 45-27. Dayton’s senior class has 87 wins and are only 10 away from the school record. The Flyers tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with 15.

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    The Keydets shot 38.3% (18-47) from the field, 33.3% (8-24) from the three point line and 75% (12-16) from the free throw line. They had 21 rebounds, 10 assists, 16 turnovers, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for VMI was sophomore guard Adrian Rich who had 15 points in 33 minutes. Senior guard Julian Eleby chipped in 11 points in 25 minutes and senior guard QJ Peterson added 10 points in 37 minutes.

    The Flyers shot 60.7% (34-56) from the field, 55.6% (15-27) from the three point line and 69.2% (9-13) from the charity stripe. They had 37 rebounds, 26 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 9 steals. Dayton dominated bench points 39-10, fast break points 15-3, points off turnovers 22-10 and points in the paint 32-16. The Flyers were led by sophomore forward Sam Miller who had 15 points (career high) in 16 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 14 points in 29 minutes. Junior guard Darrell Davis had 11 points and 4 assists in 26 minutes. Sophomore forward Ryan Mikesell chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes and Scoochie Smith filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 27 minutes.

    VMI (3-8) (0-0 Southern) will start conference play at ETSU Saturday, December 31st at 2PM.

    Dayton (9-3) (0-0 A10) will start conference play Friday, December 30th at home against LaSalle at 6PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Mikesell’s Career Game Powers Flyers Past Vanderbilt December 22, 2016 Alex Handorf

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    Dayton Flyers: 68  Vanderbilt Commodores: 63

    Ryan Mikesell posted his first career double double Wednesday night as the Flyers took care of the struggling Commodores. Dayton opened up the game strong as they took an early 7-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game. Vanderbilt was able to fight back to get within one with 8:24 left in the first half. Halfway through the half, Vanderbilt went to a zone that forced Dayton to take a bunch of threes that were not falling. During this span, Dayton missed 8 straight field goals. The Flyers really struggled to do anything right in the half court after the Commodores made this switch. Vanderbilt was able to even the score up at 19 after a made three from junior guard Matthew Fisher-Davis. The Commodores took a 23-21 lead into the half thanks to a buzzer beater by freshman guard Payton Willis. The start of the second half was very similar to the start of the first half for the Flyers. They started the half on a 8-0 run to take a 29-23 lead just minutes into the second half. Surprisingly, Vanderbilt went away from their zone defense after this. Neither team was able to separate themselves from each other until the 5:41 mark when the Flyers took a 10 point lead on a Mikesell fast break layup. Vanderbilt then answered immediately with a Fisher-Davis three to cut it back to 7. Dayton scored 4 straight to stretch the lead to 11 with 2:33 left. Vanderbilt was able to cut the lead to 4 twice late in the game, but that’s the closest they would get. The key to this victory for the Flyers was holding senior forward Luke Kornet in check. He only scored 8 points on 12 shots. He missed two dunks and seemed to look out of sorts the entire game. He wasn’t able to get anything going. This was Dayton’s 6th straight win against an SEC school.

    Vanderbilt shot 35.4% (23-65) from the field, 29% (9-31) from the three point line and 100% (8-8) from the foul line. They had 44 rebounds, 13 assists, 13 turnovers, 7 blocks and 3 steals. Leading the way for the Commodores was Matthew Fisher-Davis with 25 points in 29 minutes. Senior guard Nolan Cressler came off the bench and scored 11 points in 18 minutes. Junior guard Riley LaChance, who was leading the country in 3-point percentage coming into the game, went 0-4 from three and had 0 points.

    Dayton shot 39% (23-59) from the field, 31.8% (7-22) from the three point line and 78.9% (15-19) from the free throw line. They had 38 rebounds, 17 assists, 9 turnovers, 3 blocks and 6 steals. Senior guard Charles Cooke led the Flyers with 19 points and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. He has scored in double digits in all 11 games this year. Senior forward Kendall Pollard had 13 points in 29 minutes. Sophomore forward Ryan Mikesell had 12 points and 11 rebounds (career high) in 29 minutes.

    Vanderbilt (6-6) (0-0 SEC) starts SEC play Thursday, December 29th at LSU at 8PM.

    Dayton (8-3) (0-0 A10) has a quick turnaround as they face VMI at home Friday at 7PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • 2017 NBA Draft Board/Top 100 Prospects: End of 2016 Edition December 22, 2016 Brett Siegel

    As we enter into the final weeks of 2016 and into conference play in College Basketball, NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects. The year of the freshmen continue as players around the country move into and out of the Top 100 list! Check out the list and see who he has as the Top 100 CBB players in the country!

     

    Conference play is right around the corner, which means it is time to see who is and who isn’t ready for the draft! The top 20 continue to make a name for themselves as others begin their journey and establish their position on my Top 100 list! From all of us at College Pride Press, we wish everyone a Happy Holidays and New Year! Thanks for making this past year fantastic for checking us out and giving feedback!

     

     

    Ranking Name Position School/Country Year/Age Height Weight
    1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’5″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (1) 2 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/19 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (1) 3 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’8″ 203 lbs
    ↑ (6) 4 Malik Monk PG/SG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    5 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 204 lbs
    6 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    7 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (4) 8 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    ↑ (2) 9 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’4″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (4) 10 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’10” 240 lbs
    ↓ (3) 11 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/19 6’11” 205 lbs
    ↓ (3) 12 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’11” 230 lbs
    13 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (2) 14 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’8″ 230 lbs
    15 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (5) 16 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
    17 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
    ↑ (1) 18 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (1) 19 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (2) 20 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
    ↑ (12) 21 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/23 6’7″ 214 lbs
    ↑ (27) 22 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
    ↑ (32) 23 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↓ (8) 24 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    ↑ (5) 25 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (8) 26 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’11” 227 lbs
    ↑ (2) 27 Thomas Bryant PF/C INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    ↓ (5) 28 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (5) 29 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↑ (7) 30 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (5) 31 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (5) 32 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (8) 33 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (2) 34 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (8) 36 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↓ (5) 37 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/21 6’5″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (7) 38 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (5) 39 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/22 6’9″ 197 lbs
    40 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (2) 41 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (3) 42 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    43 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (7) 44 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    NEW 45 Robert Williams PF/C TEXAS A&M Freshman/19 6’9″ 237 lbs
    ↑ (19) 46 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    ↓ (1) 47 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (4) 48 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (25) 49 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (3) 50 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/21 7’1″ 220 lbs
    NEW 51 Isaac Hamilton SG UCLA Senior/22 6’5″ 195 lbs
    52 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
    NEW 53 Lagerald Vick SG KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’5″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (6) 54 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (17) 55 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    ↑ (4) 56 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↑ (6) 57 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    ↑ (12) 58 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↑ (7) 59 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
    ↓ (19) 60 Wenyen Gabriel SF/PF KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’9″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (19) 61 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
    NEW 62 L.J. Peak SF GEORGETOWN Junior/20 6’5″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (7) 63 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    ↓ (7) 64 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
    ↓ (18) 65 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
    ↑ (11) 66 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/20 6’1″ 177 lbs
    NEW 67 Bryce Alford PG/SG UCLA Senior/21 6’3″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (18) 68 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
    NEW 69 Charles Cooke SG DAYTON Senior/22 6’5″ 196 lbs
    ↑ (20) 70 Manu Lecomte PG BAYLOR Junior/21 5’11” 170 lbs
    NEW 71 Bonzie Colson PF NOTRE DAME Junior/20 6’5″ 220 lbs
    NEW 72 Dedric Lawson SF MEMPHIS Sophomore/19 6’8″ 225lbs
    ↓ (19) 73 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
    NEW 74 Aaron Holiday PG UCLA Sophomore/20 6’1″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (17) 75 Moses Kingsley PF/C ARKANSAS Senior/22 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (14) 76 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/21 6’6″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (21) 77 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (20) 78 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (8) 79 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (7) 80 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (20) 81 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
    ↓ (9) 82 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↓ (16) 83 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (9) 84 Diego Flaccadori SG ITALY INTL/20 6’5″ 172 lbs
    ↓ (6) 85 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (13) 86 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↑ (13) 87 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
    NEW 88 Marcus Keene PG CENTRAL MICHIGAN Junior/20 5’9″ 175 lbs
    ↓ (21) 89 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (26) 90 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (8) 91 Vinny Okouo C CONGO INTL/19 7’2″ 240 lbs
    NEW 92 Donovan Mitchell PG/SG LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’3″ 210 lbs
    ↓ (17) 93 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
    ↓ (1) 93 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (13) 94 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (13) 95 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (10) 96 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (1) 97 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    ↓ (20) 98 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (5) 99 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
    NEW 100 Tony Bradley C UNC Freshman/19 6’10” 248 lbs
    Players By Conference ACC: 24 players Big-12: 10 players Big-10: 11 players PAC-12: 14 players SEC: 9 players Other: 32 players
    Players By Year Freshmen: 25 players Sophomores: 19 players Juniors: 17 players Seniors: 23 players International: 16 players
  • Postgame: Illinois State-81 Saint Joseph’s-72 December 19, 2016 Chris Walz

              What seemed like a winnable game for the Saint Joseph’s Hawks quickly became an absolute nightmare. The Hawks only led once during the whole game. The score at that time was 4-3.  
              In the first half St. Joe’s shot an ugly 36.0% (9-25) from the floor and 30.8% (4-13) from 3-point land. The second of those numbers is especially cringe worthy considering that much of the SJU scoring usually comes from downtown. In contrast, Illinois State shot above 50% from the floor and from 3-point range. This allowed them to open up and sustain a double digit lead. At the end of the first half Illinois State led 41-27.
              The second half was not much better for the Hawks. They did shoot the ball better, but the deficit they accrued in the first half was just too much. Senior Captain Brendan Casper provided an abrupt spark off of the bench shooting 4-5 from the floor and scoring a total of 9 points. St. Joe’s was able to bring the game within 5 points at one time, but Illinois State was able to subdue the comeback behind their stud Point Guard Paris Lee. Shavar Newkirk was business as usual scoring 21 points; 10 of which came from the charity stripe. He just was not able to carry everyone else. Lamarr Kimble had a very lackluster performance only scoring a total of 9 points.
              If you are ever taking a drive in central Illinois through thousands of acres of cornfields, stop in Bloomington and watch a basketball game. The Illinois State Redbirds are a good team that many expect to win the Missouri Valley Conference and possibly upset a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Redbirds are led by Maywood, IL native, Paris Lee. He is a phenomenal scorer and great defender. He is very fun to watch.
              Saint Joseph’s fell to a record of 5-5 while Illinois State improved to a solid 6-3. SJU looks to bounce back at home against the Lafayette Leopards on December 22nd, while the Redbirds look to improve against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in Honolulu on December 23rd.   

  • Postgame: Flyers Rally Late, Fall to Northwestern December 18, 2016 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – David Jablonski

    Northwestern Wildcats: 67  Dayton Flyers: 64

    This game was a homecoming of sorts for seniors Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard who each played high school basketball in Chicago. Their homecoming didn’t go as planned in the Chicago Legends Classic at the United Center against Northwestern. The Flyers started the game ice cold on offense. They missed their first 8 shots and let Northwestern take an 11-0 lead in the first 4 minutes of the game. Dayton scored 5 straight after that to make it 11-5 with 14:14 left in the half but it would only get uglier after that. The Flyers would only score 12 more points the rest of the half. Northwestern would go on a 29-12 run over the next 14 minutes to take a 40-17 lead into the half. The 17 first half points were a season low for the Flyers. Dayton shot 14.3% (4-28) in the first half while the Wildcats shot 51.7% (15-29). The Flyers have been susceptible to giving up early leads this season. They always seem to be clawing back and there was no real difference in this game. Dayton came out very flat and it was obvious. Northwestern came out ready to play and that really hurt the Flyers. To start the second half, the Flyers hit a bucket 10 seconds in and it made them seem ready to play finally. For the first 10+ minutes of the second half, there was a lot of back and forth. Northwestern couldn’t extend their lead and Dayton couldn’t really cut into it. The Flyers then went on a 15-1 run to cut the Northwestern lead to 8, 56-48 with 5:43 to go. Dayton would cut it to four, five different times but couldn’t get over the hump. They cut the lead to 3 with 8 seconds left and again with 2 seconds left but that is all they could manage. The second half was switched in terms of which team was dominant. Dayton shot 51.9% (14-27) in the half and Northwestern shot 27.3% (6-22) from the field. This was definitely a tale of two halves for each team, but Dayton couldn’t quite overcome the huge hole they dug themselves.

    For the game, Northwestern shot 41.2% (21-51) from the field, 33.3% (8-24) from the three and 65.4% (17-26) from the free throw line. They had 44 rebounds, 14 assists, 14 turnovers, 6 blocks and 4 steals. The Wildcats were led by senior guard/forward Sanjay Lumpkin who had 14 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes. Junior guard Bryant McIntosh had 13 points but 8 turnovers. Junior guard/forward Scottie Lindsey and senior forward Nathan Taphorn each added 11 points.

    Dayton shot 32.7% (18-55) from the field, 36% (9-25) from the three point line and 73.1% (19-26) from the charity stripe. They had 30 rebounds, 11 assists, 9 turnovers, 4 blocks and 11 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was senior guard Scoochie Smith who had 18 points and 6 steals in 30 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 12 points in 33 minutes.

    Northwestern (9-2) (0-0 B1G) will head back home to Evanston, Illinois to take on IUPUI Tuesday, December 20th at 7PM.

    Dayton (7-3) (0-0 A10) will head back home to take on Vanderbilt Wednesday, December 21st at 7PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Defense Propels Them to Win Over East Tennessee State December 12, 2016 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

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    Dayton Flyers: 75  East Tennessee State Buccaneers: 61

    East Tennessee State traveled up to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Flyers Saturday. They ran into a team that has been on a roll and it definitely showed. In front of 13,000+ the Flyers took an early 11-5 advantage. The Buccaneers were able to pull even at 13 until Dayton went on a 10-2 run to push the lead to 23-15. The Flyers would take a lead as big as 15 in the first half before taking a 37-25 lead into the locker room. ETSU was held to just 32.3% from the field in the first half and only attempted 2 free throws. Dayton shot 48.4% from the field in the first half. The Flyers would open up the second half on a 14-4 run that put them up 51-29. This pretty much put the game away with 13:25 left to go. ETSU was able to get the lead down to 14 in the second half but it was much too little too late. The story of the night was the defensive effort by Dayton senior guard Kyle Davis who shut down TJ Cromer of ETSU. Cromer averaged almost 19 points a game this season and hadn’t scored under 10 in any game this year. He also has shot 44% from the field this season. Cromer was held to just 4 points on 11 shots against the Flyers. He shot 9% from the field and turned the ball over 3 times. I’ve always said that Kyle Davis is one of the best defenders in the country and he continues to impress.

    The Buccaneers shot 36.4% (20-55) from the field, 38.9% (7-18) from the three point line and 73.7% (14-19) from the free throw line. They had 33 rebounds, 15 assists, 18 turnovers, 2 blocks and 6 steals. East Tennessee State was led by junior guard Desonta Bradford who scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Junior forward David Burrell came off the bench and scored 12 points in 20 minutes.

    The Flyers shot 50% (30-60) from the field, 16.7% (3-18) from the three and 66.7% (12-18) from the charity stripe. They had 39 rebounds, 16 assists, 13 turnovers, 9 blocks and 7 steals. Dayton dominated points in the paint 50-24 and fast break points 23-7. The Flyers were led by senior guard Charles Cooke who had 24 points and 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. In his first start of the season, senior forward Kendall Pollard notched his first double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes.

    ETSU (7-2) (0-0 Southern) heads to Starkville, Mississippi to take on Mississippi State Wednesday, December 14th at 8PM.

    Dayton (7-2) (0-0 A10) takes a week off because of finals. They will head to Chicago Saturday, December 17th to take on Northwestern in the State Farm Chicago Legends Classic. Game time is 7PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • The Most Under the Radar Guard in the Country December 8, 2016 Chris Walz

              Shavar Newkirk is the most under the radar guard in the country. Not many college basketball fanatics have heard of him outside of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Newkirk is a deadly shooter from downtown that can also get to the rim and make crazy finishes. He has quick reflexes, good vision, and deceptive speed. He is a joy to watch. In his first two years on hawk hill he did not get a lot of playing time which served him well. He was able to take time and learn from veteran guards such as Aaron Brown. It has really paid dividends this year. 
              Through the first seven games of the season Newkirk averaged 20.3 points per game, 4 rebounds per game, and 5 assists per game. He also is shooting 48% from 3-point land which is good for 30th in the country. Newkirk accounts for almost ⅓ of Saint Joseph’s points per game. He is the most improved player in the country. In the 2015-16 season, Newkirk averaged 8.0 points per game and shot 30% from downtown.

              Along with having surprisingly impressive numbers, Shavar Newkirk has stepped up into a leadership position. He is a silent leader. He never says much but he leads by example. Sophomore guard Lamarr Kimble has thrived under Newkirk’s leadership. Kimble is averaging 14 points per game which is up from 6 points from the previous year. Kimble has become a consistent shooter just like Newkirk. The two make up one of the best backcourts in an excellent Atlantic Ten Conference.

              This year is a down year for the Saint Joseph’s Hawks but not for Shavar Newkirk. Shavar Newkirk is a fun player to watch and a great scorer. He is the most improved player in the country and will continue to improve as the season goes on. If he continues to perform at such a high level he will definitely be on an NBA roster come the 2018-19 season.        

  • Postgame: Kendall Pollard Makes Season Debut as Flyers Dispatch Winthrop December 5, 2016 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit: David Jablonski

    Dayton Flyers: 83  Winthrop Eagles: 67

    The Dayton Flyers hosted the Winthrop Eagles on Saturday, December 3rd in front of a nearly sold out crowd. It was announced before the game that senior forward Kendall Pollard would make his long awaited 2016 debut and it did not disappoint. Pollard entered the game at the 13:49 mark in the first half and the crowd erupted!

    The Flyers opened the game on a 14-5 run in the first 5+ minutes of the game. They are starting to set the tone for games recently. The Eagles erased this deficit over the next 5 minutes and would tie the game with 9:39 left in the half. After Winthrop took a 24-23 lead on a three pointer by senior guard Keon Johnson, the Flyers would finish the half on a 10-3 run to take a 33-27 lead into the locker room. The second half started fairly slow for each team. Neither team could get a solid lead in the first 7 minutes. Dayton would then go on a 10-2 run over the next 2 minutes to take an 11 point lead, 53-42. Winthrop battled back to make it a 5 point game, 57-52 with 8:39 left. The Flyers would then put the pedal to the metal and go on a 10-0 run and never look back. The lead would get as big as 18 before the Flyers won by 16. Pollard sparked Dayton in the second half. He scored all 12 of his points in the half in only 13 minutes. He doesn’t quite look like his old self, but he will get there soon enough. During a second half scuffle, junior forward Xavier Cooks of Winthrop and sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams of the Flyers each picked up a technical foul.

    The Eagles shot 41.4% (24-58) from the field, 28.6% (8-28) from the three point line and 78.6% (11-14) from the free throw line. Winthrop snagged 27 rebounds and had 10 assists, 15 turnovers, 6 blocks and 5 steals. The Eagles were led by Keon Johnson who had 24 points on 18 shots in 37 minutes. Xavier Cooks managed 14 points and 4 rebounds in only 22 minutes because of foul trouble. Junior guard Anders Broman came off the bench and had 12 points in 25 minutes.

    The Flyers shot 51.6% (32-62) from the field, 28.6% (4-14) from three and 60% (15-25) from the line. Dayton dominated the boards with 45. They had 13 assists, 15 turnovers, 4 blocks and 8 steals. They also dominated the paint 54-28 and fast break points 14-0. The Flyers were led by senior guard Charles Cooke who had 20 points and 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 29 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes.

    Winthrop (4-3) (0-0 Big South) heads back home to take on Greensboro College Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30PM.

    Dayton (5-2) (0-0 A10) stays at home to take on Saint Joseph’s College (IND.) Tuesday, December 6th at 7PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Flyers Take 2 of 3 in Wooden Legacy November 28, 2016 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – Ron Thaman

    The Dayton Flyers headed out west for another early season tournament. The Flyers normally fare pretty well in these early season tournaments but without major pieces Josh Cunningham and Kendall Pollard, they struggled a bit.

    Nebraska Cornhuskers: 80  Dayton Flyers: 78

    Dayton came into this game with a possibility of a second round matchup against a top 25 team UCLA. They would have to beat Nebraska which they ultimately failed to do. They dug themselves into another early hole as Nebraska started the game on a 17-5 run in the first 6 minutes of the game. An early hole means that the Flyers would have to claw back to have any chance in this game. Dayton was able to get back into this game as they tied it at 26 with 5:13 left in the first half. Nebraska would finish the half on a 14-5 run and take a 40-31 lead into the locker room. The Cornhuskers built on that halftime lead and would lead by as much as 13 with 9:43 left in the game. The Flyers continued to fight and would take their first lead on a Scoochie Smith layup with 16 seconds to go. It was 78-77 when Nebraska sophomore guard Glynn Watson Jr. drove the lane and was fouled with 9 seconds to go. He would hit both free throws and they would take a 79-78 lead. Scoochie drove the lane for a second straight possession but missed the contested layup this time. Nebraska would make a free throw on the other end and the Flyers wouldn’t get another shot off.

    The Cornhuskers would shoot a season high 56.9% (29-51) from the field, 37.5% (6-16) from the three and 66.7% (16-24) from the line. They had 33 rebounds, 11 assists, 15 turnovers, 5 blocks and 5 steals. Half of their points were scored in the paint. Nebraska was led by Glynn Watson Jr. who scored 20 points in 31 minutes. Sophomore forward Ed Morrow notched a double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. Senior guard Tai Webster chipped in 16 points in 27 minutes and junior guard Anton Gill came off the bench and scored 10 in 23 minutes.

    The Flyers shot 38.1% (24-63) from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from three and 71.4% (20-28) from the charity stripe. They had 37 rebounds, 12 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 5 steals. Dayton was led by senior guard Charles Cooke who scored 17 points and had 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. Sophomore forward Sam Miller had 11 points in 18 minutes and sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and scored 15 points and had 9 rebounds (both career highs) in 27 minutes.

    Dayton Flyers: 84  Portland Pilots: 74

    The Flyers finally had a game where they didn’t get down big early. They were able to start the game on a 16-6 run. Dayton extended the lead to 17 with 6:20 left in the first half but Portland closed the gap late in the half. Dayton would take a 38-31 lead into the half. The Pilots would cut the lead to 3 in the first minute of the half but would never get any closer. The Flyers had their biggest lead of the half at 15 with 38 seconds to go.

    Portland shot 40% (22-55) from the field, 38.9% (7-18) from the three point line and 95.8% (23-24) from the free throw line. They had 34 rebounds, 9 assists, 18 turnovers, 2 blocks and 6 steals. The Pilots were led by senior guard Alec Wintering who scored 31 points and had 8 assists and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. Sophomore guard Jazz Johnson and junior forward Gabe Taylor each added 17 points while playing 40 minutes.

    Dayton shot 55.4% (31-56) from the field, 45.5% (10-22) from the three and 70.6% (12-17) from the line. They had 27 rebounds, 19 assists, 16 turnovers, 6 blocks and 7 steals. The Flyers were led by Charles Cooke who had 20 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Scoochie Smith added 17 points and 7 assists in 32 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and had 14 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Sam Miller had 10 points in 21 minutes.

    Dayton Flyers: 64  New Mexico Lobos: 57

    For a second straight game, the Flyers would start hot. They started the game on an 11-1 run in the first 5 minutes of the game. Dayton would maintain a lead of at least 6 for the rest of the half. Late in the first half, Charles Cooke seemed to slip on the floor and possibly hurt his groin. He headed to the locker room very gingerly and all of the Flyers fans were very uneasy with all of the other injuries that have already occurred this season. Cooke would thankfully return in the second half. The Flyers and Lobos would battle in the second half. Neither team could take any sort of commanding lead. The Flyers would go up 10 with 5 minutes to go but the Lobos quickly cut it to 3. With a minute left, New Mexico senior forward Tim Williams made a layup to give them their first lead of the game, 57-56. Dayton would then finish the game on an 8-0 run and leave Anaheim with a fairly successful trip.

    The Lobos shot 40.8% (20-49) from the field, 50% (7-14) from the three and 76.9% (10-13) from the charity stripe. They had 33 rebounds, 11 assists, 16 turnovers, 2 blocks and 3 steals. New Mexico was led by junior guard Elijah Brown and Tim Williams who each had 16 points and 5 rebounds in 32 and ...

  • Postgame: Flyers Late Comeback Falls Short Against (17)Saint Mary’s November 22, 2016 Alex Handorf

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    (17)Saint Mary’s Gaels: 61  Dayton Flyers: 57

    The Saint Mary’s Gaels made a cross country trip to take on the Dayton Flyers on Saturday. This was only the second meeting between the teams with the Flyers winning the first. Kendall Pollard sat for the third straight game because of a thigh contusion. In front of an almost sold out crowd, Saint Mary’s came out firing on all cylinders to take an early 6-1 lead but the Flyers answered quickly. After some back and forth action, the Gaels had a 19-16 lead with 9:30 left in the half. Saint Mary’s then went on a 13-2 run over the next 5 minutes to take a 32-18 lead. They would lead at the half 39-26. Most of the first half looked pretty ugly for the Flyers. They were giving up tons of offensive rebounds which led to second chance after second chance. To start the second half, Dayton was getting stop after stop but couldn’t convert on the offensive end. Saint Mary’s took a 20 point lead when junior forward Calvin Hermanson drilled a 3. A lot of people started heading for the exits after this. The Flyers would finish the game on a 23-7 run and at one point had a chance to tie the game with 15 seconds to go. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams stole the ball in front of the Flyers bench. He attempted to drive the lane but was called for a charge. The Flyers would foul junior guard Emmett Naar, who nailed two free throws to put the Gaels up 4 with 7 seconds to go. Dayton showed that they can compete with top 25 teams without Kendall Pollard and Josh Cunningham which was a great thing to see. They showed a lot of resilience with the late comeback. After the game, Head Coach Archie Miller gave an update on Josh Cunningham. He said that he would be very surprised to see Cunningham play another game for the Flyers this year.

    Saint Mary’s shot 37.7% (20-53) from the field, 30.8% (8-26) from the three point line and 81.3% (13-16) from the foul line. The Gaels had 38 rebounds, 12 of which were offensive, 16 assists, 13 turnovers, 2 blocks and 3 steals. They were led by Calvin Hermanson who had 16 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Junior big man Jock Landale had 15 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Dayton shot 34% (16-47) from the field, 27.3% (6-22) from three and 79.2% (19-24) from the charity stripe. The Flyers had 31 rebounds but only managed 5 assists to 12 turnovers. They also had 2 blocks and 6 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was senior guard Charles Cooke who had 19 points and 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith chipped in 16 points and also had 3 of the 5 assists for the Flyers in 36 minutes.

    The Gaels (3-0) (0-0 WCC) head back home to take on San Jose State Tuesday, November 22nd at 7PM.

    The Flyers (2-1) (0-0 A10) will head out to Anaheim to participate in the Wooden Legacy Tournament. Their first game is Thursday, November 24th at 8:30PM against Nebraska.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • CPP’s College Basketball Week 2 Awards November 21, 2016 Mark Stouffer

    Well, well, well, not a bad first full week of college basketball.

    In the first week we saw many games worthy of a February/March feel, with late game dramatics, team reaching deep into their depth, and great individual performances

    And this is all before Thanksgiving, with preseason tournaments like Maui and Battle 4 Atlantis still to play. This week is going to be great.

    So without further ado, the awards for this week of College Basketball:

    Game of the Week

    Kansas 77, Duke 75 (5 votes)

    Really, guys? You’re going to make me, a Duke fan, write about this game?

    Oh wait, I voted for this game too. Never mind.

    The jet-lagged Jayhawks and short-handed Blue Devils played a fantastic game in Madison Square Garden, both teams leaving nothing in the tank. Both teams had stellar individual performances, with Kansas being led by Frank Mason’s 21 and Duke by Luke Kennard’s 22.

    Both teams overcame significant foul trouble to put on excellent displays of basketball, with Duke taking the lead early, Kansas roaring back for their own double digit lead, and Duke rallying back to tie.

    As for the ending?

    Well, you’ll just have to read on to our Moment of the Week.

    Others receiving votes: Xavier 83, Missouri 82 (2 votes), Maryland 76, Georgetown 75 (1 vote)

    Team of the Week

    Kansas (3 votes)

    This week could not have gone much better for Kansas.

    After a brutal loss to Indiana in Hawaii, the Jayhawks bounced back and took down the Blue Devils in a thriller in New York. The Jayhawks have established their identity, as there might not be a better backcourt than Frank Mason and Devonte Graham. And after a poor start, Josh Jackson has looked like the stud freshman he is.

    But to top it all off, on Friday, Kansas took down Siena 86-65, giving Bill Self a record 207th win at Allen Fieldhouse.

    Self’s record at home is 207-9. Wow.

    Others receiving votes: Creighton (2 votes), Michigan (2 votes), Duke (1 vote)

    Coach of the Week

    Greg McDermott, Creighton (7 votes)

    Three major conference opponents in one week. One in the Top 10, one with two five star freshmen.

    To many, that is a mountain.

    For Creighton, it’s a bump on the road.

    After three years of struggles following the departure of Greg’s son, national player of the year Doug McDermott, the Blue-jays are back and are ready to challenge the best in college basketball.

