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Dayton Basketball Games 5 and 6

Dayton Flyers (5-0) 60
Auburn Tigers
(3-2) 59
Friday, November 28 (Final in OT)

Dayton Flyers (6-0) 89
#15 Marquette Golden Eagles
(5-1) 75
Saturday, November 29

Dayton wins the Chicago Invitational Challenge
Sears Center, Hoffman Estates, IL

I can’t believe it. In two of the most opposite games in history, the Dayton Flyers improve from the worst three point shooting performance in thirteen years, to beating the fifteenth ranked team in the nation. In both games, however, the Dayton Flyers of 2008-2009 beat “BCS” conference opponents and won an early season tournament with other mid-major schools such as Northen Iowa, Chicago State, and Texas Southern.

Official Dayton recap (Auburn): “JOHNSON’S FREE THROWS HELP UD TO A 60-59 OVERTIME WIN OVER AUBURN”
Official Auburn recap: “Auburn Basketball Falls Short In Overtime To Dayton, 60-59”
Official ESPN Recap
: “Clang! Dayton tries, misses 24 3-pointers, still beats Auburn”

Official Dayton recap (Marquette): “FLYERS UPSET NO. 15 MARQUETTE 89-75 TO WIN THE 2008 CHICAGO INVITATIONAL”
Official Marquette recap:
“Marquette Falls to Dayton, 89-75”
Official ESPN Recap:
“Dayton’s depth, quickness too much for No. 15 Marquette” Continue reading

November 30, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | Leave a comment

Dayton Basketball Game #4

Dayton Flyers (4-0) 71
Mercer Bears (2-2 vs. Division 1 opponents) 53
Tuesday, November 25
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

This was supposed to be the first trap game of the year for the young Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team: a tough game against an upstart mid-major just two days after an easy victory over Bethune-Cookman. Mercer came into this game out-rebounding their opponents by a margin of 15.5 on the year, and in victories over SEC opponents Alabama and Auburn last week, they had an offensive rebounding advantage of over 20% (46.0 to 24.4% average). Dayton has been getting better over the last few games, but I don’t think that anybody would say that we could easily beat any SEC team right now. The Flyers had looked good enough to be competitive within the framework of the Atlantic-10 this season, but I was doubtful that they would be one of the best mid-majors in the nation. This game cemented the Flyers role as one of the top mid-majors in the nation.

In another high-flying evening at UD Arena, Chris Wright and company soared off to a 48-26 halftime lead in a game they never trailed. If someone had told me before the game that in the end, Mercer would have 13 more free throw attempts, and would force four more turnovers, I would have seriously doubted our ability to win this game. Yet in the end, the tenacious defense that has been a staple in the early going of 2008-2009 came through when necessary and the Flyers prevailed 71-53.

Official Dayton recap: “HIGH-FLYING DAYTON SOARS TO 71-53 WIN OVER MERCER”
Official
Mercer recap
: “Shooting Woes Prove Costly as Dayton Tops Bears”

Official ESPN recap: “Dayton 71, Mercer 53” Continue reading

November 27, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | Leave a comment

Dayton Basketball Game #3

Dayton Flyers (3-0) 78
BethuneCookman Wildcats (0-2 vs. Division 1 opponents) 38
Sunday, November 23
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

On Sunday afternoon, Flyers fans witnessed another improving performance by the Dayton men’s basketball team over at UD Arena. After a 3-point win over Wofford started the season, the Flyers have been improving with every minute on the court, and this one was just pure domination. In the school’s biggest victory in seven years, the Flyers defeated a team that could arguably be among the worst in Division 1 by 40 points. Bethune-Cookman returned only four letter men from their 11-21 season last year, and this game showed without a doubt how superior the Flyers are to this team from the MEAC.

In game two against Delaware State, Coach Brian Gregory received tremendous team defensive performances from London Warren, Rob Lowery and Mickey Perry as the team coasted to a 20-point victory. In this one, however, it was a stellar all-around performance that put the Wildcats out early, and everything started with Marcus Johnson. The junior guard/forward out of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School scored seven of the first nine Flyers points in the game, and boosted his season efficiency averages during the rest of the game, finishing with a 16 point, 6 rebound, 26 minute performance. The defense, on the other hand, held Bethune-Cookman to 12-50 from the field, forced at least 20 turnovers for the third straight game, and was tremendous in the paint. For the third game in a row as well, the Flyers opponent shot either equal to or worse percentage-wise from two-point field goals than three-point field goals (opponents are shooting 31.3% from twos and 35.1% from threes).

