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Business as usual is moving backwards

Posted on: January 29, 2010 12:28 pm
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Going into this season, I had really high hopes that UD would take a strong step in the positive direction.  Coming off of a great season last year and bringing back almost all of the team, I felt UD could move past occasional NCAA bid to a team that makes the Tourney 8 out of 10 season.  Teams like Xavier, Bulter, and Gonzaga where once in the same position that the Flyers were going into the season.  Coming off of a strong year, having a talented team, and ready to take the next step forward.

I think that's why this season has been such a disappointment to me.  At the beginning of the season, everything had seemed to fall into place:  Pre-season ranking, a strong field at the PR Tip Off, an OOC schedule that had a few tough teams and a few cupcakes (like it should be), and UD being picked to win the A-10.  This should have been the year that program moved solidly into the top 50 NCAA programs year in and year out.  Yeah Dayton will never be North Carolina, Kansas, or Kentucky, but they could be like the "mid-major" teams that are always in contention.  Teams that always get solid national recruits, not just the best local talent.

But instead of jumping ahead, it was business as usual for the Flyers: playing poorly on the road, losing to Xavier in Cincy (again...), playing down to teams that aren't as talented, not winning the A-10.  I don't think anyone who comes to this site would agrue that this is the most talented Dayton team in years (as far back as I can remember anyway).  And yet the results are the same as they have been for a while.

Reading the title of this post you probably thought I was going to rant and rav about how horrible BG is and how he needs to go.  I'm not going to get into that.  I don't know enough about coaching basketball or recruiting.  But what I do know is when an opportunity arises you have to take it.  You usually don't get a second change.  That is the change in direction I hoped UD would take this year.  I'm sorry that they weren't able to capitalize on their chance.
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Category: NCAAB
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Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2010 9:56 am
 

Business as usual is moving backwards

I agree it has been a disappointing season to date, and probably will end up being a complete disappointment unless the Flyers can go 8-1 in their final nine A 10 games.  I think Gregory is a good, not great, coach and recruiter.  I understand recruiting for Dayton is not as easy as it is for ACC, Big East, SEC, etc. teams but it should be easier than most if not all A 10 schools.  He has recruited lots of very gifted athletes which has made us very competitive, especially defensively.  But if we are to move ahead into that group of schools that is consistently in the top 50 and makes the NCAA 8 out of 10 times in a ten year span then he needs to recruit a few more basketball players to compliment the athletes.  It has been forever since we have had a true inside threat (Sean Finn) and even longer since we have had a true knock-down 3 pt. shooter (dare I say Norm Greavey).  The last real basketball player we have had in my estimation is Brian Roberts, although I still hold out hope that Chris Johnson can be a great player.  A player the caliber of Roberts (I will settle for Chris Johnson here) with an inside threat like Finn and a 3 pt. specialist to go along with six or seven of these athletic-type players that we have now (Chris Wright, Marcus Johnson, Paul Williams, Josh Benson, Rob Lowery, London Warren, Mickey Perry) would put this team in an elite class.  Until we can recruit those true-type basketball players we will remain a competitive team that gets after it defensively, wins some games (some against teams we shouldn't beat) because of that D and our athleticism, but loses to some teams we shouldn't lose to because we have a bad shooting day and can't muster anything offensively.  That type of team will get us in the NCAA occasionally but not consistently.  We will even win an NCAA game from time to time (WVU last year) but we won't make the leap to that next level of consistency.  Here's to hoping BG can step up his recruiting and keep getting the athletes he does but sprinkles in some real true-blooded basketball players. 


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