    Creighton showed its versatility, on Tuesday by beating #9 Wisconsin 79-67 in a defensive showcase, holding Wisconsin to 41% shooting. Then on Sunday they beat NC State 112-94, shooting 61% and having seven players scoring double digits. In between they took down Washington State 103-77 in a game that could have been a trap.

    That is a testament to some phenomenal coaching, and Greg McDermott has his guys ready for March.

    Others receiving votes: John Beilein, Michigan (1 vote)

    Freshman of the Week

    Malik Monk, Kentucky (4 votes)

    Here’s a name we should all be getting familiar with.

    Against Michigan State on Tuesday, Monk shredded the Spartans for 23 points, including 7 threes in the 69-48 win. Considering one of the big concerns for this Wildcat team was three-point shooting, Monk erased a lot of doubts for this team.

    Against Duquesne, Monk followed with a respectable 14 points, while still making splash plays throughout the week.

    Just imagine how good he will be by March.

    Others receiving votes: Markelle Fultz, Washington (2 votes), Frank Jackson, Duke (1 vote), Charlie Moore, California (1 vote)

    Point Guard of the Week

    Frank Mason III, Kansas (6 votes)

    My goodness is this guy good.

    21 points against Duke with 5 assists, including the game winning jumper in spite of battling foul trouble. Then 18 points and 3 assists against Siena, in spite of being on three cross country flights within a week and a half.

    The best driver in the country, Mason is relentless at the hoop, always finishing while drawing the foul. But simultaneously his jumper has been locked in with good assist numbers too.

    Imagine the damage he’ll do once he’s in the same time zone most of the time.

    Others receiving votes: Josh Hart, Villanova (1 vote), Charlie Moore, California (1 vote)

    Wing Player of the Week

    Luke Kennard, Duke (7 votes)

    In spite of their much-highlighted injury concerns, Duke is playing like a Top 5 team.

    They owe a good chunk of that to Kennard.

    Kennard averaged 20.3 points in three games this week, shooting 54.1%, including an absurd 52.9% from three. He’s done so in spite of almost never resting, including playing the entire 80 minutes of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

    He’s also averaged 5.3 rebounds and played often as the point guard during the week, providing Duke with a much needed consistent offensive threat while Grayson Allen plays hurt and Jayson Tatum is out.

    And this guy was supposed to be the 7th or 8th man for Duke.

    Be afraid, college basketball.

    Others receiving votes: Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan (1 vote)

    Post Player of the Week

    Hassan Martin, Rhode Island (3 votes)

    Something about the name Hassan produces good post players.

    The senior posted excellent numbers throughout the week, averaging 13 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks per game, while shooting 70%. He’s done so while frequently playing as Rhode Island’s lone true post player and being in foul trouble.

    Against Duke, Martin went for 15, 6, and 5 in helping to weaken Duke’s driving game. Against Cincinnati he took on the bigger frontline and went 5-6.

    Most stunning of all, he went 14-14 from the free throw line.

    For a big man, this can only be a sign of good things to come.

    Others receiving votes: Miles Bridges, Michigan State (2 votes), Kyle Washington, Cincinnati (1 vote), Michael Young, Pittsburgh (1 vote), Eric Mika, BYU (1 vote)

    Best Decision of the Week

    JP Macura calling time out in the last seconds (3 votes)

    #11 Xavier found themselves in quite the dogfight with Missouri in the Tire Pros Invitational quarterfinal.

    With the game tied at 82 in overtime, Xavier rebounded a Missouri missed three with four seconds left. Although initially it looked like Xavier would push the ball up the court, forward JP Macura alertly signaled for time out with 1.7 seconds remaining, giving the Musketeers time to set up ...

  • 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects: 112 Days Until Selection Sunday Edition! November 21, 2016 Brett Siegel

    Week 1 of the College Basketball season is in the past, so let’s continue to analyze the future! NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects list for the 2017 NBA Draft based on performances during the first week of the College Basketball season! Check out the rankings to see who has helped their draft stock this past week and who has endangered it!

    It has clearly been the year of the freshman so far, but let’s not forget about these upperclassmen either! Take a look and see where your favorite college player ranks among the rest of the prospects, and see how many NBA prospects from your favorite college/country made my list!

     

     

    Players By Conference ACC: 24 players Big-12: 11 players Big-10: 12 players PAC-12: 13 players SEC: 10 players Other: 30 players
    Players By Year Freshmen: 24 players Sophomores: 20 players Juniors: 16 players Seniors: 24 players International: 16 players
    Ranking Name Position School/Country Year/Age Height Weight
    1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’5″ 190 lbs
    2 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’8″ 203 lbs
    ↑ (4) 3 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/18 6’5″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (1) 4 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (1) 5 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 204 lbs
    ↓ (1) 6 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (1) 7 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (2) 8 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/18 6’11” 205 lbs
    9 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’11” 230 lbs
    ↑ (3) 10 Malik Monk PG/SG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (1) 11 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (10) 12 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (2) 13 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (3) 14 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’10” 240 lbs
    ↑ (4) 15 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (4) 16 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
    17 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
    18 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’11” 227 lbs
    ↓ (3) 19 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/20 6’5″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (19) 20 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
    21 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (8) 22 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
    ↑ (15) 23 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (34) 24 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
    ↓ (5) 25 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (3) 26 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↓ (3) 27 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (3) 28 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
    ↓ (15) 29 Thomas Bryant PF/C INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
    ↓ (3) 30 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (5) 31 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (5) 32 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/20 6’5″ 170 lbs
    33 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/22 6’7″ 214 lbs
    34 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/21 6’9″ 197 lbs
    35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
    ↓ (8) 36 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
    ↑ (12) 37 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (9) 38 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
    ↑ (1) 39 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
    ↑ (5) 40 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (5) 41 Wenyen Gabriel SF/PF KENTUCKY Freshman/19 6’9″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (11) 42 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
    ↓ (11) 43 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
    44 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↑ (3) 45 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (4) 46 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (1) 47 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (1) 48 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (7) 49 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
    50 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
    51 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
    52 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
    ↑ (13) 53 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/20 7’1″ 220 lbs
    ↓ (11) 54 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
    ↑ (18) 55 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
    ↑ (13) 56 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
    NEW 57 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
    ↑ (40) 58 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
    NEW 59 Terry Larrier SG/SF UCONN Sophomore/21 6’8″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (5) 60 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
    ↓ (7) 61 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
    ↑ (29) 62 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/20 6’6″ 230 lbs
    ↓ (22) 63 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
    ↓ (11) 64 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
    ↑ (20) 65 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
    ↓ (2) 66 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
    ↓ (2) 67 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (11) 68 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
    ↑ (2) 69 Tyler Roberson PF SYRACUSE Senior/22 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (9) 70 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
    ↓ (12) 71 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (10) 73 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (10) 73 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
    ↑ (5) 74 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (5) 75 Diego Flaccadori SG ITALY INTL/20 6’5″ 172 lbs
    ↓ (8) 76 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
    ↑ (12) 77 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/19 6’1″ 177 lbs
    ↑ (22) 78 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
    ↓ (12) 79 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
    ↑ (7) 80 Keita Bates-Diop SF OHIO ST. Junior/20 6’7″ 235 lbs
    ↑ (7) 81 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (10) 82 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (6) 83 Vinny Okouo C CONGO INTL/19 7’2″ 240 lbs
    ↓ (14) 84 Jordan Woodard PG OKLAHOMA Senior/20 5’11” 181 lbs
    ↓ (2) 85 Deng Adel SF/PF LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (12) 86 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↓ (12) 87 DJ Hogg SF TEXAS A&M Sophomore/20 6’8″ 220 lbs
    ↑ (2) 88 V.J. King SF LOUISVILLE Freshman/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
    ↑ (6) 89 Jalen Brunson PG VILLANOVA Sophomore/19 6’2″ 200 lbs
    NEW 90 Manu Lecomte PG BAYLOR Junior/21 5’11” 170 lbs
    ↓ (7) 91 Carlton Bragg PF KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
    ↓ (16) 92 Moses Kingsley PF/C ARKANSAS Senior/22 6’10” 230 lbs
    ↑ (4) 93 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (16) 94 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
    ↓ (14) 95 Jabari Bird SG CALIFORNIA Senior/22 6’6″ 200 lbs
    ↓ (14) 96 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
    ↓ (5) 97 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 180 lbs
    ↓ (4) 98 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
    ↓ (13) 99 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
    ↓ (7) 100 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
  • Post Game: Duke bests Rhode Island 75-65 to win Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic November 20, 2016 Mark Stouffer

    For any other team, being this battered would be devastating.

    For this year’s Duke team, it’s just a minor inconvenience.

    Luke Kennard scored 24 points on 8-11 shooting, and Amile Jefferson had 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the #1 Blue Devils to a 75-65 victory over the #21 Rams.

    Duke went small almost the entire game, starting four guards (Frank Jackson, Grayson Allen, Kennard, and Matt Jones) around Jefferson, as the starters played 94% of available minutes. Chase Jeter, Duke’s other healthy big man, injured his ankle the day before against Penn State. He played 8 minutes, clearly slower than usual, not scoring a single point and picking up a couple fouls.

    Grayson Allen scored his 1,000th point of his career on a lay-up in the first half, but struggled the whole game, scoring 10 points on 3-11 shooting. It was clear the toe injury he suffered the day before hindered his athleticism, forcing him to stay around the perimeter. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed as much after the game, saying Allen was playing at around 50% of his ability.

    Jared Terrell scored 22 points to lead Rhode Island, with Hassan Martin adding 15 and 5 blocks. E.C. Matthews also struggled, scoring only 9 points on only 3-7 shooting. Javis Garrett, who suffered a scary head injury in yesterday’s semifinal, only had 4 points but 6 assists. In spite of having a clear size advantage, Rhode Island lost the battle on the boards 36-35. The Rams never led, trailing by double digits the majority of the second half, with the largest margin being 70-52 with 3 minutes remaining. The Rams got it down to 10 but got no closer.

    For the Blue Devils, it insured that there would not be a significant drop in the rankings after Tuesday’s loss to Kansas. Duke plays William and Mary on Wednesday and Appalachian State on Saturday before taking on Michigan State November 29th in the ACC-Big 10 challenge. By then, ideally for the Blue Devils Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden should be able to return, taking the load off of the other Blue Devils and giving them time to heal.

    For the Rams, in spite of the loss, it would be very surprising for them to drop out of the Top 25, as they still possess a very talented team that showed resilience against the top ranked Blue Devils. Once E.C. Matthews is fully re-integrated to the game, the Rams should be deadly. They play Belmont and Valparaiso this upcoming week before playing Providence on December 3rd as part of the Ocean State Cup, the basketball rivalry between the four Division I Schools in the state of Rhode Island.

    #24 Cincinnati beat Penn State 71-50 to win the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

  • Tournament Preview: 2016 Paradise Jam November 18, 2016 Brett Siegel

    The first week of the 2016-17 College Basketball Season has come to an end, which means it’s time for all of the early season tournaments!

    The Paradise Jam brings many surprises every year and always brings exciting basketball to viewers! This will be the 16th annual Paradise Jam and will feature no previous champions, but will feature #22 Creighton Blue Jays as well as N.C. State Wolfpack and Saint Joseph’s Hawks.

    This year’s tournament is being played in The U.S. Virgin Islands, as it is every year. The other five teams participating this year are: Loyola-Chicago, Oral Roberts, Montana, Ole Miss, and Washington State.

    Let’s get right to it and talk about each matchup before the tournament begins at 12:30 pm EST on CBSSN/ESPN3!

     

    St. Joseph’s Hawks (2-0) vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (3-0) – 12:30 pm EST Tip-Off

    Saint Joseph’s is coming off a great 2015-2016 season in which they made it to the NCAA Tournament. A large part of this was because of Isaiah Miles and DeAndre Bembry contributing to 35.5 PPG combined. Somebody has to step up for Saint Joseph’s this year if they want to be successful in a competitive A-10 conference and return to the NCAA Tournament. Shavar Newkirk (22.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.5 APG) has looked solid through Saint Joseph’s first two games and will look to put the team on his back today against Loyola-Chicago.

     

    Loyola-Chicago is off to its best start since 1997! They have started the season with a 3 game win streak and are averaging 88.7 PPG. Defense has been the Ramblers biggest attribute as they rank 13th in the nation, surrendering 51.3 PPG to their opponents. Loyola-Chicago will not wow you with their shooting, but senior guard Milton Doyle leads the team in scoring with 16.7 PPG and leads this team in athleticism. Expect Doyle to come out swinging early against a slower Saint Joseph’s team. Do not be surprise if the Ramblers keep this game close for a while.

     

    FINAL PREDICTION: Saint Joseph’s 65, Loyola-Chicago 57

     

    Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels (2-0) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (1-1) – 3 pm EST Tip-Off

    Losing Stefan Moody may be the worst thing that has happened to Ole Miss basketball ever! He contributed to over a fourth of their points each game and was always the go to guy. So Ole Miss basketball is going to be bad now right? Well, I am quite impressed so far! All of their starters are averaging more than 10+ PPG and everyone on this Runnin’ Rebel team knows their role, this early in the season! I expect Ole Miss to surprise many during the Paradise Jam and could potentially find their way into the final!

     

    Oral Roberts did not look terrible in their first game of the year at Baylor, which was a 76-61 loss. They started slow and couldn’t make a shot to save their lives, but in the second half, the Golden Eagles adjusted to the play style and settled in a little. Oral Roberts will need to start fast and force Ole Miss, a terrible three-point shooting team, to take threes. If Oral Roberts can crash the boards and force the mistakes, they may be able to pull off a crazy upset over Ole Miss!

     

    FINAL PREDICTION: Ole Miss 79, Oral Roberts 63

     

    Montana Grizzlies (0-2) vs. N.C. St. Wolfpack (2-0) – 6 pm EST Tip-Off

    Montana is a low scoring type of team that looks to wear down their opponents with their slow-pace and fundamental approach to the game. The Grizzlies lack a go-to-guy, but play very conservative and look for the open shots. They do not turn the ball over much, but do struggle getting rebounds. If the Grizzlies want to try and upset the Wolfpack, they will have to take and make the three, in addition to trying to slow down the Wolfpack’s fast-paced, half-court tempo.

     

    N.C. St. landed two top recruits in Dennis Smith and Omer Yurtseven, but Yurtseven is suspended for a few more games and Smith is recovering from a knee injury. No Anthony “Cat” Barber hurts the offense of the Wolfpack as well, but others have stepped up in his place. The Wolfpack have not been able to get the three ball working for them yet this season, but can be dangerous inside with their height. I fully expect the Wolfpack to hold off Montana and move on to the next round!

     

    FINAL PREDICTION: Montana 56, N.C. St. 71

     

    Washington State Cougars (2-0) vs. #22 Creighton Blue Jays (2-0) – 8:30 pm EST Tip-Off

    Washington St. enters this season trying to improve from a 9-22 record last season. Washington St. is a team that will outboard a smaller team and can take advantage of the post. Against Creighton though, they will struggle trying to find inside position. In order to upset the Blue Jays, the Cougars will have force turnovers on the defensive side of the ball, and limit turnovers on the offensive side.

     

    Creighton enters the Paradise Jam 2-0 with a 13-point win over #6 Wisconsin. Maurice Watson, their senior leader, has looked great so far. He has controlled this offense, averaging almost a double-double per game (17 PPG, 9.5 APG). Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas have also averaged 17 PPG so far this season and have taken a lot of pressure and stress off of Watson. I fully expect to see the Blue Jays in the final of this tournament if they continue to play at the level they just played against the Badgers.

     

    FINAL PREDICTION: Washington St. 57, Creighton 83

     

     

    Tournament Predictions:

    8th Place: Montana Grizzlies

    7th Place: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

    6th Place: Washington St. Cougars

    5th Place: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

    Semifinal 1: Saint Joseph’s Hawks 64 vs. Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels 68

    Semifinal 2: N.C. St. Wolfpack 65 vs. #22 Creighton Blue Jays 72

    Championship: Ole Miss Runnin’ Rebels 56 vs. #22 Creighton Blue Jays 66

     

    This year’s Paradise Jam should be, once again, a fantastic tournament for all College ...

  • Preview: Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic November 17, 2016 Mark Stouffer

    For those of you that already have their minds on Thanksgiving break, there is the perfect basketball tournament this weekend to keep your mind occupied.

    The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Eight teams are participating in total. Established in 2o11, the tournament has featured past champions such as Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina, Providence, and Purdue.

    They are split into two brackets. The Naismith bracket features the four teams with a higher status and is seen as more competitive. The Springfield bracket features four teams from mid-major conferences.

    The teams are as follows:

    Naismith Bracket: Cincinnati, Duke, Penn State, Rhode Island

    Springfield Bracket: Albany, Brown, Grand Canyon, Marist

    Prior to this weekend, eight “campus” games were played, in which every team in the Naismith bracket played two different teams in the Springfield Bracket. The results were as follows:

    Cincinnati: 11/11/2016 Brown W 84-55,   11/14/2016 Albany W 74-51

    Duke: 11/11/2016 Marist W 94-49,   11/12/2016 Grand Canyon W 96-61

    Penn State: 11/11/2016 Albany L 81-87,  11/14/2016 Grand Canyon W 85-76

    Rhode Island: 11/14/2016 Marist W 107-65,  11/16/2016 Brown W 79-72

    The Springfield Bracket is not an official tournament, but instead four games between the teams that have no effect on each other. The schedule is as follows, with all games on ESPN3:

    Saturday, November 19: Brown vs Marist 5:30 PM,  Albany vs Grand Canyon 8 PM

    Sunday November 20: Marist vs Grand Canyon 6 PM,  Albany vs Brown 8:30 PM

    The Naismith Bracket is as follows:

    Saturday: Semifinals: Duke vs Penn State 12:30 PM, Cincinnati vs Rhode Island 3 PM

    Sunday: Consolation Game 3:30 PM, Championship Game 1 PM

    Why is the Championship game before the consolation game? If anyone knows the answer, then also ask that person where the Ark of the Covenant is.

    Team Previews:

    Cincinnati Bearcats

    The Bearcats, led by head coach Mick Cronin, enter the tournament having won their two previous games and ranked 24 in the most recent AP Poll. Thanks to UConn seemingly losing their ability to play basketball, Cincinnati is now the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats are per usual one of the best defensive teams in the country, led by a front court of AAC Defensive Player of the Year Gary Clark, who is also developing a solid offensive game. Also in the front court is NC State transfer Kyle Washington and Jacob Evans, a sophomore who had a 26 point, 9 rebound performance in Cincinnati’s loss to St. Josephs in the NCAA tournament last season. Also per usual for the Bearcats, their offense is very average, as their back court has very little aside from All-AAC Troy Caupain. Caupain, who returns after a stellar 2015-16 season, is the key to success for the Bearcats. If he does not score, the Bearcats have few options to shoulder the load. In spite of inconsistent back court play, the stellar defense and a down AAC means that Cincinnati will almost certainly win the AAC.

    Duke Blue Devils

    Although Duke will enter this tournament ranked 1, that will almost certainly go away after Tuesday’s loss to Kansas. The Blue Devils, lead by head coach Mike Krzyzewski (I can spell it without looking it up), are an extremely talented team. Junior Grayson Allen, a second team All-American, returns as a National Player of the Year candidate, and also looks to rebound from a rough outing against the Jayhawks (12 points, 4-15 shooting). Joining him in the back court is sophomore Luke Kennard, who is a tremendous scorer, freshman Frank Jackson, who is a raw, explosive athlete, and senior Matt Jones, who provides excellent defense and leadership. The front court is anchored by redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns from a broken foot and is an excellent rebounder and defender, and sophomore Chase Jeter, who has improved tremendously after a rough freshman season. However, Duke will not be at full strength, as they will almost certainly be missing freshmen Harry Giles (#2 in 247 composite), Jayson Tatum (#4), and Marques Bolden (#15). This leaves Duke short-handed for this tournament. In spite of these injuries, Duke should be fine for the majority of the non-conference season. But, as we learned last season, if Duke wants to be the title contender they have been hyped up to be, they need those players back and cannot rely on a six-man rotation.

    Penn State Nittany Lions

    In spite of becoming the first team to lose one of their campus games since 2014 (Florida State losing to Northeastern), the Nittany Lions are a young, intriguing team led by Head Coach Pat Chambers.  The best player from the previous season, Shep Garner, returns to form a good back court pair with top point guard recruit Tony Carr, with sufficient depth behind them. The front court is solid, with the infusion of 4-star freshman Lamar Stevens into the rotation, as well as the return of leading rebounder Payton Banks. The bench features a former national champion (Terrance Samuel, G) and a redshirt 4-star recruit (Mike Watkins, F). While this team is not quite ready to contend in the Big 10, they are a rising program.

    Rhode Island Rams

    Rhode Island’s last season was crippled severely when leading scorer and best player E.C. Matthews tore his ACL ten minutes into the first game. However, he has returned to lead a veteran group coached by Dan Hurley, the son of legendary high school coach Bob Hurley. Matthews is complimented by Jason Terrell, who led the Rams in scoring last season, and Javis Garrett, who developed into a quality A-10 point guard. They form a formidable back court. The front court is anchored by Hassan Martin, who was injury-prone last season but returns to provide a quality shot-blocker and scorer, and Kuran Iverson, who provides good rebounding ability. The key reserve is Stanford Robinson, an Indiana transfer who can guard both shooting guards and small forwards. This Rhode Island team, ranked 21 entering the tournament, is not very deep, but its available talent should lead them to contend for an Atlantic-10 title and possibly a 4 seed or higher.

    Predictions:

    Semifinals:

    Duke ...

  • Postgame: Flyers Pick Up Big Win in Tuscaloosa but at What Cost? November 16, 2016 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – David Jablonski

    Dayton Flyers: 77  Alabama Crimson Tide: 72

    The Dayton Flyers headed down to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama in the ESPN Tip Off Marathon in front of a crowd of 10,000+. Kendall Pollard would miss a second straight game with a thigh contusion. Coach Archie Miller said postgame that they’re hoping to get him back by the tournament they play in next week. This was the second straight year that both teams participated in the marathon. Last year, the match up of the two teams was in Dayton where the Flyers blew the Crimson Tide out of the gym, 80-48. The Crimson Tide were looking to get a little payback this time around. Bama was ready to play as they started the game on a 10-2 run in the first 2:13 of the game. This prompted Archie Miller to use a timeout early in the game. The Flyers answered the bell and quickly went on an 8-0 run to tie the game up at 10 with 14:40 left in the half. The rest of the half was a back and forth affair with neither team able to separate themselves from one another. The Crimson Tide took a 36-31 lead into the locker room. Alabama secured a lead for most of the second half but the Flyers kept it very close. Dayton took a one point lead on a Charles Cooke layup with 7:05 left in the game. With 2:28 left, freshman forward Braxton Key hit a layup to give Alabama a 64-63 lead. A little less than a minute after this, sophomore forward Ryan Mikesell hit a corner three to put the Flyers up 4. The Flyers wouldn’t give up the lead. Dayton had a two on one run out with 8 seconds to go up 2. Senior guard Scoochie Smith gave the ball to sophomore forward Josh Cunningham who proceeded to dunk on an Alabama defender. The defender under cut Cunningham to try to cause a foul but all of Cunningham’s weight came down on his left leg. Cunningham immediately screamed in agony and was carried off the floor favoring his ankle. The Flyers are still awaiting results to see how long Cunningham will be out. Dayton has won 14 of the last 17 against SEC opponents.

    https://twitter.com/Flyer_Faithful/status/798624595993448448

    The Crimson Tide shot 39% (23-59) from the field, 26.1% (6-23) from the three point line and 66.7% (20-30) from the free throw line. Alabama pulled down 40 rebounds and had 11 assists to 11 turnovers. They also had 3 blocks and 4 steals. Alabama dominated the boards 40-28 and second chance points 27-12. They were led by graduate transfer guard Corban Collins who had 15 points in 29 minutes. Braxton Key came off of the bench and added 15 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Redshirt freshman guard Dazon Ingram chipped in 14 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds in 37 minutes.

    The Flyers shot 54.5% (24-44) from the field, 50% (9-18) from the three and 60.6% (20-33) from the charity stripe. UD really needs to work on their free throw shooting. Dayton grabbed 28 rebounds and had 11 assists to 11 turnovers. They also had a block and 5 steals. The Flyers were led by Scoochie Smith who had 20 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke notched his first double double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Ryan Mikesell added 12 points and 5 boards in 25 minutes. Josh Cunningham was limited for the second straight game because of foul trouble. He only logged 15 minutes but had 12 points and 3 rebounds.

    Alabama (1-1) (0-0 SEC) will stay at home to take on Ball State Friday, November 18 at 8PM CT.

    Dayton (2-0) (0-0 A10) will head back home to take on (17) Saint Mary’s in a huge non-conference game Saturday, November 19th at 2PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • Postgame: Flyers Throttle Austin Peay November 13, 2016 Alex Handorf

    Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

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    The Dayton Flyers opened up the season with the Austin Peay Governors on Friday night. Before the game, the late Steve McElvene was honored with a video clip shown on the scoreboard. His family was welcomed with a standing ovation as McElvene’s A10 championship ring was presented to them. The Flyers will wear a commemorative patch for McElvene this season.

    The Flyers came out like a house on fire. They took a 16-4 lead in the first five minutes thanks to 10 quick points by Charles Cooke. After a timeout, Austin Peay was able to cut the lead to as little as four midway through the first half. The Flyers steadily pulled away after the Governors threatened. UD took a 44-27 lead into the locker room. They opened up the second half with a 13-4 run to stretch the lead to 26. The Governors struggled for the rest of the game and the Flyers would coast to 1-0 with a 96-68 win. Austin Peay never held a lead in the game. Senior forward Kendall Pollard did not suit up for the Flyers because of a thigh contusion.

    The Governors shot 39.3% (22-56) from the field, 31.8% (7-22) from the three point line and 73.9% (17-23) from the charity stripe. Junior guard Josh Robinson led the Governors with 26 points in 40 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Chris Porter-Bunton was the only other double-digit scorer for the Governors with 10. He also chipped in 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.

    The Flyers shot 54.4% (37-68) from the field, 40.6% (13-32) from the three and 60% (9-15) from the free throw line. Dayton was led by senior guard Charles Cooke who had a career high 31 points in 28 minutes. Junior guard Darrell Davis added 17 points in 21 minutes off of the bench. Sophomore forward Josh Cunningham had 13 points and 6 rebounds in his debut with the Flyers. He was held to 19 minutes because of foul trouble. Senior point guard Scoochie Smith filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 25 minutes. Sophomore forward Sam Miller added 10 off of the bench.

    Austin Peay (0-1) (0-0 OVC) will head back home to take on Oakland City Monday, November 14th at 7PM.

    Dayton (1-0) (0-0 A10) will head to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama in the Tip-Off Marathon Tuesday, November 15th at 1:15PM.

    Go Flyers!

    Alex Handorf ’17

  • A-10 Conference Standings Prediction November 13, 2016 College Pride Press

    The A-10 maybe not be a Power 5 conference but when it comes to basketball it might be a force to be reckoned with this season. Here is a look at how we project the conference to look.

    1 Dayton
    2 Rhode Island
    3 VCU
    4 St. Bonaventure
    5 St. Joes
    6 Davidson
    7 UMass
    8 Saint Louis
    9 La Salle
    10 George Washington
    11 Richmond
    12 George Mason
    13 Fordham
    14 Duquense
  • College Pride Press Preseason Top 25 November 7, 2016 Nick Schwartz

    Here at College Pride Press, we value not just the individual familiarity each writer has with their specific school, but the vast wealth of national knowledge that is also present. Using this understanding of the country’s entire college basketball landscape, we have constructed our own preseason poll, based upon the votes collected from ten different writers. Every Monday morning, just like the AP and Coaches Polls, College Pride Press will release its own rankings, based upon the knowledge and opinions expressed by our voters. Without further ado, here is our inaugural preseason poll.