Official Dayton recap: “JOHNSON & JOHNSON LEAD UD TO BIGGEST WIN IN SEVEN YEARS, 78-38
Official Bethune-Cookman Recap: “Dayton Remains Unbeaten With 78-38 Win Over B-CU Sunday in Oho”

Official ESPN recap: “Dayton 78, Bethune-Cookman 38” Continue reading

November 24, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | Leave a comment

Dayton Basketball Game #2

Dayton Flyers (2-0) 62
Delaware State Hornets
(0-2 vs. Division 1 opponents) 42
Wednesday, November 19
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

The Dayton Flyers continued their young season with a much more impressive win over the Delaware State Hornets on Wednesday night. This win was an impressive all-around showcase for the entire team, much unlike the way the Flyers started the season against Wofford on Sunday. Coming into the game, I looked to the Flyers to improve their team rebounding statistics after being out-performed 35-29 by the smaller Wofford Terries, as well as improving their overall efficiency on offense after a very sloppy start to the season. They did both of these things in resounding fashion, as a 36-12 run spanning nearly 20 minutes helped the Flyers break free and hold on for good.

After game one against Wofford, I felt that there would be no way this team could beat anyone in Division 1 by 15 points or more. Their rebounding was sub-par, their offense didn’t click at all, and if it were not for 16 unforced turnovers, they very easily could have lost their season opener in shocking fashion. Against 2005-2007 MEAC regular season champions Delaware State, however, the Dayton Flyers proved that they are very much worthy of their third place finish in a preseason Atlantic-10 poll. They looked incredibly athletic and capable of turning it on full-speed on both sides of the ball in this one, and their entire offense was built on their steady on-ball defense led by the superb play of point guards London Warren and Rob Lowery.

Official Dayton recap: “BRIAN GREGORY REWARDED WITH 100TH CAREER WIN
Official Delaware State recap: “DAYTON FLYS PAST HORNETS, 62-42″

Official ESPN recap: “Dayton 62, Delaware St. 42” Continue reading

November 20, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | Leave a comment

Dayton Basketball Game #1

Dayton Flyers (1-0) 52
Wofford
Terriers (0-1) 49
Sunday, November 16
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

The Dayton Flyers kicked off their season Sunday evening against the Wofford Terriers of the Southern Conference. The Flyers had high hopes heading into this season with the healthy return of sophomore Chris Wright and several other key players, but they barely managed to come away with a win in game one at UD Arena. In a very sloppy game filled with turnovers, missed shots, and lost opportunities, the Flyers managed to come away with a 52-49 victory.

As low scoring as this game was, it also provided for a very interesting first look at the 2008-2009 Flyers basketball team in comparison to what Dayton had last season. Last year, only seven times did the Flyers score less than 60 points, and they went 3-4 in those games (20-7 otherwise). In this one, it took a monster performance from both Wright, and junior Marcus Johnson to finish with the victory.

Official Dayton recap: “MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE HOME OPENER, 52-49
Official Wofford recap: “Men’s Basketball Opens Season With 52-49 Loss At Dayton”

Official ESPN recap: “Dayton 52, Wofford 49”

Continue reading

November 17, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | 1 Comment

Election Night Live Blogging Experiment

Here is a look at my thoughts during the course of Election Night 2008. I decided just today to update all of the final results and organize my updates all into one post. Hope you enjoy!

Update #1 (as of 7:15 PM):

Just to let you know what races I will be watching tonight. Expect a new update about every hour or so tonight, as I will be crunching numbers in the biggest races:

Presidential Races:
Colorado (polls ranging from 4 to 6 for Obama)
Florida (polls ranging from -1 to 2)
Georgia (polls ranging from -7 to -4)
Indiana (polls ranging from -3 to 0)
Montana (polls ranging from -5 to -2)
North Carolina (polls ranging from -2 to 1)
North Dakota (polls ranging from -6 to -2)

New Hampshire (polls ranging from 5 to 9)
New Mexico (polls ranging from 6 to 9) Continue reading

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , | 1 Comment

The Boots (November 4, 2008)

Boot Up: Cavaliers + Hornets – The Cavaliers lost in New Orleans the other night as Chris Paul had yet another amazing night, but you will be hearing about these two teams well into the NBA Playoffs this season. Simply because LeBron had an off shooting night on the road against one of the top teams in the Western Conference, does not mean that Cleveland will trail behind Boston, Detroit, or Orlando again this season. This was not supposed to be a very easy game for the Cavaliers, and I expect within the team’s record to start to bounce back within the next week or so. The Hornets on the other hand, should continue to be a force in the Western Conference with stud-muffin Chris Paul and free agent pick up James Posey. In the next Boot Down about the most recent big trade in the NBA, I will analyze the rankings of the Eastern Conference, and here is my analysis about the West:

Western Conference Preview:

The LA Lakers are the top team in the NBA without a doubt. A healthy Andrew Bynum playing alongside Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, and Kobe Bryant means that the Lakers have the best starting lineup in the entire league. As is well documented on The Wages of Wins blog, it seems like that Lakers will be the top team in the league for quite some time as well. Continue reading

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Politics, The Boots | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment