BEVERLY HILLS (MI) -- It doesn’t matter the destination of Archie Miller’s annual four-day Flyer “business trip” -- Anaheim, Maui, Charleston or Orlando -- the desired outcome is always the same:
Win the danged thing!
Let’s face it, only one team is gonna come home from any particular holiday basketball tournament 3-0; conversely, one squad will finish 0-3; three programs will go 2-1 and another trio will depart 1-2.
Obviously, we would have all loved it if UD had beaten Nebraska, but that would have set up a tilt vs. powerful UCLA on short rest and having to contend with their all-world freshman PG Lonzo Ball. Even Captain Optimism here realizes that was not a game that Dayton probably was going to win, given the roster’s current configuration. Better to face a scrappy Portland squad and then finish with another W over New Mexico, leaving LA 2-1 for the tourney.
While theoretically UCLA might have provided an RPI lift, I think we would all agree that given the Red & Blue’s banged up condition, it’s all about the Ws for Archie’s guys from now until March.
Taking a look at our very own highly accurate UD Pride RPI Rankings, the Hilltoppers are currently #20, with an SoS of 7:
Looks to me like losing to the Cornhuskers and beating Portland and UNM didn’t tarnish the Flyer resume at all.
Checking in with Ken Pomeroy provides some equally interesting datapoints:
Your Dayton Flyers currently rank:
#39 in Adjusted Offense
#41 in Adjusted Defense
#59 in Non-Con SoS
#278 in Luck Factor
I guess losing two games at the last minute to a very good St. Mary’s squad and a decent Nebraska team certainly qualifies as lacking in the luck department.
So far the Atlantic 10 isn’t exactly lighting things up in the Non-Con and it is reflected in the members’ RPI rankings. According to a David Jablonski tweet:
St Bonnie 67
St Joe 98
St Louis 296
-- Pickin’ Splinters
dissects the Nebraska loss:
-- Archie says the Flyers are learning to play together:
-- A DDN
blast from the past Marc Katz is now writing for Dayton City Paper
and provides a great testimonial to the power of the Flyer Faithful
-- The Dayton Women’s Volleyball team is ready to make their mark as the only one loss team in the NCAA Tournament:
-- Sean McDonough’s long and winding path to becoming the best PBP guy on TV:
-- How Charlie Scott chose UNC and became the Tar Heels' first black scholarship athlete:
-- Great long-form piece from Vanity Fair
on how “A Christmas Story” went from low-budget fluke to an American tradition:
That’s it “From the Swamp.
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