     

    1. Duke (1 AP/1 Coaches) – The Blue Devils received all ten first place votes, and are on paper the best team in the country. They also have the best coach in the country. Anything less than a national title for Grayson Allen, Jayson Tatum and co. will be a disappointment.
    2. Kansas (3/2) – Despite losing Perry Ellis, KU is one of the clear frontrunners here in the preseason. Mason and Graham are an electric backcourt, and the Jayhawks added top prospect Josh Jackson to a team that also returns Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg in the frontcourt.
    3. Kentucky (2/4) – Calipari has reloaded again, with top twenty prospects Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel, and De’Aaron Fox joining returnees Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis. UK won their final exhibition game by nearly 100 points, against an NAIA school.
    4. Villanova (4/3) – The defending champs are still loaded, despite losing Omari Spellman to eligibility issues. Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins give the Wildcats one of the best and most experienced duos in the country. Jalen Brunson is a prime candidate for a sophomore breakout.
    5. Oregon (5/5) – With Trier in doubt for Arizona, the Ducks are the clear class of the Pac-12. Missing Brooks for the first portion of the season makes them a bit more vulnerable, but Boucher is one of the most underrated bigs in the country and could average over three blocks a game.
    6. Wisconsin (9/10) – Do not sleep on the Badgers; they return four starters from last year, including All-American candidates Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes. The scariest thing is that someone else may be the best player on the team: sophomore Ethan Happ.
    7. North Carolina (6/6) – Marcus Paige is gone, but Justin Jackson isn’t. Joel Berry and Nate Britt are both capable of being suitable replacements for Paige at lead guard, while Carolina has their typical absurd amount of depth in the frontcourt, led by Kennedy Meeks.
    8. Xavier (7/8) – The Musketeers will fight ‘Nova the entire season for the Big East. Trevon Bluiett and Jalen Reynolds both could be the conference’s best player, while point guard Edmund Sumner was one of the best freshmen in the country last year.
    9. Michigan State (12/9) – Tom Izzo reeled in his best recruiting class ever; Langford and Bridges especially have one-and-done potential. There are also a lot of returning pieces, such as Schilling and Nairn that should keep the Spartans from missing Valentine too much.
    10. Louisville (13/14) – Donovan Mitchell has been tabbed as someone about to break out, and the Cards brought in talented wing VJ King. Mangok Mathiang and Anas Mahmoud are both stellar down low, and Snider is a more than capable lead guard.
    11. Indiana (11/12) – After missing much of last year injured, James Blackmon, Jr. is back with a vengeance, and forms a potent trio with fan favorite OG Anunoby and potential Big Ten player of the year Thomas Bryant. Pitt transfer Josh Newkirk adds another weapon.
    12. Virginia (8/7) – The Cavaliers could miss Brodgon’s leadership, but super transfer Austin Nichols is eligible, and London Perrantes, now the lead guard, proved his capabilities as sidekick to Brogdon for three years. Freshman Kyle Guy is a sharpshooter with loads of potential.
    13. Arizona (10/11) – Much of their season rests on the saga of Allonzo Trier, but the cupboard is far from bare if that situation ends poorly. Freshmen Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons are both athletic freaks, while junior Dusan Ristic has shown flashes of brilliance in the past.
    14. UCLA (16/20) – Lonzo Ball. No other freshman comes in with a bigger combo of hype and enigma. If he meshes well with a returning core including Thomas Welsh and Bryce Alford, the Bruins’ ceiling could be the third weekend of the NCAA tournament.
    15. Gonzaga (14/13) – The Zags have a heavily underrated backcourt in Nigel Williams-Goss and Josh Perkins. Getting back Karnowski for an additional year was a major boost, and incoming freshman post presence Zach Collins was a McDonalds All-American. The future is bright for Mark Few.
    16. West Virginia (20/18) – Coach Huggins again has an athletic team capable of running a stifling press. The backcourt of Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles, Jr. gives WVU two capable veteran leaders. Esa Ahmad was a highly rated freshman a year ago; he could break out as a sophomore.
    17. Syracuse (19/17) – Tyler Lydon will be a pro, likely after this year. Grad transfers Andrew White and John Gillon give the Orange college experience in a backcourt that also includes stud frosh Tyus Battle. DeJuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson add depth up front.
    18. Miami (FL) (NR/NR) – The consensus CPP sleeper has a deadly duo returning in Davon Reed and Ja’Quan Newton. They also add a pair of highly regarded freshmen in Dewan Huell and Bruce Brown. Expect the U to contend in a loaded ACC.
    19. Purdue (15/15) – There is no arguing against the loaded frontcourt, led by Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas. However, they will need to find consistent guard play. A sleeper could be former Michigan man Spike Albrecht, who joins Purdue this year as a grad transfer.
    20. Texas (21/22) – Shaka Smart is already recruiting at a high level, landing potential lottery talent in Jarrett Allen and Andrew Jones. The sophomore trio of Tevin Mack, Kerwin Roach, Jr., and ...
    21. CPP Podcast: A-10 Preview October 30, 2016 College Pride Press

      Host Brad Kreppel is joined by A-10 experts Alex Handorf, Chris Walz, and Sean Bock to break down each team in the Atlantic 10 conference. Next weekend we will break down the ACC.

    22. Recruiting: St. Louis lands 5-star for 2018 October 26, 2016 Noah Holley

      Power forward Carte’Are Gordon, the 9th-ranked recruit in ESPN.com’s 2018 Top 60 rankings, committed to St. Louis on Wednesday.

      Gordon checks in a little lower in 247sports.com’s 2018 composite rankings, at no. 22.  In a class especially rich with power forward talent, however, he only ranks 11th in the site’s rankings for the position.

      Gordon, a St. Louis native who attends Western Grove High, chose the Billikens over Kansas and Missouri.  He had narrowed down his list to those teams a few days ago.

      If head coach Travis Ford has changed anything about his new program, it appears to be the recruiting culture.  Ford has hauled in two heralded recruits in his first summer in charge of the Billikens, the other being four-star guard Jordan Goodwin, a senior.  For as long as the ESPN recruiting database has existed (it was spawned in 2007), St. Louis has never had a ranked recruit, and hasn’t had one as highly touted as Gordon since 1997 McDonald’s All-American Larry Hughes.

      According to 247sports.com, Gordon is the highest-ranked junior to commit.

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    23. Saint Joseph’s Basketball 2016-17 Season Preview October 18, 2016 Chris Walz

      There are many questions entering Phil Martelli’s 22nd year on Hawk Hill. Many people are skeptical on how the Hawks will replace first round NBA draft pick DeAndre’ Bembry and prolific scorer Isaiah Miles. It will be intriguing to see how the hawks fare after losing two of the best players to ever come through the program.

      2015-16 Recap
      The 2015-16 season was a dreamy one for the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, and NBA first round draft pick, DeAndre’ Bembry led the Hawks to a 28 win season, an Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championship, and a win over Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks finished with a record of 28 wins and 8 losses (13-5 conference). This was one of the best seasons of the 21 year Phil Martelli era; the best obviously being the 2003-04 season when they finished with a record of 30 wins and 2 losses and made it to the Elite Eight behind future NBA star Jameer Nelson. St. Joe’s had key wins over Big 5 rivals Temple and Drexel, ACC program Virginia Tech, VCU in the A-10 Championship, and Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia Tech is not a power program in the ACC, but any win over any ACC team is good for any mid-major conference team. After a promising regular season, the A-10 champs lost in the Round of 32 to a very good Oregon team. It will be tough for the the 2016-17 squad to follow up those big wins.
      Key Losses
      The Hawks lost three key players from the previous squad: DeAndre’ Bembry (NBA Draft), Isaiah Miles (Graduation), and Aaron Brown (Graduation). All three averaged well over 10 points per game and combined to average over half of the team’s points per game. DeAndre’ Bembry and Isaiah Miles combined to form one of the best frontcourts in the A-10 and in the country. Both shot right around 50% from the field and they each averaged 8 rebounds per contest. The list of credentials for each player goes on and on. What I am trying to say is that, those three players, especially Bembry and Miles, are irreplaceable. No player can step right in and pick up exactly where they left off. The squad will need to find ways to produce at least some of what those players brought to the court, this season.
      Key Returnees
      To cope with the losses of the aforementioned players, the Hawks will need big contributions from players that have remained somewhat in the background these past few years, and they will need fresh faces to step up as well. Most of the key returnees for St. Joe’s are guards so the squad will have to rely on their guard play this season. This is a change from the past few seasons when Bembry and Miles were the main focus of the team. Three returnees that will make big contributions are Sophomore guard Lamarr Kimble, Junior guard Shavar Newkirk, and Junior forward James Demery. Kimble averaged 6 points per game and shot 41% from the field during his freshman campaign. Along with these admirable numbers, he was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Freshman of the Year. His numbers will increase along with his role on the team. As a sophomore, point guard Shavar Newkirk averaged 8 points per contest and shot 38% from the field. Both admirable numbers for a player that was seen as a nice compliment to the dominant frontcourt that Saint Joseph’s displayed. Newkirk’s first two years on the squad were relatively easy. He did not have to shoulder that much of a load, and there was no real pressure on him as an individual to perform. These next two years on Hawk Hill will be much different. Just like Kimble, Newkirk’s numbers will increase and his role will be expanded. Look for him to be the quarterback of this offense. He is the next NBA prospect to come out of St. Joe’s. Aspects of his game are similar to that of Kyrie Irving. He has quick feet, great handles, and deceptive speed. When he is let loose he is must see TV. Coach Martelli will not completely let him loose, but regardless, he will have a solid year. These past few years he has been in the shadow of Bembry and Miles but not anymore. Look for this year will be his coming out party. The third and final notable returnees is James Demery. He is a walking highlight reel. He has a combination of a great vertical and power that is rare among mid-major conference players. He was a solid role player his freshman year, and he was able to improve on that during his sophomore campaign. Demery averaged just over 8 points per game and shot 50% from the floor. Just like Newkirk, Demery has been in the shadow of Bembry and Miles these past few years, but that is no longer the case. He will become an x-factor for Saint Joseph’s as the season progresses. A player like him is very tough to guard because he has the capability to hurt you in so many ways. As you might be expecting; his numbers will go up this season. Last season he played around 20 minutes per game. Expect that to go up close to around the 32-33 minute mark. These three players will make a fabulous trio for St. Joe’s this season. The A-10 will have its hands full trying to stop these three beasts. Also, expect Javon Baumann to step up for the Hawks. With the loss of Bembry and Miles, the Hawks will need him to play a big role in the post.
      Early Storylines
      Graduate student Javon Baumann, senior Brendan Casper, and sophomore Lamarr Kimble were voted on by their teammates to be team captains for the 2016-17 season. I believe that Lamarr Kimble will emerge as the leader for this team. It is very unlikely for ...

    24. 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects: End of Summer Addition August 14, 2016 Brett Siegel

      As the summer of 2016 comes to an end, it is time to see which 2017 NBA Draft prospect’s stocks are rising and falling! NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel has updated his 2017 NBA Draft Big Board with a new #1 Overall Prospect! Check out where he ranks your favorite college players and where he ranks this year’s top incoming freshmen among the rest of the college basketball world! Even though we are 323 days away from the 2017 NBA Draft, each day counts for these young prospects looking to make their dreams come true!

       

       

      Players By Conference ACC: 25 players Big-12: 10 players Big-10: 12 players PAC-12: 15 players SEC: 7 players Other: 31 players
      Players By Year Freshmen: 24 players Sophomores: 21 players Juniors: 16 players Seniors: 25 players International: 14 players

      Ranking

       

      Name

      Position

      School/Country

      Year/Age

      Height

      Weight

      ↑ (3) 1 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’4″ 190 lbs
      ↓ (1) 2 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’7″ 185 lbs
      ↓ (1) 3 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 175 lbs
      ↑ (2) 4 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/18 6’5″ 195 lbs
      ↑ (4) 5 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
      ↑ (8) 6 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
      ↓ (4) 7 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 230 lbs
      ↑ (5) 8 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
      ↑ (6) 9 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 170 lbs
      10 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/20 6’5″ 205 lbs
      ↓ (4) 11 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’9″ 240 lbs
      ↓ (7) 12 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
      ↑ (7) 13 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
      ↓ (6) 14 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
      ↓ (3) 15 Thomas Bryant PF INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
      16 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
      ↑ (12) 17 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/18 6’10” 185 lbs
      ↓ (7) 18 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’10” 220 lbs
      ↑ (17) 19 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
      ↓ (2) 20 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
      21 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
      22 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’7″ 225 lbs
      23 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
      ↓ (7) 24 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
      ↓ (6) 25 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
      ↑ (2) 26 Malik Monk SG/SF KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’3″ 185 lbs
      ↑ (6) 27 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
      ↓ (4) 28 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
      ↑ (1) 29 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
      ↓ (3) 30 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/22 6’7″ 214 lbs
      ↑ (8) 31 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
      ↓ (7) 32 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
      ↑ (7) 33 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
      34 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
      35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
      ↓ (10) 36 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
      ↓ (6) 37 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/20 6’5″ 170 lbs
      38 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
      ↓ (7) 39 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
      ↑ (1) 40 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
      ↑ (7) 41 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/21 6’9″ 197 lbs
      ↓ (5) 42 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
      43 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
      ↑ (1) 44 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
      ↑ (5) 45 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
      ↓ (4) 46 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
      47 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
      ↑ (5) 48 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
      49 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
      ↑ (8) 50 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
      ↓ (7) 51 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
      ↑ (4) 52 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
      ↓ (2) 53 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
      54 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
      ↑ (8) 55 Deng Adel SF/PF LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
      ↓ (10) 56 Carlton Bragg PF KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
      ↓ (5) 57 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
      ↑ (1) 58 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
      ↓ (2) 59 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
      ↓ (5) 60 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
      ↑ (5) 61 Jordan Woodard PG OKLAHOMA Senior/20 5’11” 181 lbs
      ↑ (5) 62 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
      ↓ (3) 63 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
      ↑ (10) 64 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
      NEW 65 Santiago Yusta SG SPAIN INTL/19 6’7″ 200 lbs
      ↓ (4) 66 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
      ↑ (22) 67 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
      ↑ (15) 68 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/20 6’6″ 230 lbs
      NEW 69 Luke Kornet PF/C VANDERBILT Senior/21 7’0″ 240 lbs
      70 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
      ↑ (4) 71 Keita Bates-Diop SF OHIO ST. Junior/20 6’7″ 235 lbs
      ↑ (7) 72 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/20 7’1″ 220 lbs
      ↓ (2) 73 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 180 lbs
      ↓ (2) 74 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
      ↓ (14) 75 Ray Smith SF ARIZONA Freshman/19 6’8″ 210 lbs
      ↓ (11) 76 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
      ↓ (1) 77 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
      NEW 78 Diego Flaccadori SG ITALY INTL/20 6’5″ 172 lbs
      ↓ (15) 79 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
      NEW 80 Alpha Kaba PF/C FRANCE INTL/20 6’10” 226 lbs
      ↓ (8) 81 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
      ↓ (14) 82 Chase Jeter C DUKE Sophomore/18 6’10” 239 lbs
      ↑ (5) 83 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/19 6’1″ 177 lbs
      84 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
      ↓ (16) 85 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
      ↓ (9) 86 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
      ↑ (8) 87 James Daniel PG HOWARD Senior/22 5’11” 165 lbs
      ↑ (3) 88 Jalen Brunson PG VILLANOVA Sophomore/19 6’2″ 200 lbs
      ↓ (11) 89 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
      ↓ (9) 90 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
      ↓ (9) 91 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
      92 Derryck Thornton PG USC Sophomore/19 6’2″ 160 lbs
      ↓ (13) 93 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
      94 Justin Robinson PG MONMOUTH Senior/21 5’8″ 160 lbs
      ↓ (9) 95 J.J. Frazier PG GEORGIA Senior/20 5’10” 155 lbs
      ↓ (9) 96 Tarik Phillip PG/SG WEST VIRGINIA Senior/22 6’3″ 200 lbs
      ↓ (1) 97 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
      ↑ (2) 98 V.J. King SF LOUISVILLE Freshman/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
      ↓ (9) 99 Tyler Dorsey SG OREGON Sophomore/20 6’4″ 180 lbs
      ↓ (3) 100 Austin Nichols PF VIRGINIA Junior/21 6’9″ 202 lbs
    25. 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects July 10, 2016 Brett Siegel

      NBA Draft Analyst Brett Siegel compiled his “Way-Too-Early” 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Players. Check out where he ranks your favorite college players and where he ranks this year’s top incoming freshmen among the rest of the college basketball world! Even though the 2017 NBA Draft is about a year away, it is never too early to start finding the next hidden gems in college basketball!

       

      Brett Siegel’s 2017 NBA Draft Big Board/Top 100 Prospects July 8th, 2016

      Players By Conference ACC: 25 players Big-12: 11 players Big-10: 11 players PAC-12: 15 players SEC: 7 players Other: 31 players
      Players By Year Freshmen: 25 players Sophomores: 22 players Juniors: 17 players Seniors: 25 players International: 11 players

      Ranking

       

      Name

      Position

      School/Country

      Year/Age

      Height

      Weight

      1 Josh Jackson SF KANSAS Freshman/19 6’7″ 185 lbs
      2 Jayson Tatum SF DUKE Freshman/18 6’8″ 175 lbs
      3 Harry Giles PF DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 230 lbs
      4 Markelle Fultz PG/SG WASHINGTON Freshman/18 6’4″ 190 lbs
      5 Monte Morris PG IOWA ST. Senior/21 6’3″ 170 lbs
      6 Lonzo Ball PG UCLA Freshman/18 6’5″ 195 lbs
      7 Bam Adebayo PF/C KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’9″ 240 lbs
      8 Ivan Rabb PF/C CALIFORNIA Sophomore/19 6’11” 220 lbs
      9 Frank Ntilikina PG FRANCE INTL/18 6’4″ 175 lbs
      10 Grayson Allen PG/SG DUKE Junior/20 6’5″ 205 lbs
      11 Jarrett Allen C TEXAS Freshman/18 6’10” 220 lbs
      12 Thomas Bryant PF INDIANA Sophomore/19 6’10” 245 lbs
      13 Isaiah Hartenstein PF GERMANY INTL/18 6’10” 230 lbs
      14 Dennis Smith PG N.C. ST. Freshman/19 6’2″ 180 lbs
      15 De’Aaron Fox PG KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’4″ 170 lbs
      16 Nigel Hayes SF WISCONSIN Senior/21 6’8″ 235 lbs
      17 Melo Trimble PG MARYLAND Junior/21 6’3″ 190 lbs
      18 Josh Hart SG/SF VILLANOVA Senior/21 6’5″ 205 lbs
      19 Marques Bolden C DUKE Freshman/18 6’10” 254 lbs
      20 Jonathan Jeanne PF/C FRANCE INTL/19 7’2″ 195 lbs
      21 Justin Jackson SF UNC Junior/21 6’8″ 193 lbs
      22 Miles Bridges SF MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’7″ 225 lbs
      23 O.G. Anunoby SF INDIANA Sophomore/18 6’8″ 215 lbs
      24 Omer Yurtseven C N.C. ST. Freshman/18 7’0″ 228 lbs
      25 Rodions Kurucs SF LATVIA INTL/18 6’8″ 190 lbs
      26 Joel Berry II PG/SG UNC Junior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
      27 Jaron Blossomgame SF CLEMSON Senior/22 6’7″ 214 lbs
      28 Malik Monk SG/SF KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’3″ 185 lbs
      29 Jonathan Isaac SF FLORIDA ST. Freshman/18 6’10” 185 lbs
      30 Terrance Ferguson SG/SF AUSTRALLIA INTL/18 6’7″ 185 lbs
      31 Edmond Sumner PG XAVIER Sophomore/20 6’5″ 170 lbs
      32 Allonzo Trier SG ARIZONA Sophomore/20 6’4″ 205 lbs
      33 Tyler Lydon SF/PF SYRACUSE Sophomore/20 6’9″ 205 lbs
      34 Dwayne Bacon SF FLORIDA ST. Sophomore/20 6’5″ 202 lbs
      35 Dillon Brooks SF OREGON Junior/20 6’7″ 215 lbs
      36 Lauri Markkenen PF ARIZONA Freshman/19 7’0″ 225 lbs
      37 Chimezie Metu PF/C USC Sophomore/19 6’9″ 210 lbs
      38 Frank Jackson PG DUKE Freshman/18 6’4″ 200 lbs
      39 Kris Jenkins SF/PF VILLANOVA Senior/22 6’6″ 240 lbs
      40 Chris Boucher PF OREGON Senior/23 6’10” 200 lbs
      41 Alec Peters PF VALPARAISO Senior/21 6’9″ 225 lbs
      42 Isaiah Briscoe PG/SG KENTUCKY Sophomore/20 6’3″ 218 lbs
      43 Frank Mason III PG KANSAS Senior/22 5’11” 185 lbs
      44 Caleb Swanigan PF PURDUE Sophomore/19 6’9″ 247 lbs
      45 Devonte’ Graham PG KANSAS Junior/21 6’2″ 175 lbs
      46 Carlton Bragg PF KANSAS Sophomore/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
      47 Amile Jefferson PF DUKE Senior/23 6’9″ 195 lbs
      48 V.J. Beachum SF NOTRE DAME Senior/21 6’9″ 197 lbs
      49 Isaiah Hicks PF UNC Senior/21 6’8″ 230 lbs
      50 Antonio Blakeney SG LSU Sophomore/19 6’4″ 177 lbs
      51 T.J. Leaf PF UCLA Freshman/18 6’9″ 215 lbs
      52 Josh Langford SG MICHIGAN ST. Freshman/18 6’6″ 205 lbs
      53 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG KANSAS Junior/19 6’8″ 191 lbs
      54 Blaz Mesicek SG SLOVENIA INTL/19 6’6″ 190 lbs
      55 Matt Jones SG DUKE Senior/21 6’5″ 200 lbs
      56 London Perrantes PG/SG VIRGINIA Senior/21 6’2″ 192 lbs
      57 Kyle Guy SG VIRGINIA Freshman/18 6’2″ 170 lbs
      58 Jessie Govan C GEORGETOWN Sophomore/18 6’11” 255 lbs
      59 Jack Gibbs PG DAVIDSON Senior/21 6’0″ 195 lbs
      60 Malik Pope SF SAN DIEGO ST. Junior/19 6’10” 205 lbs
      61 Ray Smith SF ARIZONA Freshman/19 6’8″ 210 lbs
      62 Luke Kennard SG DUKE Sophomore/20 6’5″ 187 lbs
      63 Deng Adel SF/PF LOUISVILLE Sophomore/20 6’7″ 200 lbs
      64 Zach Collins C GONZAGA Freshman/18 6’11” 220 lbs
      65 Maurice Watson Jr. PG CREIGHTON Senior/23 5’10” 170 lbs
      66 Jordan Woodard PG OKLAHOMA Senior/20 5’11” 181 lbs
      67 Jonathan Motley PF BAYLOR Junior/21 6’9″ 230 lbs
      68 Chase Jeter C DUKE Sophomore/18 6’10” 239 lbs
      69 Kobi Simmons PG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’6″ 185 lbs
      70 E.C. Matthews SG RHODE ISLAND Sophomore/20 6’4″ 181 lbs
      71 Devin Robinson SF FLORIDA Junior/21 6’8″ 180 lbs
      72 Peter Jok SG IOWA Senior/22 6’6″ 199 lbs
      73 Amida Brimah C UCONN Senior/22 7’0″ 230 lbs
      74 Aleksander Vezenkov SF/PF BULGARIA INTL/20 6’9″ 225 lbs
      75 Keita Bates-Diop SF OHIO ST. Junior/20 6’7″ 235 lbs
      76 Kennedy Meeks C UNC Senior/21 6’9″ 279 lbs
      77 Trevon Bluiett SF XAVIER Junior/20 6’6″ 215 lbs
      78 Vince Edwards Jr. SF PURDUE Junior/20 6’8″ 225 lbs
      79 Andzejs Pasecniks C LATVIA INTL/20 7’1″ 220 lbs
      80 Rawle Alkins SG ARIZONA Freshman/18 6’4″ 185 lbs
      81 Egemen Guven PF/C TURKEY INTL/19 6’10” 210 lbs
      82 Emircan Kosut C TURKEY INTL/21 6’11” 220 lbs
      83 Malcolm Hill SF ILLINOIS Senior/20 6’6″ 230 lbs
      84 Nic Slavica SF CROATIA INTL/19 6’7″ 190 lbs
      85 Wenyen Gabriel PF KENTUCKY Freshman/18 6’8″ 210 lbs
      86 J.J. Frazier PG GEORGIA Senior/20 5’10” 155 lbs
      87 Tarik Phillip PG/SG WEST VIRGINIA Senior/22 6’3″ 200 lbs
      88 Jawun Evans PG OKLAHOMA ST. Sophomore/19 6’1″ 177 lbs
      89 Kyle Kuzma PF UTAH Junior/20 6’9″ 221 lbs
      90 Tyler Dorsey SG OREGON Sophomore/20 6’4″ 180 lbs
      91 Jalen Brunson PG VILLANOVA Sophomore/19 6’2″ 200 lbs
      92 Derryck Thornton PG USC Sophomore/19 6’2″ 160 lbs
      93 Isacc Humphries C KENTUCKY Sophomore/18 7’0″ 260 lbs
      94 Justin Robinson PG MONMOUTH Senior/21 5’8″ 160 lbs
      95 James Daniel PG HOWARD Senior/22 5’11” 165 lbs
      96 James Blackmon Jr. SG INDIANA Junior/21 6’3″ 184 lbs
      97 Austin Nichols PF VIRGINIA Junior/21 6’9″ 202 lbs
      98 Charles Cooke SG DAYTON Senior/22 6’5″ 192 lbs
      99 Emmett Naar PG SAINT MARY’S Junior/22 6’1″ 195 lbs
      100 V.J. King SF LOUISVILLE Freshman/19 6’7″ 190 lbs

       

      Download the full chart at NBA Big Board 2017

    26. NBA Draft Breakdown by Conferences and Classes June 27, 2016 College Pride Press

      We have been covering everything involving the NBA Draft and now that all the picks have been made I wanted to take a step back and look at the big picture of the draft from a college basketball perspective. 16 international players were selected on Thursday night making that 44 college players selected throughout the night. The first stat I wanted to look at was the players selected by conference.

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      The ACC is always considered one of the best basketball conferences if not the best conference in the country. The talent level is extremely high and it shows on their teams. The one thing that really surprised me was that the talent was very well spread throughout the ACC with no team having more than 2 players selected on Thursday night.

      The Big Ten, Big-12, and SEC all tied for second with 6 picks. Kentucky had a down year with only 3 players getting selected. Most years the SEC has 6 just from Lexington.   The Big Ten seemed to have a down year with Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio State all not having a draft pick. Of those three Indiana was the only team with 2 undrafted players. The conference should rebound next year with loads of talent coming into Michigan State and Indiana developing future NBA players.

      The PAC-12 was on of the most interesting conferences because two of their five selections came from middle tier team Washington. Conference champion Oregon retained all of their future NBA players. The conference had two consensus first round picks return to school with Allonzo Trier (Arizona) and Ivan Rabb (Cal). Next year will be a big year for the PAC-12 with more talent in the draft.

      The Big East brings up the rear of major conferences with 4 draft picks. The national champ Villanova Wildcats did not have any draft picks. Providence had 2 players selected with Marquette and Seton Hall representing the other two picks. The Big East has been very successful competing with the bigger conferences without tons of NBA players on their rosters.

       

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      The class standing of the draftees was a little surprising to me with more seniors being selected than any other class. The 2015-2016 year was a big one for seniors all over the country. Four of their draft picks were in the first round inferring that NBA teams still value experience and readiness somewhat. 14 freshmen were selected in the draft to go along with 10 sophomores and five juniors.

      Next year should be a heavy year for the freshmen and sophomores. The 2016 recruiting class is loaded with future NBA players and expected “one and done” careers. Combine that with some of the freshmen who decided it would be wiser to spend another year in college and the underclassmen may rule the next draft class.

       

      Brad Kreppel

      Indiana University ’18

    27. 4-star Forward Kostas Antetokounmpo Commits to Dayton June 24, 2016 Drew Dinnhaupt

      2016 4-star SF/PF Kostas Antetokounmpo has committed to Dayton over Iowa State, Marquette, St. John’s, UNLV, among others. Kostas is the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Dayton had no votes in the 247 Crystal Ball. His pledge to the Flyers came out of the blue as no analysts expected Dayton to land Antetokounmpo, and some weren’t even aware Dayton was considered to be a landing spot.

      Antetokounmpo is ranked #52 nationally by 247Sports and has loads of potential. Antetokounmpo is not expected to be a one-and-done and likely needs multiple years of collegiate basketball before he is ready for the next level.

    28. Report Card: Dayton Flyers June 15, 2016 Test

      The Dayton Flyers had a fairly solid season this past year. Midway through the season UD basketball achieved a ranking as low as 13th in the nation. However, Dayton basketball also went on a dry spell nearing the NCAA tournament in March. The following writings show how I personally feel about last season for the starting five and head coach Archie Miller in terms of a grade report.

       

      Archie Miller

      Archie Miller guided this team through a winning season with a 25-8 record with big wins over teams like Iowa and Arkansas. Coach Miller did an incredible job with the Flyers this year; however, towards the end of the season there were some tough loses to Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure. Overall, the 2015-2016 season a great season for Archie Miller.

      Grade: A-

       

      Darrell Davis

      Darrell Davis had a decent season overall but couldn’t quite fine the mark with his three point shooting. This last season Davis shot 29% from behind the ark with 110 attempts which, consequently, knocked him a letter grade down to a B.

      Grade: B

       

      Steve McElvene

      Steve McElvene played as a solid center offensively and defensively during the regular season averaging 6.1 points per game with an impressive total of 55 blocks. However, during the Flyers only game in March Madness, the defense collapsed frequently leaving Syracuse with backdoor plays on multiple occasions with no one to be found in the post. With McElvene’s defensive record, his presence in the post could’ve made it a much closer game. RIP Big Steve

      Grade: B-

       

      Charles Cooke

      Charles Cooke contributed most to time points by a landslide averaging 15.6 points per game. Cooke had an amazing season overall including a three-point percentage of 40%. However, Cooke’s free-throw percentage was as low as 68% with 167 attempts. With a 40% three-point percentage the free-throw percentage should probably be a little higher.

      Grade: B+

       

      Dashawn Pierre

      Everything about Pierre’s season was solid and respectable including an average of 12 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and an 85% free-throw percentage. The 2015-2016 season was all around a great season for Pierre.

      Grade: A

       

      Scoochie Smith

      Schoochie Smith had a decent season with an average of 4.3 assist per game and 11.7 points per game. However, Smith’s only downside was his free-throw percentage of 67% with 141 attempts. Other than free throws, Smith had a very respectable season.

      Grade: A-

       

      In the end, the Dayton Flyers had a very successful season. Besides free throws, the Flyers had great stats looking back on last year. Dayton has three returning starters on the roster, which gives great hope and potential looking ahead at this coming season.

       

      Go Flyers!

       

      Will Cammack

      Dayton ‘20

      Photo: thescore.com

    29. Why My Team Didn’t Win the Championship: Dayton Flyers May 25, 2016 Alex Handorf

       

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

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      The Dayton Flyers finished their season at 25-8 (14-4 A10) and won the regular season title in the Atlantic 10. They had a very disappointing end to the season as they were dismantled in the first round of the NCAA tournament by Syracuse, a Final Four team. This was a rematch of the 2014 Round of 32 game that the Flyers won so the Orange were definitely looking for some revenge. One of the major issues that the Flyers dealt with in this game was the constant missing of layups and dunks. I think that some of this could be credited to either lack of conditioning or just a bad shooting day. As for why the Flyers didn’t win the NCAA Tournament, they had a few issues during the season and towards the end.

      Injuries to Kendall Pollard

      In my mind, this was definitely the biggest reason as to why the Flyers weren’t able to win the championship. Kendall Pollard, a junior forward from Chicago, might have been the most integral part of this team, an X-factor if you would. When you lose someone like this for a decent amount of time, the team starts to become affected by it. Pollard missed his first two games of the season in January. One of them was a win against UMASS and the other was an awful loss to La Salle, the worst team in the conference. Pollard would play the next eight games but then sit the following four. The team was 3-3 in games that Pollard did not play. This team only lost 8 games and 3 of them Pollard didn’t play in. That is pretty significant. After he missed his second set of games, he didn’t seem like himself for the rest of the year. He was never 100% and didn’t really seem to play very well. The injuries, ranging from a bone bruise in his knee, to a shoulder issue, to a leg issue and then to a wrist issue during the A10 tournament, really hurt Pollard’s chances of becoming the go to guy late in the year. He tried to make it that way but you could tell he was hurting. This forced Archie’s hand to play Freshmen Sam Miller and Steve McElvene who couldn’t stay out of foul trouble. Kendall was one of, if not the best all-around player on this team. His injuries and lack of effectiveness towards the end of the year was the main reason the Flyers didn’t win the National Championship.

      Lack of Focus/Fatigue Late in the Season

      One of the things that left me dumbfounded was in the tournament game against Syracuse. This is a team that I have seen play through any and everything and they seemed like they didn’t want to be there. They only shot 32% from the field and 47% from the free throw line. I think you have to tip your cap to Syracuse in this game too as they completely shut down every facet of the Flyers’ game. The lack of shooting could have been a bit of lack of focus and fatigue combined. Late in the year, Archie went to a 7-8 man rotation and I think that this really affected the team. My thought was that they needed to play 10-11, but play the extra guys minimal minutes just to get the regulars a rest.

      The Flyers have been to three straight NCAA Tournaments now and they only lose two players going into next year. Charles Cooke announced last night that he will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to Dayton for his senior season. Dyshawn Pierre’s role with the team will need to be filled as well as the late Steve McElvene’s.

      Steve McElvene

      This has nothing to do with why the Flyers didn’t win the championship. This has to do with a guy that I think needs to be recognized on and off the court for what he was becoming. Big Steve died in his home on Thursday, May 12th from an enlarged heart. This kid was fun to watch on the basketball court. You could get so frustrated with him and then be extremely happy with what he was doing in the span of 30 seconds. He came in to the University of Dayton two years ago at 300+ pounds and was only partially eligible to play because of academics. This meant he could practice with the team but not play in games. Steve did everything that the staff wanted him to including drop anywhere between 50 and 80 pounds to get into playing shape. As Archie Miller said in his eulogy at his funeral, Big Steve was turning everything around. He was finally realizing his potential on the court and in the classroom and he was going to be a force to reckon with. Archie said that he had never seen a kid raise his GPA between his freshman and sophomore year that much. He was doing everything right. The best thing about Big Steve was his attitude and how happy he always was. I don’t think I ever saw the kid without a smile on his face. He would always be joking around with people and it was great. Rest in peace Big Steve. You’re gone, but not forgotten.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzZiUN8fg-c

      https://twitter.com/CBSSportsNet/status/708737329297498112

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    30. #10 Syracuse Upsets #7 Dayton March 18, 2016 Alex Handorf

      #10 Syracuse Orange: 70  #7 Dayton Flyers: 51

      The 7 seed Dayton Flyers headed to St. Louis, Missouri to take on the 10 seed Syracuse Orange in the First Round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. This was a rematch of the 2014 round of 32 game that sent the Flyers to the Sweet 16. The Flyers looked like they were trying to make a statement early in the game as it seemed very easy for them to score. They took a 14-8 lead over the Orange 8 minutes into the game. Syracuse was struggling to make anything work and were missing contested shots left and right. The Flyers, on the other hand, were missing open shots, most of them being bunnies. The teams traded buckets for a while but Syracuse was able to take a lead with a little over 4 minutes to go into the half. The Flyers brought it back but ended up trailing 30-28 at halftime. Syracuse came out of the locker room on fire. They would go on a 26-5 run over the first 13 minutes of the second half to take a 56-33 lead. Ballgame. The Flyers seemed very uninterested during the second half and that did not help them. Dayton was able to cut the lead to 14 with 2:22 but it was too little too late.

      X-Factor

      The X-Factor in this game would have to be freshman guard Malachi Richardson from Syracuse. He was a very big part of Syracuse’s success in both halves. He had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. He seemed to always get open and hit a few big shots to get the run in the second half going for the Orange.

      Why Syracuse Won this Game

      Syracuse won this game with great defense and rebounding. The Orange have always played a 2-3 zone and teams know this but still really struggle to play against it. The Flyers seemed very scared to attack the zone to be honest. There were multiple times where they’d have to heave a shot from 30+ feet because they wouldn’t attack the zone. The way to beat the 2-3 zone is to get the ball to the man at the free throw line or on the elbow. The Flyers were really struggling with this and when they did happen to get it into that guy, they weren’t able to do anything with it. The Orange absolutely dominated the boards and that was a huge reason for their success. They were able to grab 16 offensive rebounds which led to 16 second chance points. Syracuse outrebounded Dayton 48-28.

      Star of the Game

      The star of the game in my book had to be junior forward Tyler Roberson from Syracuse. This guy was an absolute beast on the boards all day. He only averages 8 rebounds on the year but he was able to pull down 18, including 8 offensive boards, today. He also had 10 points and 3 steals and played all but 2 minutes.

      Dud of the Game

      The dud of the game today was sophomore guard Darrell Davis from Dayton. He went 0-5 from the field and 0-3 from the three point line. He airballed every three that he took. He also seemed very lost on defense a lot. There were multiple times where he was either out of place or just seemed really lazy. He only played 13 minutes but it showed when he was on the court.

      Stat of the Day

      The stat of the day for this game isn’t something that you normally look at and doesn’t necessarily have a statistical percentage to it. The stat that absolutely blew me away was that Dayton missed 15 dunks/layups in this game. If the Flyers were able to convert on even half of these, it changes the whole dynamic of the game. A lot of the layups were also uncontested. The Flyers just weren’t able to finish today.

      Final Thoughts

      Syracuse caught Dayton on an off night and played one of, if not their best games of the season. Sometimes that is just how the cookie crumbles. I give all the credit to the Orange for completely outplaying the Dayton Flyers. Like I said before, the Flyers seemed like they didn’t want to be there at times in the second half. It seemed like their heads just weren’t in it and that really befuddles me. Syracuse wanted this game more, plain and simple, and it really showed during the game. Syracuse advances to play Sunday at 6:10PM. The 15 seed Middle Tennessee State upset the 2 seed Michigan State earlier today so Syracuse will take on Middle Tennessee State.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    31. Preview: #7 Dayton vs #10 Syracuse March 15, 2016 Chris Broderick

      Overview
      In a year where the selection committee made some questionable decisions, this matchup was not an exception. Sitting firmly on the bubble going into Selection Sunday, the Orange were shockingly given the 10 seed in the Midwest region. Dayton is coming off a regular season A-10 championship and meets Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the past three seasons. The last time the Flyers and Orange met was in the 3rd round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, which Dayton won 55-53. The game will air on CBS at 12:15 on Friday, March 18.

      Match-Up to Watch: Smith vs Gbinije
      The match-up I am most excited to see is between guards Scoochie Smith and Michael Gbinije. Gbinije’ tough defense will be a difficult match for Smith’s incredible speed. Scoochie can tear through the 2-3 zone of Syracuse if he is not held in check. Michael Gbinije has been lights out from behind the arc for the Orange all season shooting just over 40%. It will be interesting to see if the Flyers will be able to shut down Gbinije, who averaged just under 20 points per game in the last month.

      X-Factor for Dayton: Size Down Low
      While Dayton isn’t necessarily the tallest team, they do have a size advantage at the center position. Redshirt freshman Steve McElvene, listed at 6’11”, can prove to be a big problem for the Orange. Anyone will be able to tell you that the Orange’s biggest struggle is their play in the post. Big men DaJuan Coleman and Tyler Lydon have had difficulties all season defending down low. If Dayton can get the ball inside to McElvene, they will be able to control the game.

      X-Factor for Syracuse: Raining Threes
      As previously stated, Syracuse is effectively non-existent in the post. No matter what they do, the Orange cannot get anything done inside. However, they were effective shooting the three. They rode the hot hand from behind the arc on the way to wins over Duke and Notre Dame in the regular season. Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson, and Tyler Lydon are all three point threats so the Flyers must shut down the perimeter if they wish win this game.

      Key Stat: Free Throw %
      In researching these two teams, I made an interesting discovery. Dayton and Syracuse are two of the worst free throw shooting teams in all of Division I basketball. Out of 351 Division I programs, Syracuse (68.3%) and Dayton (67.3%) rank numbers 236 and 271 respectively. If the game is close down the stretch, free throws may take on an even more important role.

      Prediction
      Both teams have struggled down the stretch, but Syracuse has struggled more. The Flyers move on to the Round of 32 with a 75-70 win.

      Chris Broderick

      Syracuse University Class of 2018

    32. Dayton’s A10 Tournament Wrap Up March 14, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Ron Thaman

      Game 1: Dayton Flyers – 69  Richmond Spiders – 54

      The Dayton Flyers were the number one seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and it definitely showed against the number 9 seed Richmond Spiders. The Flyers opened up the game on a 20-4 run that eventually turned into a 27-7 run. The Spiders looked extremely tired and it really showed on the scoreboard. Richmond was playing its second game in as many days. The Flyers, who hadn’t played for 6 days, looked very rested. Dayton dominated every aspect of this game and they never trailed.

      The Spiders were held to only 31.6% (18-57) from the field, 25% (5-20) from the three point line and 68.4% (13-19) from the free throw line. They had 30 rebounds and only 6 assists to 13 turnovers. They also managed one block and 6 steals. Leading the way for Richmond was junior forward TJ Cline who had 25 points and 6 rebounds in 32 minutes.

      The Flyers shot 44.4% (24-54) from the field, 21.4% (3-14) from the three point line and 72% (18-25) from the charity stripe. Dayton had 48 rebounds and 14 assists to 16 turnovers. They also swatted 6 shots and had 7 steals. Not a single Flyer played more than 28 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke led the way for the Flyers with 14 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 11 points and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 10 points and 14 rebounds in 27 minutes.

      The Flyers would advance to face the number 4 seed St. Joseph’s Hawks. The Hawks came back from an 18 point deficit to beat the number 5 seed George Washington Colonials later that night.

      Photo Credit – Ron Thaman

      Game 2: St. Joe’s Hawks – 82  Dayton Flyers – 79

      The Hawks from St. Joe’s needed a statement game and a big win because of the fact that they were on the bubble. They did exactly what was needed and upset the number one seed Dayton Flyers. You could tell fatigue was starting to set in as the two teams combined to go 1-10 from the field to start the game. The Flyers were able to take an early 11-4 lead but that would be the largest lead they’d have all game. The two teams traded buckets for most of the first half until St. Joe’s finished the half on a 12-0 run to take a 37-30 lead into halftime. The Hawks were able to push the lead to 12 with 15:22 left in the game. Dayton cut the deficit to 3 with 6:50 to go. The Hawks then extended their lead to 12 with 54 seconds left but the Flyers never gave up. They had a few chances to really cut into the lead but they missed too many open shots. The Flyers had the ball down 5 with 12 seconds left but took too long to do anything. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre made a layup as the buzzer sounded.

      St. Joe’s shot 41.7% (25-60) from the field, 37% (10-27) from the three and 88% (22-25) from the free throw line. The Hawks grabbed 40 rebounds and had 15 assists to 16 turnovers. They also had 3 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for the Hawks was senior forward Isaiah Miles who had 26 points and 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. Senior guard Aaron Brown chipped in 16 points in 25 minutes. Graduate forward Papa Ndao had a career high 14 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

      Dayton shot 45.5% (30-66) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three point line and 72.2% (13-18) from the free throw line. The Flyers had 36 boards and 16 assists to 14 turnovers. They also had 6 blocks and 9 steals. The Flyers dominated the paint, outscoring the Hawks 48-22. Leading the way for the Flyers was Dyshawn Pierre who had 22 points and 5 assists in 30 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith recorded his first career double double with 14 points and a career high 11 assists in 38 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke had 13 points and 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Junior forward Kendall Pollard chipped in 11 points in 22 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene broke the Flyers single season record for blocks. He had 2 which pushed his total to 56 on the season.

      Tournament Winner and NCAA Bids

      St. Joe’s beat the VCU Rams in the Atlantic 10 Championship game by a score of 87-74. The Atlantic 10 put three teams into the tournament this season as Dayton received a 7 seed, St. Joe’s received an 8 seed and VCU received a 10 seed. Saint Bonaventure was snubbed from of the tournament with an RPI of 30. All three teams will be in action Friday, March 18th. (7) Dayton takes on (10) Syracuse at 12:15PM on CBS, (8) St. Joe’s plays (9) Cincinnati at 9:57PM on TRUTV and (7) Oregon State plays (10) VCU at 1:30 PM on TNT.

    33. Preview: #8 St. Joseph’s vs #9 Cincinnati March 14, 2016 Zach Beeler

      #8 St. Joseph’s vs #9 Cincinnati

      Thursday March 18, 9:57 PM ET

      Tru TV

      In this first round match up, I think we have one of the best games of the day. Both of these teams are more than capable of giving Oregon a tough game, and this is a fitting audition to do so. So without further ado, lets break down St. Joe’s vs Cincinnati.

      Overview

      After losing two straight games to end the regular season, St. Joe’s ran off three in a row to win the Atlantic 10 tournament, beating fellow NCAA Tournament team Dayton on that path. Cincinnati lost in their first American Athletic Conference game after Connecticut hit a miracle 60-foot shot in the third overtime to send it to a fourth, where they eventually prevailed. However, this Cincinnati team is as gritty as they come. According to Kenpom, the Bearcats rank as the 8th most efficient defensive team in the country. They like to slow the game down and really make their opponent work for every the whole 40 minutes. On the other hand, St. Joe’s has a few guys that can really fill it up in Isaiah Miles and DeAndre Bembry. Bembry will play in the NBA someday, and will probably be the most talented player on the court.

      Why St. Joseph’s Wins

      The Hawks take care of the ball and manage to crack the Bearcat defense. St. Joe’s only turns the ball over on 14.3% of their possessions, good for fourth in the country. They are a veteran team with a lot of experience, and they are poised under pressure. Patience will be key for the Hawks, and they’ll need a lot of it if they want to win this game. However, all the pieces are in place to crack the defense. Experience, a dominant big man in Isaiah Miles and a go to player in DeAndre Bembry. If Bembry comes out making plays right away, I think that it bodes well for St. Joseph’s chances.

      Why Cincinnati Wins

      The Bearcats get a balanced offensive effort and dominate the glass. Cincinnati has four players that average 10 or more points per game. This can make it tough to defend in the NCAA Tournament, where there isn’t one guy to key in on defensively. Instead, St. Joe’s will have to defend the whole lineup against a team they haven’t seen or had time to scout this year. Along with a balanced effort on the offensive side, Cincinnati needs to dominate the glass. The Bearcats average 39.4 rebounds per game, good for just .7 more rebounds per game. However, for a team that doesn’t shoot extraordinarily well (43%) and doesn’t have a go to guy second chance points and limiting second chance points could be huge.

      Prediction

      I think this could be the most competitive game in the first round. Both of these teams have legitimate cases to win, and both have enough talent to give Oregon all they want in the second round. However, I think that DeAndre Bembry and company get it done and get the shot at the #1 seed Ducks in the second round. I think that he is talented enough to break a scrappy Cincinnati defense and send the Hawks to the second round. Look for a close game, but I think the Hawks do just enough to get a victory.

      -Zach Beeler

      Indiana University Class of 2018

    34. Postgame: Flyers Beat VCU in a Defensive Struggle to Clinch Regular Season Title March 7, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

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      Dayton Flyers: 68  VCU Rams: 67  OT

      Going into Saturday, the Flyers were in a three way tie with St. Joe’s and Saint Bonaventure for second place in the Atlantic 10. VCU was sitting at the top by themselves. For Dayton to clinch the number one seed in the A10 tournament and an A10 regular season championship, they would have to beat VCU and get a little bit of help. The key game that needed to go the Flyers way was Duquesne at St. Joe’s. Duquesne, who is a middle of the pack A10 team, seemingly had no chance to beat St. Joe’s on their senior day. The Dukes of Duquesne were able to pull off the upset at St. Joe’s and all the Flyers had to do was beat VCU. The scene was set and the opportunity was there for the Dayton Flyers to win their first A10 regular season championship since the 03-04 season. In front of a sold out crowd in the Dayton Decibel Dungeon, the Flyers rose to the occasion and were able to squeak out a victory in overtime against VCU. Senior forward’s Dyshawn Pierre and Bobby Wehrli were honored before the game as it was senior night in Dayton.

      VCU came ready to play and I think Dayton had some nerves early. VCU took an early 9-0 lead as they hit three of their first 4 shots in the first two minutes of the game. At the 16:45 mark, junior forward Kendall Pollard got the Flyers on the board. Dayton would keep chipping into the lead until the 7:49 mark when junior guard Scoochie Smith hit a 3 to tie the game at 19. The rest of the first half was back and forth and the Rams would take a 28-26 lead in to the half. For the first 18 minutes of the second half, both teams would trade baskets as neither team could get any kind of lead. With 1:16 left to go, sophomore forward Justin Tillman would grab an offensive rebound for VCU. He was fouled by Dayton forward Dyshawn Pierre. Pierre would foul out on this play and the Flyers would go down 54-51. With 48 seconds left, Flyer big man Steve McElvene missed a bunny and fouled VCU junior forward Mo Alie-Cox. Alie-Cox split the pair of free throws putting the Rams up 55-51. Junior forward Kendall Pollard was then fouled on the very next possession and he would make both free throws for the Flyers, cutting the lead to 55-53. After VCU junior guard Doug Brooks missed two free throws on the ensuing possession, Scoochie Smith drove the lane and made a lay up tying the game at 55 with 11 seconds to go. VCU would miss two shots and the game would go to overtime.

      With 3:22 left in overtime and the Flyers down 1, Kendall Pollard would foul Justin Tillman. This would be Pollard’s 5th and final foul of the game. With two of their best players now disqualified from the game, the Flyers would play the gutsiest 3:22 of the season.  With 1:43 to go, VCU senior guard Melvin Johnson hit a jumper to put VCU up 66-62. Scoochie Smith would answer on the other end with 2 free throws to make it 66-64. Junior guard Charles Cooke would tie the game at 66 with 2 free throws 30 seconds later. With 27 seconds left, junior guard JeQuan Lewis would split a pair of free throws to put the Rams up 67-66 with 27 seconds to go. Junior guard Kyle Davis would answer the bell and make an acrobatic layup with 16 seconds to go to put the Flyers up 68-67. With 8 seconds left, VCU turned the ball over. On the ensuing inbound play, Kyle Davis made an errant pass that was stolen by VCU. Davis was able to steal the ball back and was fouled. He would head to the line with 6 seconds left but missed both free throws. With one second left, Melvin Johnson had an opportunity to win the game for the Rams. He got the ball on the three point line and threw up a contested fade-away three. He missed. FLYERS WIN!

      https://www.facebook.com/GoDaytonHoops/videos/10154026775782372/

      https://twitter.com/UDPride/status/706626964954677248

      https://twitter.com/20Rated_X/status/706332288771039232

      https://twitter.com/DyshawnPierre/status/706331969953595393

      https://twitter.com/DaytonMBB/status/706328066075840512

      https://twitter.com/RT_Ohio/status/706325149268754432

      VCU shot 34.3% (24-70) from the field, 25% (5-20) from the three point line and 51.9% (14-27) from the charity stripe. The Rams pulled down 52 rebounds and had 10 assists to 15 turnovers. They had 7 blocks and 3 steals. Leading the way for the Rams was senior guard Korey Billbury who had 16 points and 7 rebounds in 44 minutes. Melvin Johnson also chipped in 16 points. Mo Alie-Cox had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in 38 minutes. Justin Tillman came off the bench and provided a spark for the Rams. He had 12 points and 21 rebounds, 7 of which were offensive.

      Dayton shot 35% (21-60) from the field, 29.4% (5-17) from the three point line and 63.6% (21-33) from the free throw line. The Flyers had 48 rebounds and 15 assists to 12 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 9 steals. The Flyers were led by Scoochie Smith who had a career high 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 42 minutes. Charles Cooke had 13 points and 4 assists in 41 minutes. Kendall Pollard chipped in 12 points in 30 minutes.

      VCU (22-9) (14-4 A10) will head to the A10 tournament in Brooklyn, New York with the number 2 seed. They will face the winner of Rhode Island and UMASS on Friday, March 11th at 6:30PM.

      Dayton (24-6) (14-4 A10) will head to the A10 tournament in Brooklyn, New York with the number 1 seed. They will face the winner of Fordham and Richmond on Friday, March 11th at 12PM.

      Go Flyers!

    35. Postgame: Scoochie Smith’s Huge Second Half Lifts Flyers Over Richmond March 2, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Dayton Flyers: 85  Richmond Spiders: 84

      In a must win game for the Flyers, junior guard Scoochie Smith had a career game that led to a big win at Richmond. For the first time since February 9th, the Flyers had all of their players available. They have yet to lose a game this season with the full roster available (10-0). Dayton jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game. This is the first time that they haven’t struggled in the first few minutes in 3 games. With 8:49 left in the first half, sophomore guard Darrell Davis hit a three for the Flyers to break a tie and put them up 20-17. Then, Dayton started to look really sluggish. Over the next 4 minutes, the Spiders went on a 15-4 run to put them ahead 32-24. This was looking like another game where the wheels would just fall off for the Flyers. They would go into halftime down 37-32. Then Scoochie Smith decided that Dayton wasn’t going to have another bad loss on their resume. Scooch came out and scored the first 4 points of the second half to get the Flyers within one. The Spiders would then go on a couple little runs and all of the sudden led 58-47 with 11:39 left. The Flyers kept cutting the lead here and there and eventually tied the game up at 63 with 5:40 left. After junior guard Charles Cooke hit a free throw to make the game 64-63 Flyers, they didn’t lose the lead again. The end would still be a nail biter as Dayton didn’t stretch the lead out. There was a lot of back and forth from each team and a ton of free throws at the end of the game but the Flyers were able to pull it out. Scoochie Smith scored 24 of his career high 26 points in the second half. After the game, head coach Archie Miller said that junior forward Kendall Pollard was playing on one leg. Pollard returned a game ago because of left knee soreness. This is the first time the Flyers have won at Richmond since 2004. Dayton is now tied for second in the A10 with St. Bonaventure and St. Joe’s at 13-4.

      DaytonDailyNews writer David Jablonski with a couple tweets from the postgame conference.

      https://twitter.com/DavidPJablonski/status/704870539878408194

      https://twitter.com/DavidPJablonski/status/704870469565091840

      In case you missed it, CBSSports did a feature on Scoochie Smith before the game.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6O5YOfGuco

      Richmond shot 52.6% (30-57) from the field, 23.5% (4-17) from the three point line and 74.1% (20-27) from the free throw line. They had 23 rebounds and 18 assists to only 5 turnovers. The Spiders also had 2 blocks and 8 steals. Leading the way for Richmond was junior forward TJ Cline who had a career high 36 points in 29 minutes. Junior guard ShawnDre’ Jones had 20 points in 33 minutes. Senior forward Terry Allen had 16 points and 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.

      Dayton shot 58% (29-50) from the field, 60% (9-15) from the three point line and 64.3% (18-28) from the foul line. They had 34 rebounds and only 10 assists to 12 turnovers. The Flyers also had one block but were held without a steal for the first time in 83 games. Leading the way for Dayton was Scoochie Smith with 26 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes. Charles Cooke had 21 points and 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.

      The Spiders (15-14) (7-10 A10) will head to Fairfax, Virginia to take on George Mason Saturday, March 5th at 6PM.

      The Flyers (23-6) (13-4 A10) will head back home to take on VCU Saturday, March 5th at 8PM. This game could decide who wins the A10.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    36. Postgame: Flyers Outplayed by Rhode Island February 29, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      Follow him on Instagram @flyer_images

      Rhode Island Rams: 75  Dayton Flyers: 66

      In front of another sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena, the Flyers disappointed for the third time in four games. The Flyers finally got junior forward Kendall Pollard back but it was very clear that he was rusty. He went 2-10 from the field. He was missing a lot of bunnies that he normally finishes. I think it will take him a bit of time before he gets back into a rhythm. Dayton was without sophomore guard Darrell Davis. Davis’ uncle passed away earlier in the week. The Flyers struggled once again to come out and control the game. Rhode Island was on fire early. They started the game on an 11-0 run and hit their first 5 shots. The Flyers, on the other hand, came out the exact opposite. They didn’t get on the board until 15:19 left in the first half. They started off missing their first 5 shots. The Flyers were able to get the game to within 4 at the 7:41 mark in the first half but the Rams of Rhode Island kept pulling away. After a buzzer beater 3 by sophomore guard Jared Terrell, the Rams would take a 38-25 lead into the locker room. Dayton scored the first bucket out of the break but Rhode Island would continue to extend the lead. With 7:27 left, graduate student Four McGlynn hit a three to give the Rams an 18 point lead. The fans were restless and started to leave. A minute later, they pushed the lead to 19. The Flyers then woke up. They started playing full court defense and trapping the corners and it really worked. The Flyers went on a 12-0 run in the next few minutes to close the gap to 7, 65-58. The only problem was that it was a little too late. Rhode Island would extend the lead back to 10 on the next possession and the Flyers couldn’t answer anymore. Dayton never led in this game. Personally, I think this team is in trouble. They look very tired and they are starting to get lazy on defense. They are short on a lot of shots and don’t tend to drive to the basket as much as they used to. I don’t know what is going on, but whatever it is, it needs to be fixed soon or this team will have an early exit from the NCAA Tournament. The Flyers are now 3rd in the A10, tied with St. Bonaventure. The Flyers have clinched at least a top 4 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament which means they get a double-bye and will not have to play until the Friday of the tournament.

      Rhode Island shot 56% (28-50) from the field, 52.9% (9-17) from the three point line and 76.9% (10-13) from the free throw line. The Rams grabbed 29 rebounds and had 18 assists to 12 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 3 steals. Jared Terrell led the Rams with 18 points in 36 minutes. Four McGlynn had 16 points in 38 minutes. Sophomore guard Jarvis Garrett had 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. Junior forward Kuran Iverson had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 31 minutes. The X-factor for the Rams was clearly sophomore forward Andre Berry. Berry had scored a total of 19 points coming into this game. He ended up having 15 in only 13 minutes and didn’t miss a shot against the Flyers. Most of his shots were all wide open layups.

      Dayton shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 37.5% (6-16) from the three point line and 66.7% (14-21) from the free throw line. The Flyers grabbed 30 rebounds and had 13 assists to 9 turnovers. They also had 1 block and 6 steals. The Flyers dominated fast break points, 16-2. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre led the way for Dayton with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke had 16 points in 37 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes.

      The Rams (16-13) (8-8 A10) will head back home to take on UMASS Thursday, March 3rd at 7PM.

