Dayton just a bigger version of Olean, but its team is superior


I’m not sure who St. Bonaventure fans hate losing to more: Canisius, Niagara or Dayton.

Losing to the Griffins and Eagles sucks because the Bonnies aren’t supposed to lose to those losers. Losing to Dayton sucks because Flyers fans are as pompous as they come.

Lest they forget that Dayton is just a bigger, shittier version of St. Bonaventure and Olean.

Much like Olean, there is nothing to do in Dayton. Its residents fill the campus arena to the brim like a Michael Jackson concert when teams like Siena and Alabama A&M meet in “NCAA Tournament” games. Dayton touts itself as some great basketball mecca when the reality there is nothing better to do than venture to the arena to watch shitty teams play hoops.

Nevertheless, we at the blog respect UD’s passionate fan base, the Flyers program and its coach. The Flyers are damn good this year, clearly superior to the Bonnies.

That was proven Thursday night in UD’s thorough 78-61 victory at the Reilly Center. The smaller, but faster Flyers buried 14 3-pointers, shot 55.8 percent from the floor and were much too quick for the Bonnies to keep up.

UD is 5-0 since its two tallest players were booted from the team. Coach Archie Miller has used a rotation of six scholarship players and a walk-on – none taller than 6-foot-6. (This short-handed group somehow outscored the Bonnies, 20-7 in bench points.)

This Flyers team reminds of the JR Bremer, Marques Green and Mike Gansey led Bonnies of 2002-03 that played 6-foot-6 Vidal Massiah and Robert Cheeks in the frontcourt. The big difference is that those Bonnies didn’t have an inside-outside talent like Dyshawn Pierre.

Pierre is the one that got away, choosing the Flyers over the Bonnies three years ago. To put it lightly, the Ontarian torched the Bonnies again on Thursday.

Coach Mark Schmidt didn’t know whether to double team Pierre and leave shooters open on the perimeter or play him one-on-one and hope for the best. In the end it didn’t matter. Neither tactic worked.

Going into the game, Schmidt was worried that the Bonnies would struggle keeping UD’s quick guards in front of them. His worst fears came true.

“We couldn’t defend them. We couldn’t keep them in front of us,” he said afterward. “When they shoot the ball like they did tonight, they’re a tough team to play.”

So this Jekyll & Hyde season continues for the Bonnies, Schmidt and Youssou Ndoye, who had all of one field goal against the small ball Flyers after getting the better UMass’ Cady Lalanne. Go figure.

Schmidt’s team is the ultimate middle man of a bad Atlantic 10 conference. They can probably beat anybody in the league and also lose to anybody.  Luckily, the A-10 is so horrific this season that the Bonnies might actually reach the .500 mark in conference games.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Bonnies still have to play the talented Flyers in the bigger, shittier version of Olean.

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