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This Team Is Different
This Team Is Different
Published by Swampy Meadows
This Team Is Different

BEVERLY HILLS (MI) -- Longtime Flyer Fans have become accustomed to what we perceive as the inevitable letdown when it comes to the final fate of the Red and Blue.

Donald Smith and Dayton demolish Notre Dame and take Bill Walton and UCLA to three OTs before eventually losing to the Wooden Wonders.

Roosevelt Chapman carries the Flyers to the Elite Eight only to bow out vs. eventual National Champion Georgetown.

OP finally resurrects the moribund UD program and earns a #4 seed, then promptly gets outplayed by #13 Tulsa

After watching the Sons of Anthony Grant battle tooth and nail with the VCU Rams in front of a rabid crowd at the Siegel Center, I am here to tell you that there is no maybe about it:

This Flyer team is different

Archie’s incredible Elite Eight squad may have been dubbed “True Team” but this edition of the Hilltoppers is the “Truest of True Teams.” Just one example: on a night when Obi was not at his best, AG had the confidence to play Dwayne Cohill for 21 crunchtime minutes and he responded with an extraordinary effort, considering he had a DNP just a few games ago. All nine guys played and all nine of them contributed.

Where will it end? We shall see.

This unprecedented run has been an absolute PR bonanza for UD, Obi, AG and the Dayton Flyers’ program. The two latest examples:

UD/VCU highlights are the lead story on Sports Center:


Which produced this nifty graphic:

Jalen’s nasty dunk checks in at #4 on the Top 10 Plays of the Night:


Tuesday’s tilt vs. VCU also produced a coupla memes for the ages:

Dwayne Cohill winking at the TV camera before draining a FT:


Obi waving to said camera after getting knocked onto his keister:


It also gave us this piece of rather incriminating evidence that a T should have been called on one Jimmy Clark of VCU. Clark stood up not five feet from Crutch and yelled at Jalen while he was in the process of shooting a three pointer:


BTW, how’d that work out for ya, Jimmy?

Elsewhere in hoopdom:

-- Dickie V is on board:

Yes @DaytonMBB just keeps rolling on as they r now 24-2 & won their 15 th in a row at VCU tonight . Only 2 L’s were in OT vs Kansas & Colorado . The Flyers fan base are so passionate & are in Hoops Hysteria over @CoachGrantUD ‘s Flyers.

So much so that he will be in town for the Davdison/UD tilt on ESPN2 next Friday:


-- TSN Mike puts to bed the fallacy that when it comes to the NBA Draft, younger = better:


-- Former Flyer great Kyle Davis will be featured in an upcoming documentary entitled Eight Nations which follows the World Vision international team of which he was a member and eventually led to KD playing in Argentina:


-- Dr. Willie gets some love from Channel 22:


-- TBT’s 2020 Championship is coming to UD Arena in August:


-- TSN Mike also thinks that IU would be making a mistake to replace Archie as HC and not “make a beeline for his successor”:


-- Coming in May: a documentary on the 30 year history of TNT’s Inside the NBA:


-- “The Sweet Tweet of the Week” comes to us from longtime sportswriter Charlie Pierce:

As someone who covered the league in its Gavitt glory days, I’d like to say that the revival of The Big East as a purely basketball conference is the best thing to happen to CBB since the shot clock. UConn in next year will be a huge boost to WBB.

Now, get Dayton in there.

That’s it “From the Swamp.”
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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By steverino015 on 02-21-2020, 07:29 AM
ohh, great memories from a 1974 team,
that became better as the season wore on..

we were 21-9, with 7 of the 9 losses to teams
that made the NCAA tournament that year...
4 of our last 6 games were away,
and 2 of those last 6 games were to teams
in the top 15....

there were only 25 teams in that tournament,
and if things rolled our way, what could of been,
so close:

if we had WON against UCLA, our next game
would of been against San Francisco,
good but most certainly beatable...

if we had won against San Francisco,
Dayton would be in the Final Four..
and our opponent?
David Thompson and NC State...
can you imagine...

we are building more memories
with this year's team...

we are more than due for a
Final Four team it seems to me

Go Flyers...

good article Swamp
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