      The Flyers (22-6) (12-4 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia Tuesday, March 1st to take on Richmond at 7:30PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

       

    37. Postgame: Flyers Survive Scare at Saint Louis February 24, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – DaytonFlyers.com

      Dayton Flyers: 52  Saint Louis Billikens: 49 (OT)

      In one of the sloppiest games of the year, the Dayton Flyers were able to overcome a ton of miscues and get out of St. Louis alive. Junior forward Kendall Pollard missed his fourth straight game for the Flyers. Coach Archie Miller said that he will be out for an extended period of time. For the second straight game, the opponent got out to a quick lead forcing Archie Miller to call a timeout early. The Billikens were up 7-0 with 17:27 left in the first half. Flyer big man Steve McElvene answered the call immediately after the timeout to get the Flyers on the board. Junior forward Reggie Agbeko would hit a free throw a minute later for the Billikens to make the game 8-2 at the 16:05 mark. This is when the game really started to get interesting. The Flyers would turn the ball over 5 times on their next 10 possessions and neither team scored for the next 5 plus minutes. Finally, sophomore guard Darrell Davis made a shot for the Flyers to make it 8-4 Billikens with 10:46 left. The two teams would trade buckets until senior forward Bobby Wehrli was able to rebound a Charles Cooke shot and tip it in. This would put the Flyers up 13-12 with 6:06 left in the half. Senior guard Ash Yacoubou would make two free throws for the Billikens a few minutes later to end a 9-0 Dayton run. This ended a 6+ minute drought for the Billikens. Dayton would head into the half down 19-14. THIS IS NOT A MISPRINT. The Flyers came out in the second half and shot the ball a little better. The second half consisted of a lot of back and forth as neither team looked like they wanted to win the game. The Billikens took their biggest lead of the half at the 7:22 mark when sophomore forward Milik Yarbrough hit a three pointer to make it 42-33. The Flyers answered on the next two possessions with two buckets by Kyle Davis to make it 42-38 Billikens with 6:11 left. With 4:33 left, junior guard Scoochie Smith made a layup and was fouled. He made the free throw for the Flyers that tied the game at 43. With 1:10 left, Yarbrough hit one of two free throws for Saint Louis to take a two point lead. After Steve McElvene missed the front end of a one and one with just over a minute left, the Billikens drove down the court and missed a layup. Scoochie Smith grabbed the rebound for the Flyers and took it coast to coast to tie the game with 36 seconds left. The Billikens had two opportunities to take the lead but missed both shots. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had a decent look with 2 seconds to go but missed it. This sent the game to overtime. Kyle Davis hit a transition three with 3:29 left in overtime to give the Flyers a 49-46 lead. The teams traded free throws and with 2 minutes left, the Flyers had a 50-47 lead. After many missed opportunities for the Billikens, Scoochie Smith made two free throws to ice it for the Flyers. Saint Louis made a layup at the buzzer that didn’t matter and the game was over. The X-factor for the Flyers in this game was Bobby Wehrli. A former walk-on who averages 6.2 minutes a game, played 26 in this game. He had 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.

      https://twitter.com/UDPride/status/702342257354149888

      The voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, said it best after the game.

      https://twitter.com/larryhansgen/status/702349353692717057

      Dayton is tied for 1st in the A10 after VCU laid an egg at George Mason. VCU and St. Joe’s sit at the top with Dayton.

      Saint Louis shot 28.3% (15-53) from the field, 25% (6-24) from the three point line and 65% (13-20) from the free throw line. The Billikens were able to pull down 39 boards and had only 7 assists to 17 turnovers. They also had 3 blocks and 7 steals. Milik Yarbrough came off the bench and led the Billikens with 16 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Ash Yacoubou had 12 points and 6 rebounds in 38 minutes. Reggie Agbeko was huge in this game. He only had 11 points and 4 rebounds in 31 minutes but he was killing the Flyers in the pick and roll game.

      Dayton shot 31.7% (19-60) from the field, 24% (6-25) from the three point line and 53.3% (8-15) from the free throw line. This is the third straight game that the Flyers have taken 20+ threes. Dayton had 45 rebounds and only 7 assists to 17 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 7 steals. Scoochie Smith led the Flyers with 16 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. He also had 5 turnovers to only 1 assist. Kyle Davis came up big in the second half for the Flyers. He had 10 of his 13 points in the half. He also had 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal in 29 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre struggled shooting the ball (2-10 for 7 points) but came up big in other areas. He led the team in rebounds with 11 and had 2 assists and 3 steals in 41 minutes.

      Saint Louis (10-17) (5-10 A10) will head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on St. Joe’s Sunday, February 28th at 12PM.

      Dayton (22-5) (12-3 A10) will head back home to take on Rhode Island Saturday, February 27th at 12PM. The game is on ESPN2.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    38. Postgame: Flyers Drop Second Straight, Lose to St. Bonaventure February 21, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

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      St. Bonaventure Bonnies: 79  Dayton Flyers 72

      In front of a sold out crowd at UD Arena, the Flyers struggled for the second straight game and were unable to overcome some big leads that the Bonnies created. This is the first time in two years that the Flyers have lost two consecutive games. Junior forward Kendall Pollard missed his 3rd straight game because of left knee soreness. This team really tends to struggle when he is not playing. Pollard, who is 3rd on the team in scoring and 4th in rebounding, will be a very big contributor to this team if/when he returns. St. Bonaventure started this game on fire and it showed as they created a 10 point lead less than 4 minutes into the game, 15-5. Freshman forward Sam Miller, who started his third straight game for Pollard, picked up his 3rd foul with 3:05 left in the half. The Flyers cut the gap many times but couldn’t get close enough to tie or take the lead until there was 55 seconds left in the half. The Bonnies went two for one in the last 37 seconds and were able to retake the lead and head into the locker room up 40-36. The second half was very interesting as the Bonnies had the lead for most of it but the Flyers were never out of the game. They would continue to chip away at the lead but couldn’t string together enough good possessions to take any kind of lead. The biggest lead the Flyers had in the second half was 2 at the 13:11 mark. Sophomore guard Jaylen Adams would get a layup and one and the Bonnies would take the lead and never lose it again. The Flyers then tied the game at 72 and the University of Dayton Arena was rocking. With 36 seconds left, Jaylen Adams would come up big again for the Bonnies as he nailed a 3 pointer to put them up 3. The Flyers would then miss their next four shots and the Bonnies would pick up a huge conference win. Some people may have some questions for Head Coach Archie Miller after this game. After Sam Miller picked up his third foul in the first half, he never touched the floor again. The issue with this is the fact that Bobby Wehrli, who has been on scholarship the last year and a half because Dayton had an extra one open, saw the floor for 17 minutes. Miller and fellow freshman forward Xeyrius Williams saw the floor for a combined 8 minutes. My question is why is a converted walk on getting this many minutes when you have scholarship players? The other thing fans may be wondering is why Archie didn’t draw up any plays at the end of the game. Both of these issues are head scratching to me.

      Nothing was going Dayton’s way this game…. Even the cheerleaders were struggling.

      The Flyers are now tied for second in the Atlantic 10 with St. Joseph’s. They both trail A10 leader VCU by one game.

      St. Bonaventure shot 43.9% (25-57) from the field, 50% from the three point line and 73.1% (19-26) from the free throw line. They pulled down 37 rebounds and had 13 assists to 12 turnovers. The Bonnies were also able to block 3 shots and had 4 steals. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Jaylen Adams who had 31 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 40 minutes. Adams was a perfect 10 for 10 at the free throw line. Senior forward Dion Wright had 15 points and 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. Senior guard Marcus Posley had 12 points in 38 minutes.

      Dayton shot 41.1% (23-56) from the field, 23.8% (5-21) from the three point line and 77.8% (21-27) from the free throw line. The Flyers struggled from the three point line for a second straight game. They have now taken 52 threes in the last two games. They had 36 boards, 12 assists, 11 turnovers, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Leading the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 18 points in 29 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 12 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes. Steve McElvene came off the bench and had 12 points in 18 minutes.

      The Bonnies (18-7) (10-4 A10) will head back home to take on Duquesne Wednesday, February 24th at 7PM.

      The Flyers (21-5) (11-3 A10) will head to St. Louis, Missouri to take on Saint Louis Tuesday, February 23rd at 8PM. This is a must win game for them in my opinion. The Flyers beat Saint Louis 73-37 earlier this year at home.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    39. Postgame: Flyers Nine Game Win Streak Snapped at St. Joe’s February 17, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – DaytonFlyers.com

      St. Joseph’s Hawks: 79  Dayton Flyers: 70

      In front of a sold out crowd at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, PA, the Dayton Flyers struggled to do anything right Wednesday night as their 9 game win streak was halted by St. Joe’s. The Flyers were without junior forward Kendall Pollard for a second straight game because of left knee soreness. Head coach Archie Miller said after their win over Rhode Island Friday night that Pollard will be day to day for the rest of the season. The Hawks jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first minute and a half of the game which forced Archie Miller to get a quick timeout. The Flyers then went on a 7-0 run the take the lead 7-6 with 17:11 to go in the first half. With 9:01 left in the half and the score 22-21 favoring Dayton, St. Joe’s went on a 14-2 run to make the score 35-24 with 1:11 left in the half. The Hawks took a 36-27 lead into the half. In the second half, it seemed like every time the Flyers would get within 8, the Hawks would go on a mini run to counter it. With 11:43 left, St. Joe’s would take their largest lead of the game, 54-40. The Flyers would chip away and then the Hawks would hit a few shots and extend it. Dayton would get to within 5 with 3:49 left but wouldn’t get any closer. The major difference in this game were free throws as the Flyers only attempted 7 to the Hawks 24. According to DaytonFlyers.com, Dayton has not won at St. Joe’s since 2000. This game has set up a three way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10. Dayton, St. Joes and VCU all have an 11-2 record in the conference with 5 games to go.

      St. Joe’s shot 45.3% (29-64) from the field, 25% (5-20) from the three point line and 66.7% (16-24) from the free throw line. They pulled down 44 rebounds and had 17 assists to only 6 turnovers. They also had 3 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Hawks was junior forward DeAndre Bembry. Bembry, an NBA prospect, had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 minutes. Senior guard Aaron Brown had 14 points in 31 minutes. Senior forward Isaiah Miles had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. Freshman guard Aaron Brown and sophomore forward James Demery came off the bench and scored 13 and 12 respectively.

      Dayton shot 41.1% (30-73) from the field, 25.8% (8-31) from the three point line and an abysmal 28.6% (2-7) from the free throw line. They had 41 rebounds, 19 assists, 9 turnovers, 2 blocks and 4 steals. The Flyers were led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 35 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 11 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis and freshman big man Steve McElvene had 13 and 12 respectively.

      St. Joe’s (22-4) (11-2 A10) will head to Davidson, North Carolina to take on Davidson Saturday, February 20th at 2PM.

      Dayton (21-4) (11-2 A10) will look to regroup as they head back home to take on St. Bonaventure Saturday, February 20th at 12PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    40. Postgame: Darrell Davis’ Late Three Pointer Propels Flyers over Rhode Island February 13, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – DaytonFlyers.com

      Dayton Flyers: 68  Rhode Island Rams: 66

      In front of a nearly sold out crowd at the Ryan Center, the Flyers were able to prevail Friday night at Rhode Island in a nationally televised game thanks to a huge three pointer by sophomore guard Darrell Davis that put the Flyers ahead 67-66 with 20 seconds left. Dayton was without junior forward Kendall Pollard for the third time this year. He is considered day to day with left knee soreness. After the game, head coach Archie Miller said that Pollard could have played but they decided to rest him for this game. Freshman forward Sam Miller got his first career start in place of Pollard. Dayton jumped out to an early 16-8 lead that was quickly negated by a 9-0 run by the Rams in the next two minutes that put them up 17-16 with 10 minutes to go in the first half. The rest of the half was back and forth as neither team had a lead that was more than 4. The Flyers took a 37-33 lead in to the locker room. The Rams quickly erased this lead as graduate student Four McGlynn hit two threes in the span of 35 seconds which forced Archie Miller to get a quick timeout. With 16:56 left in the game, the Rams were up 40-37, but not for long. Freshman big man Steve McElvene made a layup that ignited an 11-0 run for the Flyers over the next 3 minutes to put them up 48-40. Dayton and Rhode Island then started trading buckets for a while until the Rams were able to tie the game at 56 with 4:30 to go. The Rams took a 66-64 lead with 40 seconds left as junior forward Hassan Martin completed an old fashioned three point play. With 20 seconds left, junior guard Scoochie Smith drove the lane and kicked it out to senior forward Dyshawn Pierre who immediately hit Darrell Davis in the corner for a wide open three pointer that he drained. The Rams had one last chance to win the game as McGlynn missed a double clutch shot from the elbow that was closely contested by junior guard Kyle Davis. Steve McElvene grabbed the rebound for the Flyers and was fouled immediately with 0.3 seconds left. He made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second one. Rhode Island center Earl Watson grabbed the ball and heaved it the distance of the court but he did not get it off in time and the Flyers would win. This game was an instant classic as the score was tied 11 times and there were 17 lead changes. This is the first time that Dayton has won at Rhode Island in 11 years. According to DaytonFlyers.com, Dayton has gone 76 consecutive games without two straight losses which is good for the third best streak in the NCAA behind only Villanova and Kansas.

      https://twitter.com/A10MBB/status/698327467782774784

      Rhode Island shot 45.6% (26-57) from the field, 47.1% (8-17) from the three point line and only 50% (6-12) from the free throw line. Their free throw shooting came back to haunt them as they missed 6 and only lost by 2. They had 26 rebounds, 11 assists, 11 turnovers, 6 blocks and 7 steals. Rhode Island had a clear advantage in points off turnovers, 22-10. The Rams were led by Four McGlynn who had 19 points (5-9 from three) in 38 minutes. Hassan Martin had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 38 minutes. Sophomore guard Jared Terrell had 14 points in 37 minutes and sophomore guard Jarvis Garrett had 13 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Garrett, who fractured his jaw in January, was wearing a Jason-like mask. The Rhode Island student section also decided to wear masks to support him.

       

      https://twitter.com/theScore/status/698337179982913536

      Dayton shot 52% (26-50) from the field, 40% (4-10) from the three point line and 80% (12-15) from the free throw line. They struggled to hold on to the ball as they had 18 turnovers. The Flyers had 34 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 blocks and 7 steals. Dayton had a solid advantage in bench points, 17-5. They were led by Dyshawn Pierre who had 17 points and 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 16 points in 31 minutes and Darrell Davis had 11 points in 21 minutes. In his first start, Sam Miller had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in a season high 30 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke struggled to find his shooting touch as he only had 8 points on 10 shots but made up for it with 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 33 minutes.

      The Rams (14-11) (6-6 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia to take on VCU Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30PM.

      The Flyers (21-3) (11-1 A10) who have won 9 straight, will head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, February 17th at 6PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    41. Postgame: Flyers Make Late Game Comeback to Beat Duquesne February 10, 2016 Alex Handorf

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      Dayton Flyers: 76  Duquesne Dukes: 74

      In front of a nearly sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena, the Dayton Flyers squeaked out a victory over the Duquesne Dukes Tuesday night. The Dukes jumped out to a 28-16 lead midway through the first half thanks to hot shooting by senior guards Derrick Colter and Micah Mason. The Flyers were in foul trouble early as senior forward Dyshawn Pierre and junior forward Kendall Pollard each picked up their second foul halfway through the half. This left the Flyers with freshman forwards Sam Miller and Xeyrius Williams. Neither play a lot of minutes but with the foul trouble that Pollard and Pierre got into and the lack of minutes for freshman big man Steve McElvene, who is still recovering from a virus, these guys had to step up. They did just that. Williams played 10 minutes in the half and Miller played 9. Miller ended the half with 8 points and 4 boards. He helped close the gap on the Dukes and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 35. The Flyers ended the half on a 19-7 run. Dayton started the second half on a 10-2 run but the Dukes of Duquesne wouldn’t go away. Fast forward to 8 and a half minutes left as the Dukes are clinging to a 1 point lead, 58-57. They would then go on an 11-0 run fueled by Mason and Colter to take a 12 point lead with just under 6 minutes to go. Don’t count the Flyers out though. They would answer right back and go on a 19-5 run of their own to end the game. During this run, the Dukes were held without a field goal. Their last 5 points were all free throws. Junior guards Kyle Davis and Charles Cooke were able to shut down Colter and Mason during this run. The Dukes were playing a two man game and no one else was touching the ball. Davis and Cooke forced some really bad shots late in the shot clock and forced a few turnovers also. Junior guard Scoochie Smith hit a three with 47 seconds left that would put the Flyers ahead for good. This was the biggest conference win to date in my opinion. The Flyers got punched in the mouth and got right back up. Coach Archie Miller loved the crowd and thought that they willed them to this victory.

      https://twitter.com/Archie_Miller/status/697257263287943169

      The Dukes shot 45.2% (28-62) from the field, 44% (11-25) from the three point line and 58.3% (7-12) from the free throw line. They had 39 rebounds, 18 assists, 11 turnovers and 3 blocks. The Dukes were led by Micah Mason and Derrick Colter. They each played the whole game and took 35 of the teams 62 shots. Mason had 27 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds while shooting 7 of 8 from 3. Colter had 21 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds while taking 21 shots. Sophomore forward TySean Powell chipped in 12 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in 25 minutes. Head coach Jim Ferry received a technical foul in the second half for arguing a call.

      The Flyers shot 42.4% (28-66) from the field, 29.4% (5-17) from the three point line and 53.6% (15-28) from the free throw line. Dayton pulled down 42 rebounds and had 18 assists to only 6 turnovers. They also managed 4 blocks and 5 steals. Offensively, the Flyers were led by Charles Cooke who had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 33 minutes. Defensively, they were led by Kyle Davis who did a great job shutting down Colter and Mason late. He had 15 points, all in the second half, 3 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. Dyshawn Pierre struggled shooting the ball but he made up for it elsewhere as he had 6 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and a block in 26 minutes.

      Kendall Pollard had a pretty nice “and one” dunk on Duquesne’s junior big man Darius Lewis.

      https://twitter.com/RT_Ohio/status/697238103967338496

      Duquesne (15-9) (5-6 A10) will head back home to take on UMASS Sunday, February 14th at 3PM.

      Dayton (20-3) (10-1 A10) will head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on Rhode Island Friday, February 12th at 7PM on ESPN2.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    42. Postgame: Dayton Takes Care of Business at George Mason in Dominating Fashion February 7, 2016 Alex Handorf

       #24 Dayton Flyers: 98  George Mason Patriots: 64

      The Dayton Flyers went into Fairfax, Virginia and played their best game of the season Saturday. The Flyers played two complete halves and absolutely dominated both ends to the floor. They were able to do this without freshman big man Steve McElvene who was too sick to play. Junior guard Charles Cooke violated team rules and did not start, but that did not seem to phase him. The Patriots opened up the game with a 5-2 lead but that wouldn’t last long. The Flyers would go on a 13-2 run and never look back. The Patriots were able to get it back to 5 but then the Flyers would extend the lead and George Mason would struggle for the rest of the game. Dayton took a 47-31 lead into the half. Early in the second half, there was a lot of back and forth as George Mason tried to stay in the game but the Flyers were just too dominant for the Patriots to do anything. The Flyers would eventually push the lead to 30 with 6:23 left on a three pointer by freshman forward Xeyrius Williams. Dayton would have their largest lead of the game at the 1:47 mark, 96-61. The Flyers are now 15-0 this season when leading at halftime. This win put the Flyers in a tie at the top of the A10 standings as VCU lost at home to George Washington earlier in the day.

      The Patriots were held to 36.8% (21-57) from the field, 36.8% (7-19) from the three point line and 62.5% (15-24) from the free throw line. George Mason, who leads the A10 in rebounds per game (41.2), were held to only 24. They also had 11 assists, 7 turnovers, 1 block and 2 steals. The Patriots were led by freshman guard Otis Livingston who had 21 points and 5 assists in 32 minutes. Freshman guard Jaire Grayer chipped in 11 points in 32 minutes.

      The Flyers were red hot all game as they shot 62.9% (39-62) from the field, 63.6% (14-22) from the three point line and 60% (6-10) from the free throw line. Dayton had 41 rebounds, 19 assists, 9 turnovers, 5 blocks and 5 steals. UD was led by Charles Cooke who came off the bench and had 24 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 24 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 15 points and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Junior forward Kendall Pollard had 13 points and 3 rebounds. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. In his first start of the year, sophomore guard Darrell Davis managed 8 points and 3 rebounds. Freshman guard John Crosby chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. The Flyers dominated the Patriots in bench points, 48-16.

      George Mason (8-15) (2-8 A10) will head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on Rhode Island Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM.

      Dayton (19-3) (9-1 A10) will head back home to take on Duquesne Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM. The Flyers won at Duquesne January 2nd 66-58.

    43. Postgame: Flyers Get Revenge on La Salle January 31, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

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      Remember that awful loss in early January to the La Salle Explorers who had an RPI in the 260’s at the time? The Flyers were able to avenge that loss Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena. This in no way replaces the loss to them earlier in the year, but it makes the Flyers feel a little better about themselves. The key to this game was junior forward Kendall Pollard, who missed that January 9th game at La Salle with a strained Achilles. According to David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News, Pollard did not practice all week because of knee soreness and some soreness in his Achilles. Jablonski also noted that Pollard returned from Chicago the night before the game. He was attending the funeral of his 18 year old cousin who committed suicide earlier in the week. With a heavy heart and no practice time for the week, Pollard came out and played one of his best games of the year. He had 18 points and 8 rebounds and was also able to shoot 8-12 from the free throw line in 30 minutes. Kendall seemed to be locked in and would not let the Flyers lose to this team again even though they flirted with disaster for most of the game. At the 8:25 mark in the second half, La Salle’s junior guard Jordan Price hit a 3 to make the game 46-42 Flyers. The Flyers would then go on 13-0 run. They would hold the Explorers to 0 points in over 8 minutes in this span. La Salle finally scored with 12 seconds left in the game but it was far too late as the Flyers would prevail 59-44. The Flyers have now won 6 straight conference games since their loss to La Salle on January 9th. According to DaytonFlyers.com, this was the second straight game that the Flyers have held an opponent under 45 points. The Flyers are 7-0 when giving up less than 60 points. This is the best start to a season that head coach Archie Miller has had with Dayton.

      The Explorers were held to 32% (16-50) from the field by the tenacious Flyers defense. La Salle shot 30.8% (8-26) from the three point line and 50% (4-8) from the free throw line. They had 23 rebounds, 10 assists, 9 turnovers, 1 block and 7 steals. La Salle was led by Jordan Price who had 17 points on 19 shots. He also managed 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes. Sophomore big man Tony Washington chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Explorers had 4 guys play 36 minutes or more as they don’t have much depth this year.

      The Flyers shot 48.8% (20-41) from the field, 42.9% (3-7) from the three point line and 61.5% (16-26) from the free throw line. The Flyers dominated the boards as they had 40 to La Salle’s 23. Dayton had 11 assists, 14 turnovers, 5 blocks and 4 steals. As mentioned above, the Flyers were led by Kendall Pollard. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 13 points and 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 12 points and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke was held under 10 points for the first time in 10 games as he only managed 6 points on 8 shots. The Flyers dominated points in the paint, 30-12 and second chance points, 17-4.

      The Explorers (5-14) (1-7 A10) will head home to Tom Gola arena to take on VCU Wednesday, February 3rd at 7PM.

      The Flyers (18-3) (8-1 A10) will have a week off before they head to Fairfax, Virginia to take on George Mason Saturday, February 6th at 6PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    44. Postgame: Strong Second Half Helps Flyers Overpower Saint Louis January 28, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      In front of a sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena, the Flyers were able to use a strong second half to manhandle the Saint Louis Billikens 73-37. After each team had managed just 10 points in the first twelve and a half minutes of the game, junior guard Scoochie Smith hit a three that would spark a 13-2 run that would put the Flyers ahead 23-12 with 2:09 left in the first half. The Flyers headed into the locker room only up 9 after an awful half by both teams. The Billikens were shooting 26.7% from the field at this point and the Flyers were only a little bit better at 37%. I don’t know what Archie Miller said to the Flyers at halftime, but boy did they come out like a house on fire. They would hit 8 of their first 9 shots and run away with the game. At the 16:05 mark in the second half, the Flyers had already built a 38-21 lead but it would only get worse for the Billikens. Dayton would then go on a 21 to 3 run to make the score 59-24. The lead for the Flyers would increase to 39 with just under two minutes to go. Saint Louis managed to have a second half that was just as bad as the first. Credit Dayton’s defense in this game as they held the Billikens to their lowest point total of the season.

      Saint Louis shot 27.3% (15-55) from the field, 12.5% (3-24) from the three point line and 36.4% (4-11) from the free throw line. The Billikens couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn tonight. They managed to pull down only 29 rebounds and had only 6 assists to 14 turnovers. Saint Louis also managed 4 steals. Junior forward Reggie Agbeko and sophomore guards Miles Reynolds and Davell Roby each had 6 points for the Billikens.

      Dayton shot 47.2% (25-53) from the field, 25% (5-20) from the three point line and 62.1% (18-29) from the free throw line. The Flyers pulled down 50 rebounds while having 15 assists to 10 turnovers. They also had 10 blocks and 3 steals. UD had a significant advantage in points in the paint, 34 to 18. Leading the way for the Flyers was junior forward Kendall Pollard who managed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in only 25 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 25 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene had 7 points, 7 rebounds and tied a school record with 6 blocks in 16 minutes.

      Saint Louis (8-12) (3-5 A10) will head back home to Chaifetz Arena to take on Duquesne Saturday, January 30th at 5PM.

      Dayton (17-3) (7-1 A10) will stay at home and take on La Salle Saturday, January 30th at 2PM. La Salle is the only team that has beaten UD in the Atlantic 10 this year so the Flyers will be looking for revenge.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    45. Postgame: Dayton Takes Care of Fordham Behind Cooke’s Career Performance January 25, 2016 Alex Handorf
      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      In the midst of a snow storm in the Bronx, New York, the Dayton Flyers had to adjust their travel plans a little bit but this did not affect them as they were able to take care of the Fordham Rams 64-50. The travel plans may have benefited the Flyers as they were able to get their a night earlier because of the impending storm. The Flyers opened the game on a 15-2 run that set the tone for the entire game. The Flyers would never trail in the game. There was a lot of back and forth action after this. The Flyers were never able to really pull away as their largest lead was 16 and the Rams never really made it all that close. The Flyers started the second half with the ball up 37-24. The lead would eventually be pushed to 16 but the Rams would keep it a game as they managed to trim the lead to 7 with 2:32 to go. They weren’t able to do anything more than that and the Flyers would get the win. Something to note for the Rams was that they used their last timeout with over 13 minutes to go in the game. Just over a minute after they did this, they had an inbounds play where they couldn’t get the ball in and tried to call a timeout that resulted in a technical foul.

      The Rams shot 37% (20-54) from the field, 20% (5-25) from the three point line and 62.5% (5-8) from the free throw line. They really struggled to shoot the ball all night. They had 28 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 6 steals. Fordham was led by senior forward Ryan Rhoomes who had 14 points and 6 rebounds in only 21 minutes. Senior guard Mandell Thomas managed only 11 points on 16 shots, 12 of which came from behind the three point line. Junior guard Jon Severe came off the bench and chipped in 10 points for the Rams.

      The Flyers shot 41.7% (20-48) from the field, 38.1% (8-21) from the three point line and 72.7% (16-22) from the free throw line. Dayton had 39 rebounds, 15 assists, 15 turnovers, 4 blocks and 9 steals. They were led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had a career high 26 points. He also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith returned home and had 14 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in 34 minutes. Scooch never fails to disappoint when he is playing in front of his friends and family from back home. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 12 points and 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis was the ultimate stat stuffer in this game as he had 5 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block.

      Fordham (11-7) (2-5 A10) will head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on Rhode Island Wednesday, January 27th at 7PM.

      Dayton (16-3) (6-1 A10) will head back home to take on Saint Louis Wednesday, January 27th at 7PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

       

    46. Postgame: Tale of Two Halves, Flyers Hang on at St. Bonaventure January 20, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – St. Bonaventure Athletics

      The Dayton Flyers traveled to Olean, New York for a second place match up in the Atlantic 10 against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The Bonnies packed the house for the Flyers, something they do not normally do. The first half was absolutely dominated by the Flyers. At the 10:10 mark, senior forward Dion Wright would hit a three for the Bonnies to pull within 6 points of the Flyers. The Bonnies would then go on a scoring drought for the next 7 minutes. During this time, the Flyers were able to put together a 19-0 run and the score was all of a sudden 40-15 Flyers with 3:24 left. Dayton would go into the half with a 45-18 lead. The lead would increase for the Flyers in the second half as it was 56-25 with 13:07 left and everything pointed to an easy ending and a 20+ point win for the Flyers. Not so fast. The Bonnies would go on a 27-9 run over the next 7 minutes and all of the sudden it was a 13 point game with just over 6 minutes to go. The Bonnies and Flyers would trade buckets for the next 4 minutes and the Flyers were up 15 (79-64) with just under 2 minutes to go. St. Bonaventure would finish the game on a 15-6 run. The Bonnies had the ball down 6 with 10 seconds to go when junior guard Charles Cooke was able to block a three pointer in the corner and seal the game for the Flyers. Dayton would prevail 85-79. The second half surge for the Bonnies was led by senior guard Marcus Posley and sophomore guard Jaylen Adams who combined for 50 points in the half. The Flyers surrendered 61 second half points. This is something that the selection committee won’t look at come March because the Flyers were still able to get the win, but this is another time that the Flyers have struggled to finish a game this year.

      St. Bonaventure shot 41.3% (26-63) from the field, 39.3% (11-28) from the three and 88.9% (16-18) from the free throw line. The Bonnies corralled 30 rebounds and had 9 assists to 14 turnovers. They also managed 1 block and 10 steals. The Bonnies were led by Marcus Posley who had 31 points in 38 minutes. Jaylen Adams chipped in 27 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 40 minutes. Dion Wright had 10 points and 8 rebounds in 40 minutes.

      Dayton shot 57.1% (28-49) from the field, 60% (9-15) from the three and 66.7% (20-30) from the free throw line. They were able to grab 33 rebounds and had 18 assists to 16 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 6 steals. The Flyers were led by Charles Cooke who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 36 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 31 minutes. Junior forward Kendall Pollard chipped in 11 points while managing 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis came off the bench and had 12 points in 22 minutes.

      The Bonnies (12-5) (4-2 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia to take on VCU Saturday, January 23rd at 2:30PM.

      The Flyers (15-3) (5-1 A10) will head to the Bronx, New York to take on Fordham Sunday, January 24th at 4PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

       

    47. Postgame: Flyers Take Care of Colonials Thanks to Huge Performance by Pierre January 15, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The Dayton Flyers took down the George Washington Colonials in front of 12,831 fans at the University of Dayton Arena. The Colonials would be without senior guard Joe McDonald while the Flyers junior guard and leading scorer Charles Cooke would return. The Flyers would be held scoreless for almost three minutes at the start of the game until senior forward Dyshawn Pierre hit a jumper in the paint. He would go on to score the first 8 points for the Flyers. Pierre, who returned in late December, hasn’t seemed his old self until tonight and it really showed. With 8:07 left in the first half, the Flyers would take a 23-15 lead and they seemed to be rolling. The Colonials would then go on an 11-0 run and take the lead at 26-23. This run was led by junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh who hit three threes in three straight possessions. The Flyers and Colonials would trade buckets until halftime and the Flyers would go into halftime with a 35-34 lead thanks to a Pierre three pointer with 4 seconds left in the half. No one could pull away in the second half as the teams continued to trade buckets. This was a typical A10 slug fest between two of the top teams in the conference. The Colonials had a 8-1 run early in the second half that would give them a 4 point lead with 13:42 left. The Flyers would eventually answer and tie the game at 61 with 7:08 to go. The Flyers wouldn’t relinquish the lead for the rest of the game. The lead was never bigger than 8 for either team during the whole game and the Flyers were able to knock down enough free throws at the end to win the game 77-70. George Washington coach Mike Lonergan received a technical foul with 16:31 remaining in the game for arguing with a ref.

      George Washington shot 47.4% (27-57) from the field, 50% (11-22) from the three and an embarrassing 33.3% (5-15) from the free throw line. The Colonials pulled down 40 rebounds, had 23 assists, 15 turnovers, 4 blocks and 3 steals. The Colonials were led by Cavanaugh who had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes. Senior forward Kevin Larsen had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Senior forward Patricio Garino had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes.

      Dayton shot 42.6% (26-61) from the field, 40.9% (9-22) from the three and an astounding 94.1% (16-17) from the free throw line. The Flyers only had 29 rebounds but still managed to get the win. They had 15 assists to only 6 turnovers. UD also had 4 blocks and 8 steals. The Flyers had a significant advantage in fast break points, 15-4. The Flyers were led by Dyshawn Pierre who had 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 0 turnovers in 33 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke had a rough night shooting the ball as he had only 15 points on 16 shots. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 30 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene came off the bench for the second straight game and had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 9 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in 30 minutes.

      George Washington (14-4) (3-2 A10) will head back home to Washington, D.C. to take on Rhode Island on Friday, January 22nd at 7PM.

      Dayton (14-3) (4-1 A10) will head to Olean, New York to take on Saint Bonaventure Tuesday, January 19th at 7PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    48. Postgame: Flyers Bounce Back, Get Big Win Over Davidson January 13, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      Junior guard Scoochie Smith pulled himself out of a three game slump and led the Flyers to a 80-74 victory over the Davidson Wildcats. The Flyers were without leading scorer, junior guard Charles Cooke, due to an oblique injury he suffered in practice on Monday. Junior forward Kendall Pollard was able to return from an Achilles injury though. The Wildcats started the game off on a 5 to 0 run but Scoochie answered with two consecutive three pointers and you could tell he was already going to have a great game. The first half was very back and forth as neither team could create a lead larger than 5 and the Wildcats would go into the locker room up 36-33. The Flyers came out of the break like a house on fire. Dayton would go on a 31-10 run to start the half including a 19-0 run that would make the lead 64-46 with 7:46 left in the game. The Flyers and Wildcats would then trade baskets until there was 53 seconds left. During this trading of baskets, junior guard Jack Gibbs would hit 4 straight three pointers for the Wildcats but the Flyers would answer on three of the four possessions with points of their own. This game then got very interesting. The Wildcats cut the Flyers lead to 4 with 14 seconds left. Scoochie would then hit 2 free throws that put the game out of reach as the Wildcats missed 2 three pointers on their last possession. The Flyers have had some issues with closing out games this year and this could be seen as another one of those games they struggled late in.

      The Wildcats shot 39.3% (24-61) from the field, 36.1% (13-36) from three and 76.5% (13-17) from the free throw line. They grabbed 35 rebounds, had 17 assists, 9 turnovers, 2 blocks and a steal. Jack Gibbs led the Wildcats in scoring with 31 points on 23 shots. He also had 6 assists in 38 minutes. Sophomore forward Peyton Aldridge had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Sophomore guard Jordan Watkins came off the bench for the Wildcats and had 11 points, 3 boards and 2 assists in 26 minutes.

      The Flyers shot 51.8% (29-56) from the field, 45.8% (11-24) from the three and 68.8% (11-16) from the free throw line. They managed 36 rebounds, had 14 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Dayton had a pretty good edge in points in the paint (28-14) which really helped them win this game. Scoochie Smith had 18 points and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had his first double double of the season as he had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 31 minutes. In his return, junior forward Kendall Pollard had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 28 minutes.

      Davidson (10-5) (2-2 A10) will head back home to take on UMASS Saturday, January 16th at 12:30PM.

      Dayton (13-3) (3-1 A10) will stay at home and take on George Washington in a big A10 matchup Friday, January 15th at 7PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    49. Postgame: Flyers Drop Tough Game at La Salle January 11, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – David Jablonski

      The La Salle Explorers came away victorious in a game they needed to win against the Flyers. La Salle had lost 7 straight games before catching the Flyers on an off game and beating them 61-57. This game was a back and forth affair all night. Every time that the Flyers seemed to take control of the game and get a wider lead, the Explorers would fight back and not let Dayton extend their lead. One of the major things that kept La Salle in the game was the fact that they would sit on the ball constantly. They would have their point guard stand near half court until there was about 8 seconds left on the shot clock. The Explorers did this for a good chunk of the game and it really seemed to be working for them. They used this to head into the locker room with a 28-27 lead. The first part of the second half seemed very similar to the first as it was back and forth but the Flyers would go on an 11 to 4 run to take a 43-36 lead with 8:35 left in the game. It seemed as if the Flyers would finally put away the Explorers but La Salle answered right away going on their own 13 to 4 run to regain the lead 49-47 with 4:23 left. The lead would go back and forth but the Explorers took a 53-52 lead with 2:32 left and wouldn’t trail again. La Salle was able to do this while playing only 6 people, one of which only played 15 minutes. There were some head scratching decisions made by Dayton coach Archie Miller towards the end of the game. Freshman guard John Crosby was playing a ton of minutes late over sophomore guard Darrell Davis. Crosby seemed very out of control and didn’t help the team as he took many bad shots. Davis is the better option on the floor at the end of games because of his ability to shoot the ball but Miller went with Crosby for some reason. Something worth noting is that junior forward Kendall Pollard did not play for a second consecutive game for the Flyers due to an Achilles strain.

      The Explorers shot 43.5% (20-46) from the field, 33.3% (5-15) from the three point line and 76.2% (16-21) from the free throw line. They were able to pull down 32 rebounds while having 12 assists and 10 turnovers. La Salle also blocked 4 shots and had 4 steals. The Explorers dominated the paint as they outscored the Flyers 24-12 in that category. Every starter for La Salle scored in double digits. They were led by junior guard Jordan Price who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in 38 minutes. Sophomore Amar Stukes and junior guard Cleon Roberts each played all 40 minutes while putting up 13 points and 10 points respectively.

      The Flyers shot 30.9% (17-55) from the field, 28% (7-25) from the three point line and 66.7% (16-24) from the free throw line. The Flyers had 36 rebounds, 10 assists, 14 turnovers, 6 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke who managed 21 points and 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre was the only other Flyer to score in double figures. He had 12 points and 4 rebounds in 38 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had a very tough game as he finished 0 for 7 from the field. He managed 3 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds in only 25 minutes.

      The Explorers (5-8) (1-2 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia to take on the Richmond Spiders Wednesday, January 13th at 7PM.

      The Flyers (12-3) (2-1 A10) will look to bounce back at home against Davidson Tuesday, January 12th at 8PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    50. Postgame: Strong Second Half Helps Flyers Steamroll Minutemen January 7, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The newly ranked Dayton Flyers (25) put an absolute beat down on the Minutemen from UMASS 93-63 in the A10 home opener for the Flyers. The Minutemen took their one and only lead with 18 minutes to go into the first half when sophomore guard Donte Clark hit a three pointer to make the score 3-2. The Flyers held a 5 point lead with 12:50 left in the first half when freshman guard John Crosby sparked an 8-0 run that really hurt the Minutemen. The Flyers would go into the half up 40-24 and the lead would only balloon from there. UMASS never got the deficit under 16 points and the Flyers would cruise the rest of the way. John Crosby would have a break out game for the Flyers with 11 points and 5 assists. Crosby played a ton of garbage minutes because of the large lead the Flyers held but it was great to see him step up and let head coach Archie Miller know that he is an option at point guard. Dayton only had one player play more than 30 minutes which is great. This will give some of the starters a bit of a rest going forward. UD was without junior forward Kendall Pollard because of an Achilles strain. Pollard is an integral part of this team and it will be interesting to see how long that he will be held out.

      UMASS shot 44% (22-50) from the field, 20% (3-15) from three and 66.7% (16-24) from the free throw line. They pulled down 24 rebounds and only had 7 assists to 16 turnovers. They also had 3 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for the Minutemen was senior guard Trey Davis who had 21 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Donte Clark also chipped in 21 points in 32 minutes. Graduate student Antwan Space contributed in every facet of the game as he managed 6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in a game high 34 minutes.

      The Flyers shot 56.7% (34-60) from the field, 44% (11-25) from three and 77.8% (14-18) from the free throw line. Dayton grabbed 36 rebounds and had 25 assists to only 12 turnovers. They also blocked 2 shots and had 7 steals. The Flyers dominated points off turnovers (26-8) and bench points (35-11). Leading the way for the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke. He had 18 points and 4 rebounds in only 19 minutes because of foul trouble. Big man Steve McElvene had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 21 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis, senior forward Dyshawn Pierre and John Crosby each totaled 11 points. Freshman Sam Miller also scored in double digits as he managed 10 points in 16 minutes.

      UMASS (8-6) (1-1 A10) will head back home to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday, January 9th at noon.

      Dayton (12-2) (2-0 A10) will head to Philadelphia to take on La Salle Saturday, January 9th at 2PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    51. Postgame: Flyers Take Care Of Duquesne in Ugly A10 Opener January 3, 2016 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      On the first day of A10 play, the Flyers picked up a very ugly win at Duquesne. When I say ugly, I mean really ugly. The Dukes of Duquesne shot 15.4% from the field in the first half while the Flyers from Dayton shot 5.9% from the three point line in the first half. The Flyers took only a 5 point lead into the second half, a lead that could have been much wider if they didn’t take 17 threes in the half. One thing that kept the Dukes close in the first half was their free throw shooting. They shot 11 of 13 from the line while the Flyers only had 5 attempts all half, making only two of them. In the second half, both teams shot a bit better but the end results were still ugly. For most of the second half, it was back and forth. The Dukes took the lead with 15:37 left in the game but Dayton junior guard Charles Cooke answered with a three pointer in the following possession and the Flyers would never lose the lead again. Even though they wouldn’t lose the lead, the Dukes kept it close as the Flyers did not have a lead above 7 until there was 1:42 left in the game. Both defenses seemed to play a pretty good game, limiting the opportunity for good shots on both sides. The big difference in the game came from bench as the Flyers outscored the Dukes 25 to 12 in this category. The Flyers would come away with a 66-58 win. It wasn’t pretty, but all that matters is the win at the end of the day.

      The Dukes shot 32.7% (17-52) from the field, 16.7% (2-12) from the three and 78.6% (22-28) from the line. They grabbed 44 rebounds but only had 8 assists to 18 turnovers. 8 assists is usually a low number, but when you only make 17 shots, it doesn’t seem as bad. They also had 3 blocks and 3 steals. The Dukes were led by senior guard Derrick Colter who had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. The downfall for Colter in this game was the fact that he turned the ball over 8 times. Junior big man Darius Lewis had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Sophomore forward Eric James led the Dukes in rebounding with 12. He also put up 7 points in 38 minutes.

      The Flyers shot 36.5% (23-63) from the field, 12% (3-25) from the three and 77.3% (17-22) from the line. This was statistically the worst shooting game this year for the Flyers and they still managed to pull out a win. The Flyers collected 39 rebounds while dishing out 16 assists and turning the ball over 10 times. Dayton swatted 4 shots and had 10 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke who put up 21 points in 27 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had a tough game shooting the ball as he only had 5 points on 9 shots but he distributed the ball very well. He had 6 assists to 0 turnovers. He also had 3 steals and 2 rebounds in 30 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis chipped in 9 points off of the bench as did freshman forward Sam Miller which is a season high for him.

      The Dukes (10-4) (0-1) head to Davidson, North Carolina to take on Davidson on Wednesday at 7PM.

      The Flyers (11-2) (1-0) head back home to take on UMASS Wednesday at 8PM.

       

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    52. Postgame: Flyers Survive in OT Against Arkansas After Squandering Huge First Half Lead December 31, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The return of senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had a great ending for him and the team as the Flyers were able to prevail in overtime against the Arkansas Razorbacks in front of a sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena. The Flyers are now 30-11 against the Power 5 conferences in the last nine years and have won 13 of their last 16 against the SEC. This win also marked Archie Miller’s 100th career win. Dayton opened up the game on a 11-0 run and it would get worse as the Flyers led 30-7 with 10:11 left in the first half. Game over right? Wrong.

      Things would start to get interesting as the Razorbacks would end the half on a 27-8 run to cut the Flyers lead to only 4 at halftime. This run was led by junior forward Moses Kingsley who led all scorers with 16 points in the first half on 5 of 7 shooting and 6 of 6 at the line. In the second half, the Flyers would push the lead to as much as 8 but it was mostly back and forth for the entire second half. The Razorbacks took their first lead of the game, 62-61, with 7:32 left in the game. Fast forward to 32 seconds left in the game where the Flyers have a 71-69 lead. The Razorbacks have the ball and sophomore guard Anton Beard drives the lane and misses a layup with 16 seconds to go.

      The Flyers would get the ball back and have the opportunity to pretty much put the game away with junior guard Kyle Davis at the free throw line. Davis misses both free throws and then fouls Anton Beard with 8 seconds to go. Beard then misses the front end of a 1 and 1 and Davis would be at the line again for the Flyers. Davis makes the first and misses the second. Senior guard Anthlon Bell hits a contested 3 with just over a second left for the Razorbacks and the game goes to overtime.

      The Flyers were 2 of 8 in the last six minutes of the game from the free throw line. In overtime, the Razorbacks would take a 4 point lead with 2:39 left. The Flyers would then go on a 7-0 run helped by two crucial Arkansas turnovers. The Flyers had a 82-79 lead with 12 seconds left. They would go on to win the game 85-81, but a couple more missed free throws made this game very interesting.

      The Razorbacks shot 45.9% (28-61) from the field, 33.3% (5-15) from the three and 71.4% (20-28) from the free throw line. Arkansas failed to make a three in the first half while attempting 6. They managed 39 rebounds and had 14 assists to 16 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 4 steals. The Razorbacks were led by Moses Kingsley who had 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal in a team high 40 minutes. Senior guard Jabril Durham had 12 points and 5 assists. Anton Beard and junior guard Dusty Hannahs came off the bench and chipped in 15 points and 13 points respectively.

      The Flyers shot 46.4% (26-56) from the field, 33.3% (8-24) from the three and 69.4% (25-36) from the free throw line. Dayton managed to pull down 36 rebounds and had 16 assists to 14 turnovers. This is only the second game this year that the Flyers have won while getting out rebounded. They also had 6 blocks and 7 steals. The Flyers were led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had 18 points and 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 15 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds in a game high 41 minutes. Junior forward Kendall Pollard had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis chipped in 12 points coming off of the bench.

      The star of the night in my opinion had to be senior forward Dyshawn Pierre who made his return after being suspended for the Fall semester. He managed 11 points, 4 rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. You could tell that the offense ran so much better when he was in the game. He was the missing piece to this Flyers team. When asked about Dyshawn Pierre after the game, coach Archie Miller had this to say about him, “I knew deep down inside, I was going to play Dyshawn Pierre as many minutes as I could. I just hope he can walk tomorrow.”

      https://twitter.com/UDFlyerNation/status/682635279430250496

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    53. A Non-Conference Rematch: Flyers v. Razorbacks December 29, 2015 College Pride Press

      This Wednesday, December 30th at 8:00 PM, the University of Dayton Flyers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. The game will be played at the University of Dayton Arena and it will be aired on the CBS Sports Network. The last time these two teams faced was during last year’s season as the Flyers were downed by the Razorbacks in non-conference play. UD lost by a score of 69-55, mainly at the hands of this year’s NBA first round draft choice Bobby Portis, the power forward who was selected 22nd overall by the Chicago Bulls. This game marks the end of non-conference play for the Flyers. As they look ahead to conference play, a win here would solidify their spot as a top team in the Atlantic-10.

      Dayton is hot off of a close win against the Miami University Redhawks, where a Kyle Davis jumpshot with three seconds left propelled the Flyers to a 64-63 victory. Charles Cooke’s scoring ability flashed once again as he chipped in 21 points. Something the Flyers need to improve on is their free throw shooting percentage, which has been dismal so far. Against the Redhawks, their FTSP was 56.3%, and their season average so far is 66.2%. As I can recall, late missed free throws have almost hurt the Flyers, as shown against the Redhawks and also in their win against Vanderbilt. The win left Dayton with an impressive non-conference record of 9-2, where the Flyers have had solid victories over Alabama and a ranked Vanderbilt team on the road thus far.

      On the other side of the scorer’s table, the Arkansas is coming off a dominating victory over the North Florida Osprey’s with a tally of 97-72, in which you may recall that the Osprey’s were the Flyer’s opponent on December 5th as Dayton won that game with a score of 86-71. Stand out Razorback’s forward Moses Kingsley led both teams in points and rebounds with 22 and 10 respectively. Kingsley also chipped in 5 blocks and 2 assists. The win moves the Razorback’s record in non-conference play to 6-5, where their most notable win comes against a lowly Northwestern State team where they managed to score 117 points to Northwestern’s 78.
      Wednesday’s matchup on paper should be favorable for the Flyers, as the kenpom.com rankings currently list UD as the 42nd overall team in college basketball, with Arkansas being ranked as the 82nd ranked team in basketball. On the other hand, the performances put on by the Flyer’s against teams such as Chattanooga and Miami of Ohio makes it seem as if they have had a history to playing down to their opponent’s levels. Odds keepers had Dayton winning by 12 points against Chattanooga, along with them also winning by 16 points against University of Miami. It was shown in both of those games that with UD losing to Chattanooga by 2 points, as well as UD beating Miami of Ohio by only 1 point, that playing down to their opponents has been a tangible idea.

      The key thing to look for aside from it potentially being a close game despite the statistics behind this game, is how Dayton will be looking to contain 6’10” sophomore forward Moses Kingsley who has been playing at an outstanding level this season. Kingsley on the season has been averaging the second most time played per game with 27.5 minutes, third most points per game with 16.1, and most rebounds per game with 10.3 on the Razorbacks. He is a walking double-double, and is a threat to take over the game at any given time.

      In Wednesday’s matchup between the Flyers and the Razorbacks, I am expecting a Flyer victory, although it will most likely be close with a score of 77-71. Dayton is Arkansas’ first real opponent of the year, and it doesn’t help that the game is at our beloved UD Arena which gives an unfair advantage to the Flyers every time a game takes place there. Go Flyers and Happy New Year.

    54. Postgame: Kyle Davis’ Late Jumper Propels Flyers Over Redhawks December 23, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      Dayton 64, Miami of Ohio 63

      With 2.1 seconds left, Dayton guard Kyle Davis got the ball in the corner, drove towards the lane and threw up a contested floater that went in. Miami Redhawks guard Eric Washington put up a half court prayer that was not answered and the Flyers prevailed 64-63 over their in state rival. This was one of those typical games that looks very ugly from start to finish between the Redhawks and the Flyers but all that matters at the end of the day is the W. The Flyers had plenty of issues in the first half for a second straight game. They shot 33.3% from the field, only making 9 shots in the half and were out rebounded. Miami shot the ball a lot better (58.3%) but only managed to have a two point lead going into the locker room. The Flyers came out of the locker room and went on a 17-5 run to take a 10 point lead with 15 minutes left. Many thought that this would be it for the Redhawks but they refused to go away. The scrappy bunch kept it very close during the rest of the game and even had a lead with a minute and a half to go. That all changed with 2.1 seconds left and the Flyers would come away with a huge win over a struggling Redhawks team. A big moment in this game was when Miami’s coach John Cooper was T’ed up early in the second half. Kyle Davis hit both of the technical free throws and that turned out to be the difference in the game. This could have been one of those really bad losses that the committee looks at in March. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre was expected to return tonight after his fall semester suspension but he was in street clothes and did not play.

      Miami shot 46.4% (26-56) from the field, 46.2% (6-13) from three and 71.4% (5-7) from the free throw line. They were able to pull down 32 boards, 13 of them being offensive. They had 10 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 7 steals. They outscored the Flyers bench 24-10. Eric Washington led the Redhawks in scoring with 15 points. He also had 5 assists but turned the ball over 6 times in 31 minutes. Senior guard Geovonie McKnight scored 12 points in 30 minutes of play and sophomore guard Abdoulaye Harouna came off the bench and chipped in 11 points.

      Dayton shot 47.9% (23-48) from the field, 40.9% (9-22) from three and an abysmal 56.3% (9-16) from the line. The Flyers pulled down 29 rebounds. This is the first time that the Flyers have been out rebounded this year and came away with a win. They had 15 assists, 15 turnovers, 7 blocks and 3 steals. Dayton was led by junior guard Charles Cooke who scored 21 points. He also had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, a steal and 5 turnovers. Kyle Davis had 12 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 27 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene scored 10 points and had 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in a season high 34 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith dealt with foul trouble most of the game and only managed 3 points and 4 assists.

      The Redhawks will head back to Oxford and take on South Carolina State Saturday, January 2nd at 3:30PM.

      The Flyers will welcome Arkansas to UD Arena Wednesday, December 30th at 8PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    55. Postgame: Flyers Overcome First Half Woes, Beat Furman December 21, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The University of Dayton Flyers beat the Furman Paladins 70 to 50 in front of 12,619 people at the University of Dayton Arena on Saturday. The Flyers struggled to do anything right in the first half but turned it around in the second half thanks to a few runs that they were able to put together. They started the second half on a 10-2 run fueled by junior guard Kyle Davis. Later in the second half, they busted the game wide open by going on a 9-0 run on three straight possessions. This put their lead at 59-40 and the Flyers would never look back. After losing their last home game, the Flyers have now started another home winning streak.

      The Paladins shot 38.2% (21-55) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three and 66.7% (2-3) from the line. This was the real story of the game. The Paladins took 19 less free throws than the Flyers. Furman only had 20 rebounds and had 12 assists and 12 turnovers. They also had 4 steals. The Paladins only had 3 rebounds in the entire second half after leading the rebounding battle in the first half. This was also something that changed the game because they were out rebounded by the Flyers in the second half by 23. Sophomore forward Geoff Beans came off the bench and led the Paladins in scoring with 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting. Senior guard Stephen Croone had 11 points on 5 of 12 shooting in 30 minutes.

      The Flyers shot 44.7% (21-47) from the field, 42.9% (9-21) from three and an astounding 86.4% (19-22) from the line. This is especially huge since they have really been struggling from the foul line recently. UD pulled down 41 rebounds and had 16 assists and 16 turnovers. This has been one of the big stories of the year. They struggle to hold on to the ball. The Flyers also had 5 blocks and 3 steals. Dayton was led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene also had 11 points. He also had 10 rebounds, a block and a steal in 28 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 22 minutes of play. Flyers coach Archie Miller has really emphasized rebounding and the Flyers definitely responded to that.

      The Paladins head to Annapolis, Maryland to take on Navy Tuesday, December 22nd at 7PM.

      The Flyers will stay at home and take on Miami (OH) Tuesday, December 22nd at 7PM. The story line for this game is solely about the long awaited return of senior forward Dyshawn Pierre. He is eligible to return for this game so we shall see if he plays!

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    56. College Pride Press NBA Mock Draft December 20, 2015 College Pride Press

      A couple of the writers are also very big NBA followers and came up with the idea of doing an NBA mock draft. We set the order based on records at the time drafted and rotated amongst the three writers. The great thing about doing the mock draft was that we chatted with writers at the different schools who have watched every game for a scouting report. This was a huge help for our selections and for our fits for each team. We have posted picks 10-15 here below but all 30 picks will be on our premium forum. If you’d like to join the forum please click here. The link to all the draft picks will be below as well. We hope to update or do a new mock draft every month so keep an eye out for future updates.

      10.Washington Wizards- Jacob Poeltl

      7’ C, Utah

      Washington has struggled this season with some unreliable play beyond John Wall and Bradley Beal. While Wall is a great point guard, he is not a natural jump shooter and is better distributing. Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre are still developing at the 3. Nene is providing quality play at the 4 leaving the clear need at center. Even though Marcin Gortat just received a contract extension his play is diminishing. Jacob Poeltl is a very talented center who can provide quality minutes as a rookie while developing into a high quality player. I have a hard time seeing him as an All-Star but rather as a consistent starter for many years like a Marcin Gortat. -Brad Kreppel

       

      11. New York Knicks- Dwayne Bacon

      6’6” SG, Florida State

      Bacon has so much upside it really made me overlook the flaws his game currently has. His athleticism and length is exactly what scouts look for, and he is explosive when attacking the basket. However, he is still really working to refine his game. His outside shot can be spotty at times, and he can seem to be complacent through periods of the game. With all the physical tools being in place, these flaws can be looked past and the Knicks can get a home run pick. -Zach Beeler

       

      12. Minnesota Timberwolves- Furkan Korkmaz

      6’6” SG, International

      International prospects are always hard to decipher, but success stories like Kristaps Porzingis force teams to take the gamble. Minnesota is the type of team willing to take this type of risk, as their last few first-round picks seem to be progressing nicely. Korkmaz is natural-born scorer. He has a knack for getting the ball in the basket, whether that be his beautiful shot, or aggressiveness to the basket. His defense isn’t perfect, but he has the necessary tools to change that. Limited playing time and his size are legitimate concerns, but his potential may be too difficult for Minnesota’s front office to pass up. -Adam Gross

      13. Phoenix Suns- Caris LaVert

      6’7” SG/SF, University of Michigan

      When I looked at Phoenix’s roster there were two real needs: backup big and small forward. TJ Warren has provided some scoring and quality minutes but Caris LaVert is a much better player. LaVert can contribute in so many ways with his passing, rebounding, and defensive abilities. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight are very talented guards but both focus on scoring when they touch the ball. Adding LaVert to the rotation could help distribute to everyone creating a better flow. If Jacob Poeltl was on the board here he would be the pick to backup Alex Len. Henry Ellenson and Ivan Rabb both crossed my mind but I felt it would be a reach for both of those players. -Brad Kreppel

       

      14. Utah Jazz- Demetrius Jackson

      6’1” PG, Notre Dame

      The Jazz desperately need someone with an explosive scoring punch, and Jackson is about as explosive as they come. He is lightning quick, and attacks the rim with toughness and aggression. Along with that, he is a pretty good shooter who can stretch the defense. He is a pest and a ball hawk on the defensive end, and will always make it tough for the opposing point guard to operate. Although the Jazz have Dante Exum in the ranks, he is no sure thing with injury and Jackson for me seems to good to pass on. Although his height may be a bit of a problem, he has the toughness and athleticism to make up for it. -Zach Beeler

       

      15. Detroit Pistons- Henry Ellenson

      6’10” PF, Marquette University

      Andre Drummond has become the centerpiece of the Pistons, now they need to find pieces to compliment him. Nothing pairs better than a true center and a stretch-four, and that is exactly what Henry Ellenson is. He’s an exceptional athlete with fantastic handles. His defense is questionable, but Drummond’s ability to lock down the paint should lessen those worries. This would be the best need/value pickup of the draft. -Adam Gross

       

      To view all 30 picks please click here.

    57. Meet the Writers: Devon Florczak December 19, 2015 College Pride Press

      Devon Florczak

       

      1.  What is you School, hometown, major, and graduation date?

      University of Dayton, Amherst, New York, Mechanical Engineering, May 2019

       

      1. What are some of your career goals?

      To be a professional Mechanical Engineer.

       

      1. What are some of your hobbies and interests (besides college basketball)?

      Playing basketball, watching professional basketball, and being an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

       

      1. Who is your favorite player in the past or present to play at your school?

      Scoochie Smith.

       

      1. What is your favorite game that you have attended since you’ve been on campus?

      The home opener this year against Southeast Missouri State

       

      1. What is your favorite place to eat on or near campus?

      Local dining hall named Virginia W. Kettering Hall (commonly called VWK)

       

      1. What made you interested in joining the College Pride Press team?

      Having the opportunity to write about the sport that I love.

    58. Meet the Writers: Alex Handorf December 18, 2015 College Pride Press

       

      Alex Handorf

       

      1. Where are you from? 

      I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and go to the University of Dayton. I have been attending games since I was three months old.

      2. What is your major?

      I am a sport management major and I am graduating in December, 2016.
      3. What are some of your career goals?
      My career goal is to become an equipment manager at a Division 1 school. I would love to stay at the University of Dayton and become an equipment manager here.
      4. What are some of your hobbies and interests (besides college basketball)?
      Some of my hobbies and interests would be pretty much anything that involves sports and deer hunting. I am a huge Reds and Bengals fan. I also like the Blue Jackets.
      5. Who is your favorite player in the past or present to play at your school?
      I am a huge Brian Roberts fan. He was a point guard at Dayton from 2004-2008. He now plays in the NBA for the Charlotte Hornets where he is a backup point guard.
      6. What is your favorite game that you have attended since you’ve been on campus?
      By far my favorite game I have attended was the First Four game that Dayton played Boise State in last year (2015). I believe that will be the last ever “home game” for an NCAA Tournament game because of the atmosphere during that game. That is the loudest that UD Arena has ever gotten. The place was absolutely electric.
      7. What is your favorite place to eat on or near campus?
      My favorite place to eat on campus is a local place called Brunch Club. My boss and I are pretty much celebrities there because we go so often. Everyone knows who we are and we don’t even have to order anymore!
      8. What made you interested in joining the College Pride Press team?
      I’ve always wanted to get into writing for a team and I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to do something like that.

    59. Postgame: Flyers Have Big Game Hangover, Lose to Chattanooga December 13, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      After a big win Wednesday at Vanderbilt, the Flyers seemed to have a “big game hangover” as some call it. In a game where the Dayton Flyers struggled to make free throws, the Chattanooga Mocs took advantage and came away with a 61-59 victory Saturday night in front of 12,425 people at the University of Dayton Arena. This loss for the Flyers snaps a 26 game home winning streak which was good for 8th best in the nation. Chattanooga was without its leading scorer, senior guard Casey Jones, because of an ankle injury suffered Friday in practice but this didn’t seem to deter the Mocs. Jones was also their leading rebounder and assist man. The Mocs would take a 29-24 lead into the locker room. At the start of the second half, the Flyers showed some life. They would go on a 13-2 run to take the lead 37-31 with 16:14 left in the game but the Mocs continued to battle and wouldn’t go away. The rest of the second half was back and forth. With 31 seconds left, Kendall Pollard hit one of his two free throws to tie the game at 59. With 5 seconds left, junior guard Greg Pryor drove the lane and was fouled. He would make both of his free throws giving the Mocs a 61-59 lead. Junior guard Scoochie Smith would then take the ball the length of the floor and put up a shot that wouldn’t fall and the Mocs bench stormed the floor. UD Arena was silent, as it should have been. The last time the Flyers lost a game at home was January 29th, 2014. Flyers fans are not used to seeing losses at home and the whole crowd seemed stunned.

      The Mocs shot 40% (22-55) from the field, 46.7% (7-15) from three and 66.7% (10-15) from the line. They grabbed 33 rebounds and had 17 assists to only 10 turnovers. They also blocked 3 shots and had 5 steals. Chattanooga had a clear advantage in bench points, 22-7, which really helped them. Greg Pryor had 15 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, a block and a steal in 32 minutes of play. He was the only Moc to score in double figures. Junior forward Tre’ McLean scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 37 minutes. He struggled from the field, only making 4 of 14 shots. He didn’t convert any of his three 3 point shots either.

      The Flyers shot 50% (21-42) from the field, 23.1% (3-13) from three and a baffling 53.8% (14-26) from the free throw line. One could say that this is the major reason that the Flyers were not able to beat Chattanooga. The Flyers grabbed 30 rebounds and had 17 assists to 12 turnovers. UD blocked 8 shots and had 2 steals. This is only the second time the Flyers have been outrebounded all year. They are 0 and 2 when this happens. Leading the Flyers was junior forward Kendall Pollard who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 37 minutes. He shot 8-16 from the free throw line. Junior guard Kyle Davis managed 10 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 30 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 9 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene swatted 5 shots and had 6 points and 7 rebounds in 33 minutes.

      Chattanooga heads back home to take on Tennessee Tech Tuesday at 7PM.

      The Flyers will stay home and play Furman on Saturday at 7PM. The Flyers have a week because of finals to prepare.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    60. Postgame: Flyers Overcome 16 Point First Half Deficit, Stun Vanderbilt December 10, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      In front of 10,469 fans at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee, the Dayton Flyers rallied to beat the Vanderbilt Commodores 72-67. This is the 12th time in the last 15 games that the Flyers have beaten an SEC foe. Down 16 with 3:02 left in the first half, Archie Miller had to call a 30 second timeout to try and stop a 12-0 run that the Commodores had built. The Flyers stopped the run after Darrell Davis hit a three to make the score 38-25 with 2:36 left in the first half. What happened next completely changed the game.

      In Vanderbilt’s next 6 possessions before halftime, they would turn the ball over 4 times. All but one of these turnovers turned into points for the Flyers as they were able to cut the deficit to 8 going into halftime. The Flyers had all of the momentum going into the second half and it showed. Dayton would go on a 27-7 run starting late in the first half and ending midway through the second half. UD would take the lead with 13:06 left in the game and never give it up again.

      The win for the Flyers was capped off by a 3 pointer by Kendall Pollard as the shot clock was winding down with 43 seconds left. This put the Flyers up 69-62. The game wasn’t over yet though as Vandy clawed back. With 13 seconds left, Vandy had a chance to tie it with a layup but Wade Baldwin IV missed it. The Flyers struggled to put this game completely away as they missed 3 of 5 free throws down the stretch, but they still managed to come away with the win. This will be a huge resume builder for the Flyers when tournament time comes.

      Vanderbilt shot 41.2% (21-51) from the field, 35.3% (6-17) from three and 76% (19-25) from the line. They came out like a house on fire to start the game but only managed to shoot 24% from the field and 22.2% from the three in the second half.

      The Commodores grabbed 31 rebounds, had 6 assists, but 13 turnovers. They also managed 6 blocks and 3 steals. Junior big man Damian Jones led the way for the Commodores with 18 points and 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV also chipped in 18 points. Sophomore guards Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis each scored 11 points for Vandy.

      The Flyers shot 45% (27-60) from the field, 33.3% (5-15) from the three and really struggled from the line only shooting 59.1% (13-22). Dayton dominated the boards in this game grabbing 15 offensive boards and 26 defensive boards totaling 41 rebounds. They had only 9 assists and 12 turnovers while swatting one shot.

      The Flyers dominated the paint 40-22. UD also had 7 steals. Junior forward Kendall Pollard led the Flyers with 21 points. He also had 3 rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith struggled a bit only shooting 5 of 16 from the field but still managed 13 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals in 35 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene had 10 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes.

      Vanderbilt will remain at home and play Wofford on Saturday December, 19th at 6PM.

      The Flyers will return home and put a 26 game home winning streak on the line against Chattanooga Saturday December, 12th at 7PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    61. Postgame: Flyers Soar Past North Florida December 6, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      After surviving a barrage of 3’s in the first half by the North Florida Ospreys, the Flyers used a big second half on both sides of the ball to come away with a big win 86-71 in front of 12,383 people at UD Arena. The Flyers improved their home win streak to 26 which is currently tied for the eighth-longest streak in Division 1. Dayton really struggled to defend the 3 in the first half as the Ospreys hit 9 of 16 from behind the arc. It seemed like every 3 that the Ospreys would throw up somehow went in. Senior forward Beau Beech led the charge in the first half as he connected on all 5 of his three point attempts. He managed 15 points, just off 3’s, while playing the whole first half for the Ospreys. The Flyers took a slim lead into the second half, 38-35, but that would change quickly in the second half. Dayton opened up the second half on a 23 to 5 run and would never look back. The run lasted just over 7 minutes and the Ospreys were not able to recover, even with great three point shooting.

      The Ospreys couldn’t put any kind of run together after the run the Flyers made. The closest that they got for the rest of the game was 13 with 3 minutes to go in the game. This was a really big win for the Flyers in two aspects; forgetting about the Xavier blowout less than a week ago and taking care of business and the other aspect was beating a solid team who has picked up a couple good wins already this season. Even though it is early in the season and the RPI will change a lot over the course of the year, according to ESPN, the Flyers sit at 13 right now with a strength of schedule of 28. This will be something to continue to watch as the season unfolds.

      North Florida shot 41.3% (26-63) from the field, 43.8% (14-32) from three and 71.4% (5-7) from the line. This team lives and dies by the three and even though they shot fairly well from the three, they were only able to make 12 shots that weren’t behind the three point line. It is very tough to win games like that. The Ospreys pulled down 31 boards, had 17 assists and 11 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 4 steals. As mentioned before, Beau Beech was the main guy for the Ospreys, but he had a rough second half only connecting on 1 of 7 shots. He finished the game with 18 points on 6-13 shooting, 6 of 8 from three point land, 4 boards, 3 assists, a block and a steal in 38 minutes. Junior guard Dallas Moore had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Junior forward Chris Davenport had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in 24 minutes. He also fouled out after receiving a technical foul late in the game after a scuffle during a timeout with Dayton guard/forward Charles Cooke near the North Florida bench. Charles Cooke also received a technical during the scuffle. North Florida head coach Matthew Driscoll also received a technical foul in this game.

      Dayton shot 54.8% (34-62) from the field, 40% (6-15) from three and 60% (12-20) from the free throw line. The Flyers pulled down 41 boards, had 24 assists and only 10 turnovers. This is by far the best assist to turnover ratio the Flyers have had all year. They also blocked 7 shots and had 4 steals. The Flyers dominated points in the paint 46-18. Leading the way for the Flyers was junior guard/forward Charles Cooke. He managed 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He also had 7 boards, 5 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in 32 minutes. Cooke came back strong after an abysmal performance against Xavier last week. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. Steve McElvene had a monster game for the Flyers scoring 14 points and grabbing a season high 16 rebounds while blocking 4 shots in 28 minutes of action. Junior forward Kendall Pollard had 11 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis shot himself out of a slump and managed 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting.

      North Florida will return home to take on Coastal Georgia on Saturday at 7PM.

      The Flyers will head to Vanderbilt for a huge game Wednesday at 9PM. This game will be televised on ESPNU.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    62. Postgame: Rivalry Renewed? Not So Much. Xavier Throttles Dayton in Advocare Invitational Final December 1, 2015 Alex Handorf
      Photo Credit – ESPN
      In the Championship game of the Advocare Invitational, emotions were running high because of a rivalry game that hadn’t been played since 2013, the year the Xavier Musketeers left the Atlantic 10 and headed to the New Big East. Xavier came out very poised and on fire in every facet of the game leading to a 90 to 61 drubbing of the Dayton Flyers. The 90 points that Xavier scored were the most points given up by a Dayton Flyer team coached by Archie Miller. Dayton trailed at the half by only 8 points, 43-35, but that deficit would balloon as Xavier used a 21-0 run early in the second half to completely take control of the game. The Flyers looked depleted as Xavier seemed to not miss any shots early in the half and it just kept getting worse. Finally, the Flyers would break this run with 11:58 to go when Kendall Pollard drove the lane and slammed one home making it 68-41. Archie Miller seemed to use most of the second half of this game as a teaching tool. He put a few odd lineups on the floor, one of them being all freshmen and sophomore guard Darrell Davis which is something that we had not seen all year. In the scheme of all things, this game doesn’t mean a whole lot. Sure, it was a rivalry game that hadn’t been played in 2 years, but in theory it is just a loss to a better team. Flyer fans should not panic as November losses to ranked teams don’t mean a whole lot, but that was just tough to watch. One thing that made this game unwatchable is the fact that the refs like to take over college games nowadays. Obviously, the refs didn’t really play a large part in this game, but there were 28 fouls called in the first half and 55 called overall. In today’s game, a touch foul is constantly called and it destroys the flow of the game. You have to tip your hat to X though. I would’ve never expected this outcome. They were obviously the better team and came out ready to play. They were ball hawking on defense and running their offense very smoothly producing a ton of quality shots. After the game, Chris Mack, Xavier’s coach, was asked if this rivalry would continue some day and his answer to this was “maybe.”

      Xavier was 52.4% (33-63) from the field, 42.1% (8-19) from the three, and an abysmal 57.1% (16-28) from the line but that doesn’t really matter when you win by 29. The Musketeers dominated the glass by pulling down 40 rebounds. They assisted on 16 of their shots and turned the ball over 13 times. They also swatted 4 shots and had 9 steals. 6 Musketeers scored in double figures led by freshman guard Edmond Sumner who scored 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting in 24 minutes. Sophomore guard Trevon Bluiett and junior guard Myles Davis each totaled points while senior guard Remy Abell, junior forward Jalen Reynolds, and sophomore guard J.P. Macura each had 11 points.

      The Flyers shot 40.9% (18-44) from the field, 25% (4-16) from the three, and 65.6% (21-32) from the line. Dayton was outrebounded for the first time this season as they only grabbed 26 boards. They had another awful assist to turnover ratio as they only assisted on 9 shots and turned the ball over 22 times. The Flyers blocked 2 shots and had 7 steals. Junior forward Kendall Pollard led the way for the Flyers with 15 points in 30 minutes but only made 7 of 14 free throws and turned the ball over 5 times. Junior guard Scoochie Smith managed 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal in 33 minutes. Junior forward Charles Cooke played his worst game as a Flyer to date as he was 2 for 7 from the field with only 5 points and 4 boards. The Flyers were dominated in second chance points (17-2), points off turnovers (27-13), and points in the paint (46-26).

      Xavier hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday at 8:30PM.

      The Flyers will return home to play North Florida on Saturday at 2PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    63. Postgame: Flyers Take Down Media Darling Monmouth November 28, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – ESPN

      In a game where the Monmouth Hawks never held a lead, the Flyers prevailed 73-70 after trying to give the game away for a second straight night. Scoochie Smith had a career night scoring 19 points and grabbing 8 boards while leading the Flyers to victory. The Flyers had a 16 point lead with 10:16 left in the second half but then Monmouth’s junior guard Justin Robinson had something to say about that lead as he started to heat up from behind the three point line. Robinson scored 11 points in the span of just over 2 minutes to bring the Hawks back to within 8. The Hawks closed the gap to as little as 1 by using a 20 to 5 run late in the half. With 4:26 left, the Flyers were only up 64-63. The game continued to be a back and forth affair and a one possession game until the 1:31 mark when Scoochie Smith stepped up and made a deep three to make it a 4 point Flyer advantage, 71-67. Kendall Pollard then made a layup on the next possession to make it 73-67 Flyers with only 59 seconds left. The Hawks answered with a three to cut the deficit to 3 and then had a chance to tie the game with 4 seconds left, but a three ball by Micah Seaborn clanked off the rim and Dayton prevailed. According to ESPN, Monmouth’s bench mob was a pretty vital part of this game as they kept cutting away to show the “cool” celebrations that the bench was doing after made shots.

      The Hawks only shot 36.4% (20-55) from the field, 47.4% (9-19) from the three and 77.8% (21-27) from the line. Monmouth totaled 39 rebounds, with 12 assists and only 9 turnovers. The Hawks also managed 5 blocks and 3 steals. Monmouth’s bench mob didn’t account for any of these statistics because they were too busy dancing on the bench. Justin Robinson was the only reason the Hawks were even in the game as he put up 28 points on 7 of 15 shooting (5-7 from three). He also had 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 35 minutes. Redshirt freshman guard Micah Seaborn helped out Robinson a little bit as he scored 12 points. Seaborn only shot 4 of 12 from the field and really struggled to get into a groove all night. He also had 4 boards and 4 assists. Off of the bench, junior swingman Collin Stewart totaled 10 points on 3 of 10 shooting and big man junior Chris Brady also tallied 10 points on 5 of 8 shooting.

      The Flyers shot 42.9% (27-63) from the field, but struggled to shoot the three ball well for the first time this year as they only shot 22.2% (4-18) from deep. From the line, the Flyers shot 68.2% (15-22). Dayton pulled down 42 boards while dishing out only 9 assists. They only turned the ball over 9 times, which is a season low. The Flyers also managed 5 blocks and 7 steals in the contest. Scooch, as mentioned before, had a career night with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal in 33 minutes of playing time. Charles Cooke managed to have another solid game shooting 5-10 from the field for 15 points. He also tallied 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard each managed 12 points. Pollard is going to need to learn how to stay out of foul trouble though as he only was able to play 19 minutes because of it. Freshman Xeyrius Williams stepped up while Steve McElvene and Kendall Pollard were in foul trouble most of the game. He played 25 minutes and accumulated 4 points and 5 rebounds.

      Just a quick note to Monmouth and ESPN, the Flyers do it better…

      https://vine.co/v/OV9elxaTKUZ

      Monmouth will play Sunday against USC in the third place game of the Advocare Invitational at 12:30PM.

      The Flyers will renew an old rivalry Sunday in the championship game of the Advocare Invitational as they take on Xavier at 4:30PM. The Flyers and Musketeers haven’t played each other since the Musketeers moved to the Big East in 2013.

      Go Flyers! Beat X!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    64. The Importance of the Bench Mob November 28, 2015 Kieran Burns

      They go to every practice and work their hardest, most do not have a scholarship, they are not interviewed after wins, nor quoted in articles. You probably do not know their names, or know their faces, but they’re always there… and they couldn’t be more excited about it: The Bench Mob.

      As I am sidelined from all sporting actives due to a Turkey Bowl related injury, (Torn tendon in my left ring finer) I am living vicariously through the talents of the kids of whatever college basketball games are on TV, right now, it is the Monmouth v. Dayton game. Monmouth is known for their rowdy group of benchwarmers, and in this broadcast, they are getting an awful lot of airtime due to their wild celebrations. This begs the question…how important is the bench mob?

      Last season, the most notorious Bench Mob was the DePaul Blue Demons. The Bench Mob actually has an active Twitter account with almost 800 followers (@DePaul_Benchmob) on which they tweet their celebrations and general team rowdiness. In fact, there is a great article that ranked the best of bench mobs last season in which DePaul is mentioned (http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball-news/4650191-basketball-bench-celebrations-nba-ncaa-texas-vcu-depaul).

      Some people pay no mind to the Bench during a game…I ask that when a big play happens to glance over and see the reactions, it can say a lot about a team’s morale. When a player hits a clutch 3 and the bench jumps up as if they were in the student section it only adds to the play. It shows that those kids, who are unlikely to see any action, are still doing their best to help the team, and it helps the guys on the floor know that their friends have their backs and want them to succeed. The same can go for the opposite, when a team’s Bench hardly reacts it is a telling sign of selfishness and jealousy amongst teammates.

      A team I noticed rarely celebrates is Kentucky, one would think it would be a great Bench Mob team seeing as they’re successful and exciting to watch, but it is the contrary. I think Kentucky is filled with selfish players that are not really, “about the team” and rather just want to get to the NBA (which there is nothing wrong with), but it is very clear when a great play is made and the Bench barely claps.

      The X-factor that makes NCAA basketball so wild and fun is the fact that the players are just kids, and in order to win, they have to play as a team. The NBA is different, it is just 5 games of 1v1 going on, and rarely are the players as close as College teams are. The Bench Mob is a great microcosm for overall support of others. The Mob gains no playing time by cheering their team on, they do it because they truly love the guys and want them to succeed.

      Never rule out the Mob

      Kieran Burns
      @Kburns_
      Providence College 2018

    65. Postgame: The Flyers Get a Huge Win Over Iowa November 28, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – ESPN

      In front of an Advocare Invitational record crowd of 4871 people, the Flyers managed to hold on against the Iowa Hawkeyes 82 to 77 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Flyers, led by redshirt junior guard Charles Cooke, were up as many as 14 points in the second before surrendering the lead late in the half. Mike Gesell hit a three with 2:35 left in the second half to give the Hawkeyes a 75 71 lead. The Flyers then used an 11 to 2 run the rest of the game to get the win. Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke led the comeback late in the second half as Scoochie had 4 points and one assist and Charles had 7 points during this run. During most of the second half, the Flyers held a pretty substantial lead until the Hawkeyes and Brady Ellingson got hot from 3. The Hawkeyes shot 6 of 11 (Ellingson went 3 of 4) from three and it seemed like they were getting a ton of open looks off of on ball and off ball screens. The Flyers struggled to defend these screens well and definitely paid the price as this poor defense almost cost them the game.

      The Hawkeyes shot 43.5% (27-62) from the field, 50% (12-24) from three, and 64.7% (11-17) from the line during the game. The one thing that kept them in the game, and almost won it for them, was their great three point shooting. Iowa is a team that can live and die by the three, but this game wasn’t really a representation of that as they shot well from the three and still lost. Iowa pulled down 33 boards and had a decent assist to turnover ratio as they dished out 19 assists and turned the ball over 12 times. They also swatted 3 shots and had 6 steals. Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff made it rain from three as he went 4-7. He was only 6-15 from the field for 18 points but was Iowa’s leading scorer in 31 minutes of game action. Junior guard Peter Jok and senior guard Anthony Clemmons also helped Iowa out as they each scored double digits, 12 and 11 points respectively.

      The Flyers shot 49.1% (27-55) from the field, 35% (7-20) from three, and a very respectable 77.8% (21-27) from the line. The Flyers grabbed 39 rebounds and had another rough night holding onto the ball. They turned the ball over 16 times and only had 11 assists for another bad assist to turnover ratio. This is a persisting problem for the Flyers and it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Getting careless with the ball costs you games. Dayton blocked 1 shot and had 7 steals. The Flyers almost dominated the paint scoring 34 points to Iowa’s 14. During a night where everything seemed to be going his way, Charles Cooke had another huge game for the Flyers totaling 22 points and 4 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Cooke was the Flyers leading scorer. Kendall Pollard seems to be getting back to his normal self as he had 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting while grabbing 5 rebounds. Kyle Davis also had a very big night as he had 16 points and 2 rebounds. He also went 6 of 7 from the line. Scoochie will be Scoochie. He leads this team day in and day out. He played 36 minutes, scored 11 points and dished out 7 assists while only turning the ball over twice. He also managed 5 rebounds.

      Iowa will play their second game in the Advocare Invitational Friday night against Notre Dame.

      The Flyers will play their second game in the Advocare Invitational Friday night against Monmouth who upset Notre Dame 70 to 68 in their first game of the tournament.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    66. Flyers against Hawkeyes: Who will feast on Thanksgiving? November 25, 2015 College Pride Press

      The University of Dayton Flyers head down to the HP Field House at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida to take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes at 9 P.M. on Thanksgiving. This game will be aired on ESPN2. The last time these two times faced was during the 2012 NIT Tournament, and Iowa won by a score of 84-75. All players who stepped on the court during this game are no longer with either team.

      This matchup is heavily anticipated seeing that in the latest AP College Basketball poll, the Hawkeyes received 20 votes and our Flyers received 18. Whoever wins this matchup should be the beneficiary of a boost in Top 25 votes from the AP Basketball Committee. Looking down the road towards March, this matchup serves as a résumé builder for the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

      The Flyers are fresh off a close win against William & Mary as they rallied back from their first halftime deficit of the year to win. They will look to lean on the hot hand of guard Charles Cooke who chipped in a team high 18 points last Saturday, despite shooting 4-11 from the field. The Flyers will need to not repeat their first half percentages against William & Mary if they are serious about beating Iowa in front of a national audience, as they shot 36% from the field and 12.5% from behind the arc.

      Meanwhile, the Iowa Hawkeyes are fresh off a dominant away victory against Marquette, where they defeated the Golden Eagles 89-61. UI started the game on a 28-8 run, and they never looked back as they shot a whopping 54.5% from both the field and behind the arc. Junior guard Peter Jok led all scorers with 20 points in 18 minutes. Marquette shot an inane 38.6% from the field, and 23.3% from 3-point land, which Dayton once again must avoid if they are looking to beat this talented Hawkeyes team.

      This game will be an interesting one, albeit Iowa being the clear favorite as kenpom.com is showing Iowa to have a 63% chance of winning by a score 73-70. First thing to look for tomorrow during the game is the matchup between 6’11” redshirt freshman center Steve “Big Steve” McElvene and Iowa’s 7’1” senior center Adam Woodbury. This will be Big Steve’s first challenge of his career, as Woodbury is a talented front court player who could post a double-double at any given time. Another thing to watch for is how the Flyer’s will contain junior guard Peter Jok. Although Jok is averaging 14 minutes on the season, he is a talented scorer who is putting up 14 points per game still. He was truly unleashed in the Hawkeyes blowout against Marquette as he played 18 minutes, and I would expect for his minutes to increase even more tomorrow night as the offense truly flowed when he was on the court for UI.

      Tomorrow night, I believe that the Flyer’s will pull out a close victory of 68-66. Although Iowa has returned four of their starters from last year, I think they are due for their first cold shooting streak of the year, and that their seniority will not be able to recover. Happy Thanksgiving and Go Flyers.

    67. Postgame: The Flyers Squeak by William & Mary November 22, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The Flyers came away with a thrilling victory over the Tribe from William & Mary 69-66. The Dayton Flyers wanted to make this game a little interesting after winning their first two games by a combined 63 points. The crowd of 12,796 were up on their feet many times during the game as it was a very back and forth affair. The first half was very sloppy on both ends with neither team shooting the ball over 40% and a total of 16 turnovers, 10 which were committed by the Flyers. Down 30-21 at halftime, the Flyers had to make a few adjustments in the locker room. The adjustments took a little while to kick in as it seemed every time Dayton would score, the Tribe would answer.

      The second half was very back and forth too, but UD took advantage of poor free throw shooting by William & Mary to come out on top. With 10 minutes left in the second half, Steve McElvene made a great post move bucket to tie the game at 47. With six and a half minutes left, Charles Cooke hit a 3 from the corner to give the Flyers a nine point lead, but the resilient Tribe would not go away. With two minutes and 18 seconds left, Daniel Dixon hit a ridiculous 3 to put the Tribe up 2. The Flyers took the lead again with 57 seconds left on a fast break layup by Kyle Davis and William & Mary would never see the lead again. Twice in the last twenty seconds, the Flyers missed a free throw but would grab the ensuing offensive rebound to preserve the 69-66 win. This is a big win for the Flyers as William & Mary beat NC State on the road last week by 17. The Tribe ran their offense very well and could shoot the ball extremely well.

      William & Mary shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 45.5% (10-22) from three, but struggled from the line as they only converted 10 of 19 (52.6%) free throws. This was a major reason as to why the Flyers were able to beat the Tribe. William & Mary pulled down 30 rebounds, had 16 assists but 12 turnovers. They also had 5 steals and 2 blocks. The major player for the Tribe was junior guard Daniel Dixon. This kid was on fire from 3 as he went 6 of 10. He accounted for 24 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal. Senior forward Sean Sheldon and junior swingman Omar Prewitt also scored in double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively.

      The Flyers shot 47.2% (25-53) from the field, 30% (6-20) from three, and 72.2% (13-18) from the line. They pulled down 39 boards, but had another bad assist to turnover ratio as they had 15 assists to 16 turnovers. The Flyers have really struggled to hold on to the ball this year as they’ve had 51 turnovers in three games. They will need to hold onto the rock as play ramps up or they will struggle to win games. The Flyers also had 4 blocks and 7 steals. Charles Cooke, who struggled immensely in the first half, 0 for 4 from the field and 2 turnovers, really turned it on in the second half. He finished 4 of 11 from the field and 3 of 6 from 3 for 18 points. He also was very clutch at the line down the stretch going 7-8. He also pulled down 6 boards, had 2 assists and one steal in 36 minutes. Steve McElvene turned in another good performance as he had 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting and 9 rebounds. Kendall Pollard managed 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting but seemed very out of control a lot in the game. Scoochie Smith played 36 minutes while totaling 8 points and 5 assists. Xeyrius Williams really stepped up this game. He played 22 minutes and scored 4 points and had 5 rebounds. His stat line might not seem very large, but the minutes he played were more valuable than his stats because big man Sam Miller played only 8 minutes as he was in foul trouble all game and eventually fouled out.

      The Tribe will travel back home to Williamburg, Virginia to play Hampton on Wednesday, November 25th at 7:30PM.

      The Flyers head to Orlando, Florida early this week. They will play Iowa on Thanksgiving Day at 9PM in the Advocare Invitational.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    68. Postgame: Dayton Flyers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide November 17, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The scene was set for the making of a great game in Dayton, Ohio as the Alabama Crimson Tide travelled to play the Dayton Flyers on a Tuesday afternoon game which was televised nationally on ESPN as part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Students skipped class, and the rest of the 12,000+ crowd took off work to watch what some thought would be a great game. There was only one thing missing…. The game never materialized. For the first 10 minutes of the first half, it was back and forth. The score was tied at 18 with 9:28 left in the half and then Dayton used a 22 to 6 run to close out the half that was led by redshirt freshman Steve McElvene, junior Scoochie Smith, and redshirt junior Charles Cooke.

      The Flyers never looked back as they cruised to an 80 to 48 victory. This was all done without Kendall Pollard for most of the game. He picked up his second foul with 16 minutes left in the first half. He sat for the rest of the half and when he came back in the second, he seemed to force a lot of shots and you could tell he was definitely in a rut because he sat for most of the first half. Towards the end of the game, the Red Scare (Dayton student section) was chanting “stick to football.” Dayton was a 10 point favorite coming in and I honestly thought that that was a little high. The Flyers definitely proved me wrong on that one!

      Alabama really struggled to do anything right. They shot 17-57 (29.8%) from the field, 5-20 (25%) from the 3 and an abysmal 9-17 (52.9%) from the free throw line. Alabama’s largest lead was 2 just a minute and 20 seconds into the first half (2-0). Alabama would take the lead with 10 minutes left in the first half (18-16) but would never hold it again. The Crimson Tide had 34 rebounds but only dished out 8 assists on 17 made shots. Bama turned the ball over 20 times, had 3 blocks and 7 steals. Riley Norris led Alabama with 9 points on 3 of 6 shooting in 23 minutes. He was the only bright spot that Alabama had in the game.

      The Flyers shot 28-60 (46.7%) from the field, 9-21 (42.9%) from three and 15-21(71.4%) from the line. Dayton had a pretty good advantage on points in the paint (32-16). The Flyers seemed to be very dominant from start to finish. They managed to collect 47 rebounds. They assisted on only 14 of 28 made shots and struggled with turnovers once again as they committed 18. They swatted 6 shots and had 11 steals. The Flyers were led by redshirt junior Charles Cooke who managed 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal in a team high 29 minutes. Scoochie Smith turned in a solid game with 15 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals in 28 minutes. Big Steve McElvene played very well. He turned in his first collegiate double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also blocked a couple shots. Darrell Davis scored in double digits for the second straight game as he had 10 points in 22 minutes.

      The Crimson Tide will head back home to Tuscaloosa to play Louisiana Lafayette Friday night at 8PM.

      The Flyers will put their 24 game home winning streak on the line as they stay at home and play William & Mary (who just beat NC State on the road last week by 17) on Saturday afternoon at 2PM.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

    69. Postgame: Dayton Flyers vs. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks November 15, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      In front of 13,216 fans, an almost sold out crowd, the University of Dayton Flyers dominated both ends of the floor leading up to a very impressive 84 to 53 win against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Friday night. The starting lineup for coach Archie Miller was Scoochie Smith at point, Kyle Davis at the two guard, Charles Cooke at the 3, Kendall Pollard at the 4, and rounding out the starting lineup at the 5 was Big Steve McElvene. I think we should all expect this lineup to start every game this year barring injury or the return of Dyshawn Pierre. The Flyers started the game off with a 16 to 1 run to set the tone early against the Redhawks.

      The Flyers, led by Ryan “Chip” Mikesell, ended the first half with a controlling 46 to 16 lead. Leading the way at halftime was sophomore wing Darrell Davis. He managed 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds and an assist. Kendall Pollard grabbed 7 defensive rebounds in the first half while totaling 4 points while shooting 1 of 4 from the field.

      In the second half, Chip started to turn it up from 3 going 4 of 5 from behind the line while totaling 15 points. He was the only Flyer to score double digits in the second half. The second half started very slow for the Flyers as the Redhawks trimmed the enormous lead to 21 before Archie got a quick 30 second timeout and man, was he upset. After this timeout, the Flyers started playing much better basketball. They ended up getting the lead up to as much as 36 before winning by 31.

      The Redhawks had a terrible time shooting the ball from anywhere. They finished 20-64 from the field (31.3%), 5-25 from the 3 (5-25), and an abysmal 8-23 from the free throw line (34.8%). They were able to pull down 36 boards, dish out 11 assists while turning the ball over 15 times. They also swatted two shots and had 6 steals.

      The Flyers shot the ball at a fairly good percentage. They were 27-52 from the field (51.9%), 8-22 from the three (36.4%), and struggled to shoot the ball from the line as they went 22-37 (59.5%). They managed to grab 52 rebounds, dish out 23 assists on 27 made shots which is a great percentage for any team. The Flyers need to hold on to the ball a little better as they turned the ball over 17 times. They also finished with 8 blocks and 7 steals. The Flyers dominated bench scoring 49-19.

      The Redhawks leading scorer, Marcus Wallace, had 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting while accumulating 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal in 27 minutes. Eric McGill, who led the Redhawks in minutes with 30 off the bench really struggled to put the ball in the net as he shot 1 of 9 from the field and only had 4 points.

      Mikesell, in his college debut, managed to lead the Flyers with 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting (5-7 from three) while playing 26 minutes. He also had 8 rebounds which was tied for second on the team. Darrell Davis was the second leading scorer with 15 points on 8 shots while playing 23 minutes. Both Mikesell and Davis came off the bench and led the team in scoring. Charles Cooke, in his debut as a Flyer, struggled a little bit from the field as he shot 2 of 9 (1-5 from three) in 21 minutes. He totaled 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist. He was in foul trouble for a lot of the game so he seemed to struggle to get into a groove. Pollard finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds (which led the team), 2 assists, and 1 steal in 26 minutes (tied for most). Scoochie Smith, who will be the leader of this team, had 8 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals in 21 minutes. Scooch has improved immensely from last year and it showed when he wasn’t on the court. The Flyers struggled to operate without him at the helm.

      The Redhawks head to Evansville, Indiana to take on Evansville on Sunday the 15th. The Flyers stay at home to take on Alabama on Tuesday the 17th at 1PM. This game is part of the 24 hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ’17

       

       

    70. The Night We Have All Been Waiting For: Dayton Basketball November 13, 2015 College Pride Press

      Tomorrow, November 13th at 7 PM, the University of Dayton Flyers take on the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at the UD Arena. We have made it to this much anticipated regular season, ever since our Flyers were defeated in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at the hands of the University of Oklahoma.
      The Flyers are expected to have three returning starters, junior guard Scoochie Smith, junior guard Kyle Davis, and junior forward Kendall Pollard, who started in their last game against Oklahoma. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre will not be starting or playing as he was suspended for the fall semester by the school due to off-court issues, and last year’s leading scorer, guard Jordan Sibert, has graduated from the university. Expected to fill those two slots on opening night is junior guard Charles Cooke, who transferred in from James Madison University, and redshirt freshman center Steve McElvene, or better known on campus as “Big Steve”.
      On the other side of the scorer’s table, the Redhawks will be starting sophomore guard Marcus Wallace, junior guard Antonius Cleveland, senior guard Isiah Jones, sophomore forward Ladarius Coleman, and junior forward Trey Kellum. They will be without their leading scorer from last year, guard Jarekious Bradley, so it will be interesting to see who will take replace Bradley’s scoring ability for the Redhawks.
      The two things to watch for tomorrow are the two new expected starters, junior guard Charles Cooke and redshirt freshman Steve McElvene. Cooke sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, but he was a major impact player for the James Madison Dukes as he contributed 14.3 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 1.4 steals per game. With his help, the Dukes reached the 2013 NCAA tournament for the fifth time in their history, but lost in the second round to Indiana University. Redshirt freshman Steve McElvene, will be greatly appreciated as he brings something Dayton basketball did not have last year; size. McElvene is a towering 6’11”, and he could end up being a centerpiece in Dayton’s offense essentially due to his size. McElvene posted 15 points and 7 rebounds in the scrimmage against Saginaw State Valley last Saturday, and he will be looking to continue this solid stat line tomorrow.
      I believe that the Dayton Flyer’s will end up defeating the Southeast Missouri State Redhawk’s by at least double digits in tomorrow’s bout. The scoring combination of guards Scoochie Smith and Kyle Davis will be too much for the Redhawks to handle. Big Steve will also provide a major advantage on the boards tomorrow, as he is three inches taller than the Redhawks tallest player. Lastly, the most important advantage of tomorrow’s game will be the 6th man, or as we call it, the “Red Scare”. When the UD Arena is packed to capacity, it is not a welcoming place to play, especially on opening night.

      Resources:

      http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/

      http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/2168/dayton-flyers

    71. Why you should join the CPP forum? November 10, 2015 College Pride Press

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      1. Talk about College Basketball! What else could you want in life? The CPP forum gives members a stage to voice their opinion on college basketball and their favorite college basketball teams. You can have high quality debates with knowledgable college basketball fans. 
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    72. Winners and Losers Part 2 November 3, 2015 College Pride Press

      It has been a while since I have talked about the winners and losers from the preseason. Even though there are no games being played there are some program altering events going on. Here are a few winners and losers as we lead up into the season.

      Winners

      Mismatches and Secrecy

      All college basketball fans love mismatches and secrets. The last couple weeks have had both of these things combined. There was a rumored secret scrimmage between Purdue and Dayton a couple of days ago where a “secret” report had Purdue winning. This is probably one of the biggest mismatches in college basketball. Dayton did not have a rotation player over 6’7″ last year and Purdue is known for having 3 monsters down low. This was a learning experience for both teams and surely an interesting scrimmage to watch for those who did.

      The saying “what you don’t know won’t kill you” is true. When teams had secret scrimmages that were actually secrets it was ok because fans just thought the teams were practicing. Now that we know who is scrimmaging who it is agonizing for fans to hear about it without watching or having twitter updates. Lets play some basketball on ESPN and BTN please!

      Mississippi State

      Mississippi State has been on the rise lately. Before Ben Howland was hired the program seemed to be non existent. Ben Howland has brought the program into relevance before he even takes the sidelines for the Bulldogs. Malik Newman is a McDonald’s All American freshman who will keep his team competitive in the big SEC games on the schedule.

      The future also looks bright as well as Howland has already received the commitment from multiple top 100 recruits in the 2016 class. He is not stopping there by continuing to recruit top rated Mario Kegler, De’Ron Davis, and others. He could have a top 5 recruiting class to build this program on in the future. Look for Mississippi State to make some noise in the next couple of years.

      Fans of Big Men

      Two of the top big men in college basketball were just ruled eligible by the NCAA. Both Skal Labissiere and Caleb Swanigan were ineligible until the past couple of weeks. The fan bases of the Boilermakers and Wildcats were starting to sweat until their shiny new freshmen were ruled eligible. All of college basketball wins with these two All-Americans on the court this season.

      Losers

      Jaquan Lyle, Antonio Blakeney, and the Louisville Cardinals 

      The aftermath of this tell all book by Katina Powell has been a catastrophe. There have been accusations of dancers performing shows for recruits and players and some of them even paying for sex from the dancers. There has been an investigation with interviews of current players and coaches at Louisville. The whole investigation is a mess but it makes Louisville losers because they are supposed to be practicing basketball and focusing on the season. Instead, they are worrying about whether there coach will still be employed or if they will have a post season ban.

      I put Jaquan Lyle and Antonio Blakeney on this list as well because they have been dragged back into this scandal. Lyle and Blakeney have both been included on lists of recruits that have been present during these shows at Louisville even though they both attend different schools. They have been involved in the investigation with interviews with the NCAA and worrying about national media bringing it up during their preseason interviews. This is the last thing both Blakeney and Lyle want to be worrying about with the season just 10 short days away.

      Ray Smith and the Arizona Wildcats

      Preseason injuries are the absolute worst and Arizona is experiencing that now. All- American freshman Ray Smith injured his ACL last week during practice and will miss the entire season. This is horrible for everyone. Ray Smith was likely a one and done heading to the NBA to start collecting pay checks. Arizona was expected to rely heavily on Smith after losing many starters from last years Elite 8 team. We hope that Ray Smith has a speedy recovery and we wish him the best in all his ventures whether it be returning the Zona next year or another route.

      Cheick Diallo and the Kansas Jayhawks

      While I did touch upon the success of Caleb Swanigan and Skal Labissere becoming eligible. Cheick Diallo hopes to join that group but has not been deemed eligible at this point. The NCAA is still investigating Diallo and his high school academics at Our New Savior High School. If Diallo is not eligible for the Jayhawks it will be a huge blow to their Big12 and Final 4 aspirations. Diallo hopes to slide next to Perry Ellis in the starting lineup to form an unstoppable force down low. Even if you are not a Jayhawk fan you should cheer for Diallo’s eligibility. Having an All-American not playing this year reduces the quality of college basketball and doesn’t do Diallo any good to sit on the sidelines.

    73. Dayton Flyers Annual Red/Blue Game November 2, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The University of Dayton basketball team had their annual Red vs. Blue game on Saturday. This is a scrimmage between the starters and backups. The starters play the backups in the first half and then some of the jerseys are switched around. In the second half the new teams play one another. The game was two twelve minute halves and McElvene, also known as “Big Steve,” dominated in both halves. Big Steve is a redshirt freshman who, on the court, looked like a man amongst boys due to the skill and determination he brought to the court. McElvene, listed at 6’11” and 268 pounds, is at least 2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than anyone on the team and boy did it show! McElvene was up against true freshman, Sam Miller most of the game. Miller, at 6’9” and 240 pounds, looked completely unmatched when he would go up against McElvene. McElvene had a game high 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 9 rebounds. This was also a game high.

      Freshman Reaction

      Sam Miller, outside of being manhandled by McElvene inside, had a pretty good game. He put up 8 points on 2 of 6 shooting and was 1 for 3 from the 3 point line. He was also perfect from the line, going 3 for 3. Free throw shooting is something that UD seems to always struggle with so this is a big accomplishment. He was also second in rebounding for the game with 7 boards. Xeyrius Williams had a rough day from the floor, shooting 0 for 5 from the field and 0 for 1 from the three. He was able to gather 6 rebounds while playing 18 minutes though. John Crosby, point guard from Maryland, had a rough day also shooting 1 of 5 from the field, 0 of 2 from three, and 0 of 1 from the line while scoring 2 points and totaling 4 assists and 4 turnovers. Crosby seemed fairly out of control for a lot of the game but I think that he will grow and become a good backup point guard due to his growing potential. Ryan Mikesell, a swingman 3 or 4 from St. Henry ,Ohio, didn’t take a shot inside of the three point line. He was 1 for 5 from there totaling 3 points. Overall, I think that the freshman class had a fairly good showing for their first “game” of the season.

      Charles Cooke, the impact transfer from James Madison, looked good on the court but it didn’t really show on the stat sheet. He only took 4 shots, making 2 of them for a total of 5 points. He was also 1 of 2 from the three and missed his only free throw attempt.

      Returner Reaction

      I feel like I have to mention something about Bobby Wehrli, so I’ll start with him. This kid continues to stroke the ball from three. He was 3 for 4 on the day from three with 9 points. He also added 5 more rebounds. As a true walk on (even though he has been on scholarship for the last few semesters because of players being kicked off the team and other issues) he continues to play like a scholarship player. Wehrli has a ridiculous drive and works as hard as anyone on the team, if not harder. I love watching him play and he is a fan favorite for sure. He was given the loudest ovation out of anyone who was introduced before the game. Darrell Davis seemed to shoot the ball a whole lot. He finished the game with 7 points on 3 of 12 from the field and 0 for 4 from the three. Darrell has the potential to be one of UD’s best players. He’s the best shooter on the court at any given moment. Kyle Davis has improved his shot. He scored 9 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 1 for 2 from the three. Davis will continue to be the defensive star of the team. Kendall Pollard played so well he was the star player on the court. He continued to fill the stat sheet as he finished the game with 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in 23 minutes. Scoochie Smith continues to run the team. I believe that he is one of the best point guards in the country. He had 8 points on 3 of 8 shooting, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Scooch is an extremely fun player to watch and he’s only a junior! The next two years with him will be intriguing as far as seeing what he brings to the court!

      Overall Reaction

      I thought the team played very well together. Dyshawn was obviously missed on the court but that is something that they’ll just have to move on from and play with what they have. They still have a lot to work towards and I am still going to be very interested in seeing how the rotation will come along as the season starts. I believe this team will be a very fun team to watch all season and I’m very excited for the season to start!

      Recent Media

      Dayton has been voted to win the A10 this year during A10 media days a week or so ago. I’m not sure I remember the last time that they were projected to win the Atlantic 10 so it’ll be interesting to see how the team responds to such high expectations. Kendall Pollard was selected as a pre-season third team All Atlantic 10 selection. Dick Vitale just recently picked Dayton to win the Atlantic 10 also. That is a big deal for UD and its Flyer fans!

      Dyshawn Pierre

      Dyshawn was denied reinstatement by a federal judge late last week. The earliest he can return would be mid-December. There has been some talk about whether he will come back mid-season this year or if he will ...

    74. It’s Always Somethin’… Dyshawn Pierre Suspended for Fall Semester September 25, 2015 Alex Handorf

      The University of Dayton will once again be short a player for at least part of the season due to the suspension of Dyshawn Pierre. Coach Archie Miller was expected to have a full roster this year, but once again it’s always something. Pierre, a forward, has been suspended for the fall semester for an undisclosed reason according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Pierre is also no longer enrolled in school which means that he will not be able to practice or workout with the team and will miss the first 10 games. He is eligible, as of now, to rejoin the team against Miami, Ohio on December 22nd. Pierre will need to make sure that he stays in playing shape if he wants a chance to come back into the rotation when he is eligible.

      One thing that this team has been very good at is dealing with adversity. Due to this incident and losing Pierre, the team will have to pull together to work through this loss. Pierre was expected to contend for the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and was a second team A10 selection last year. This shows how important Pierre is to the team. If everything goes as planned, Pierre will be back for conference play.

      This incident is not the first time UD has had players get into trouble. Within the last three years, Pierre is the fifth player who has gotten into trouble. The past issues have been academic, sexual assault, burglary or have been a suspension for unidentified reasons. Three years ago for an entire season, Matt Kavanaugh was suspended. Last year Steve McElvene was declared only partially eligible along with Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson who were kicked off the team and expelled from school all together. In looking at these past incidences, it starts to make it seem like this is becoming a reoccurring event. One would like to hope that the Flyers would eventually have an issue free season.

      With Pierre’s suspension, the door is officially open for transfer Charles Cooke, a G/F, to step in. Cooke, who sat out last season due to the NCAA transfer rules, will look to replace Pierre and his 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. I think he will see a lot of playing time at the three because of Pierre’s suspension. Two years ago in his sophomore season at James Madison, Cooke was second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.3 points and 5 rebounds a game. In my opinion, Cooke will bring more of an outside presence to the team. Last year Pierre played on the perimeter, however, he was at his best when he played inside. I think Pierre is irreplaceable because he is a well-rounded player. In order to fill Pierre’s shoes, Cooke will have to step up and play his best basketball.

       

      Go Flyers!

      Alex Handorf ‘17

    75. Biggest Question: University of Dayton August 19, 2015 College Pride Press

      Flashback to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, where an injury plagued Flyer team entered the tournament as an at large 11 seed. Although they were heavy underdogs in each of their games against in-state rival Ohio State, Syracuse University, and Stanford University, the triumvirate of senior forward Devin Oliver, sophomore forward Dyshawn Pierre, and junior guard Jordan Sibert pushed them to close victories over all three schools. This was a historic moment, as the Dayton Flyers have reached the Elite 8 for only its third time in school history. It was then when the team who exceeded so many expectations were eliminated by number 1 seed Florida in the Elite 8. The Flyers lost two starters to graduation, as well as a third starter transferring in late spring, leaving many to expect a dismal season for 2014-2015. Another blow happened as forward Detwon Rogers was inactive all season due to a knee injury. More hits by the team were taken as the NCAA ruled incoming freshman, center Steve McElvane, ineligible to play in games. Two of the teams big men were dismissed from the team after being involved in a burglary case, and the teams back up point guard was shut down mid season due to concussions. Thus leaving the team with six scholarship players, and with no one over six feet, six inches tall for the latter half of the season. All eyes were then on team leaders Dyshawn Pierre and Jordan Sibert. The lineup was converged to a “small ball” gameplan, utilizing the quickness of the guards to drive to the hoop. This lineup forced other teams to use a similar gameplan, giving the upper hand to Dayton of course, as this was their only game plan. The Dayton Flyers finished 25-8 last year, even under the excruciating circumstances. Under the Archie Miller era, they had their best year defensively as they ranked 38th nationally in defensive efficiency. The team was invited as one of the First Four teams in the tournament, as Dayton was scheduled to face Boise State on their home court. Who else than Jordan Sibert to send the Flyers to the second round on a game winning three pointer. The Flyers make the second round of the tournament for the second year in a row, and Sibert was looking to make his mark. They were ousted by the Oklahoma Sooners in the third round, ending a spectacular makeshift season by the Flyers. Jordan Sibert had career best averages in points per game, rebound per game, and assists per game. Every year during his four year tenure, his marks have improved, and he truly was a viable asset that could be certainly hard to replace this year as Dayton looks to make the tournament for the third year in a row.

      The Big Question then is: Who is willing to step up to take Jordan Sibert’s place?

      Jordan Sibert averaged a career high 16.1 points per game, 3.3 rebound per game, and 2.0 assists per game. His leadership was unquestioned throughout the season, as he was arguably the Flyers’ best player. The Flyers have a lot of options on who to center their offense around. Many would look to Dyshawn Pierre and say he is primed to take the role. On the contrary, I believe junior Scoochie Smith is looking to step up even more so, as he averaged a solid 9.2 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 3.8 assists per game as a sophomore. Smith flashed signs of excellence in the 2014-2015 season, as he complemented Sibert well. There is strong belief that the Flyers could remain a guard heavy team and run in guard complemented sets since it worked so well in last years campaign. If that’s the case, it is good news for Scoochie as he flourished in Archie Miller’s “small ball” mindset. Once again, he was only a sophomore last year and his full potential has yet to be reached.

      As soon as the Flyers find a successful replacement for Jordan Sibert, the team should be able to find themselves appearing in their third March Madness appearance in the last three years. In which they should have no trouble doing so since it was proven that they could succeed even without a player over six feet, six inches tall.

      Sources:

      www.kenpom.com

      www.sports-reference.com

    76. Freshman To Watch In The 2015-2016 Season August 17, 2015 Phil Wells

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      Ben Simmons/6’10/Forward/LSU

      Ben Simmons will be one of the most special and exciting basketball players to watch in Division 1 basketball. The Montverde graduate was the number one high school recruit of the 2015 class. The 6’10 forward can do it all. I am very impressed with his athleticism and his versatility. Simmons can guard anybody on the court; he is very quick laterally for his size. Watching him play at Montverde was something special and when Simmons is on the floor he makes his presence known. The lefty shooter has an excellent touch and a pretty release. Simmons is such a rare player, having skill around the post and perimeter. His vision and passing is very mature for his age. It is not often that a 6’10 forward has passing attributes of a 6’2 Point Guard. My only question with Simmons attending LSU is his development. Johnny Jones is not known for developing his players into NBA prospects. Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey did not progress into the superstars they were supposed to be. Even with the question of development, I truly believe Simmons has the skill to be the 1st overall pick of 2016 draft. LSU fans should be very excited about their number one recruit.

       

      Jamal Murray/6’5/Point Guard/Kentucky

       

      Jamal Murray made his impression on me and many others in the Pan Am Games while playing for Team Canada. Murray was originally a part of the class of 2016 but reclassified to the class of 2015. It is scary to think that he is actually a class behind. At the Pan Am Games the Canadian native averaged 17 points and 2.4 assist per games. Those are some good numbers for someone who is 8 years younger than the average age of the players in the games. Murray has the ability to penetrate and finish on any defense. While watching Murray I noticed how much he favors his left hand, which is his off hand. At 6’5 Murray has the ability to be a 2 guard, along with having the handles and passing of a point guard. Along with his handles and passing, Murray has the outside shot that is hard to defend. I believe he has the ability to pull up on the dribble around the arc. Murray going to Kentucky brings a National Championship in sights for 2016. It is going to be scary having Isaiah Briscoe, Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray on the same team. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Murray reacts to playing with two other superstars. For him to be at his best, he needs the ball in his hands. At Kentucky he will have other guys around him that are just as talented. The Orangeville Prep Graduate is going to have to learn to help his team off the ball. But there is no question when he does have the ball, Murray will be something special for the Wildcats.

       

      Brandon Ingram/6’8/Small Forward/Duke

      With Tyus Jones, Justice Winslow and Jalhil Okafor gone, Brandon Ingram has the skill and leadership to help the Blue Devils reload their roster. Duke is bringing in 6’10 center Chase Jeter who will fill in for Okafor’s; this leaves Brandon to fill in for Winslow. With Jeter down low, I believe Coach Krzyzewski will have Ingram at a 2 or 3 in his lineup. Ingram went to high school where Jerry Stackhouse (former Tar Heel) coached. UNC fans should be very disappointed that Jerry did not persuade Brandon to attend Chapel Hill. Ingram brings a lot of versatility for Duke. Ingram has the handles of a guard and uses a quick first step to get to the basket. The small forward always remains in control and doesn’t let defenders make him feel uncomfortable. While watching Ingram I noticed when he drives in the lane he looks for contact every time. He wants to draw a foul and is not afraid to get bodied down low. Ingram is a very lanky and long with plenty room for muscle. Blue Devil fans should have another championship in sights with Ingram in the lineup.

       

      Stephen Zimmerman/7’0/Center/UNLV

      Along with a few others in his class, Zimmerman has size and athleticism. At 7 feet Zimmerman looks very smooth handling the basketball. Zimmerman was sought out by many top programs, but decided to stay in Nevada to attend UNLV. The skill I was most impressed in watching Zimmerman was his basketball IQ. He knows where everyone is on the court when he has the ball. His passing ability is very impressive; it is very smooth and fun to watch. The lefty also can shoot from mid-range, but I do not think his shot from behind the arc is at a high level yet. With development and coaching the Bishop Gorman graduate will be able to score from all over the floor. One question for the UNLV center is his frame and strength. Scouts say there is still more room for muscle and some say he needs it to go to the next level. Zimmerman has gained 20 pounds the past couple months, but we do not know if it is enough to fill out his lanky body. Expectations are very high going into UNLV as Zimmerman is expected to help the team bounce back from an average season while losing in the second round of the Mountain West. UNLV fans will look to have Zimmerman producing and excelling right when he steps on campus.

       

      Cheick Diallo/6’9/Power Forward/Kansas

      Cheick Diallo could be the best post player in this class. It is fun to see him down low against defenders. Fans will love watching him throw it down on the fast break and in the post. The Our Savior New American School graduate has outstanding rebounding ability. Cheick has the vertical, aggressiveness, and wingspan that ...

    77. 2015-2016 Dayton Flyers Roster Preview August 8, 2015 Alex Handorf

      Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

      The Dayton Flyers, who finished third in the A10 regular season, were runners up in the A10 tournament and made the Round of 32, will be returning 6 of their 7 players from last year, losing only Jordan Sibert to graduation. Bobby Wehrli, who was put on scholarship mid-season after the loss of Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott, will become a walk on again. The Flyers will have 5 returning scholarship players. These five returners are: Senior Dyshawn Pierre, Juniors, Scoochie Smith, Kendall Pollard, and Kyle Davis, and Sophomore Darrell Davis. Pierre, Smith, Pollard, and Kyle Davis have already been named the co-captains for the season. Dyshawn Pierre, the lone scholarship senior, is a “do it all” player. He is very versatile because he can play the 3, 4, or 5. He is one of the preseason favorites to win the A10 Player of the Year. The Canadian born player was named second team All-Atlantic 10 and led the team in scoring in the NCAA tournament. He will be an integral part of this team. Scoochie will be the starting point guard once again this year. He led the team in assists averaging 3.8 a game and had a 1.9:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Kendall Pollard, who was the Most Improved Player in the A10 last year, is the most athletic guy on the court at any time. This kid is fun to watch. Kendall will need to improve his free throw percentage because he gets to the line often but doesn’t shoot it well from the line. Kyle Davis may be the best lock-down defender I’ve ever seen play at UD. Kyle was able to shut down key player after key player game after game. Archie Miller can put him on any guard in the country and he will lock them down. Darrell Davis is the best three point shooter in the Atlantic 10. He will be a great asset coming off the bench for the Flyers this year. They will also be adding both, 6’ 11” center Steve McElvene who was a partial qualifier because of academics (could only practice) and Charles Cooke, a 6’5” guard who transferred in last year from James Madison. Cooke will be looking to fill the hole at shooting guard with the graduation of Jordan Sibert. McElvene will be looking to add some height to a team that didn’t play with a guy over the height of 6’6” for the majority of the year. The Flyers will also be adding four freshmen to their already talented squad. Freshman John Crosby will most likely back up Scoochie Smith at the point, Ryan Mikesell will help out at the three and Xeyrius Williams and Sam Miller will help the post play for the Flyers. The Flyers also added Sophomore Forward Josh Cunningham. He transferred in from Bradley but will have to sit out the 2015-2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules.  He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

      Coming off of a Round of 32 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Flyers will be poised to make another run and should be the favorites to win the Atlantic 10. Adding to this, for the first time in his career at the University of Dayton, Archie Miller will have a full roster to play with. Last year, the Flyers played with only 7 players for most of the season. This could have been a complete disaster, however, Archie was able to work his magic and take the Flyers to the NCAA tournament for a second straight season.

      Moreover, this year’s team will rely a lot on the returning players. Out of the five scholarship returners, four of them are returning starters and have a very good chance to start again this year depending on what Archie decides to do. The only player not likely to start would be sophomore combo guard Darrell Davis. Darrell added great energy off of the bench and led the Atlantic 10 in three point shooting at 45.2%. He seemed to have lost his confidence towards the end of the season but picked it back up during tournament time. When he is on, he can be the best player on the court. The definite starters barring any injury in the preseason would be Scoochie Smith, Dyshawn Pierre, Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard. Charles Cooke could compete with Kyle Davis at shooting guard, but I see Kyle keeping his spot. McElvene could start at center or Archie could go small and start Pollard at the 5. It will be very interesting to see what Archie decides to do this year with the cards he was dealt last year. He may continue to play small but can also use McElvene and a few freshmen and go big. The Flyers will most likely continue their “True Team” motto which really came about during the Elite 8 run two years ago. The Flyers will open up the season at home on Friday, November 13th against Southeast Missouri State. This season should be very fun to watch and could be another year to remember.

       

      Alex Handorf ’17

      Go Flyers!

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