Dayton – Saturday, Dec. 5

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    With rain and snow in the forecast, why not stay in a watch FREE LIVE VIDEO of the game…….. … 09aab.html



    Hat’s off to the University for scheduling this contest in the backyard of our senior / co-captain, Dave Buchberger. Dave, as those who follow the team know, attended Cincinnati’s Sycamore High School – 45 miles south of the University of Dayton. Good luck to Dave and the Mountain Hawks in this our featured game of the year.

    Here’s what the folks were saying about the Dayton Flyers before the season got underway…………..

    2009 PARRISH’s TOP 25
    RANK # 17 Brian Gregory’s team returns the core of a roster that advanced to the second round of last season’s NCAA tournament. While Xavier adjusts to the losses of Sean Miller and Derrick Brown, the Flyers must take advantage and let Chris Wright lead them to an A-10 title.

    RANK # 22 After a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Flyers will once again likely rely on their stingy defense, along with F Chris Wright, one of the Atlantic 10’s best. Gs Rob Lowery and Marcus Johnson and F Chris Johnson.

    RANK # 21

    Rank #16
    If there is a year that Dayton is going to beat out Xavier for the A-10 crown, this is it. The conference is good enough for both teams to make the NCAA Tournament, but the Flyers are the most experienced and deepest team in the conference and they want to show the nation that they are here to stay. A conference title and a run to the Sweet Sixteen should prove it.

    With four returning starters back from last year’s 27-8 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Dayton is ranked 17th in the Preseason Top 25.
    Dayton is talented and deep, returning four starters and 10 of its top 11 scorers, including all four players who earned Atlantic 10 postseason honors last season: Chris Wright, Marcus Johnson, London Warren and Chris Johnson.
    Wright, who was named to the prestigious John Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List, was also second-team All-Atlantic 10 and led Dayton in scoring (13.3) and rebounding (6.6), and set a school single-season record for dunks (54) last year as a sophomore.
    The Flyers are looking for their third straight 20-win season.

    "Being ranked nationally in the preseason is another indication that we are being looked at as a Top 25 program/ This is the third straight season we have been ranked, but the first time going into the season. Our seniors deserve all the credit in building our program to this level, but with that comes the responsibility of making sure this team performs in practice and in games like a Top 25 program."
    "I have confidence that they will do that because that is ingrained in their character. Like I’ve said before, this is great recognition for our program, but what matters to our team is what we do every time we step on the court. Our players and staff need to be focused on accomplishments, not compliments."

    A-10 Coaches’ PRESEASON POLL
    Rank# 1
    Received 33 of 57 first place votes cast by coaches and media members. Preseason first team All-Conference selection, Junior Forward Chris Wright, led the team last year averaging 13.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg.

    And, here’s a look at what Dayton (4-2) has accomplished in games to date……………..

    Sat., Nov. 14 vs. Creighton UD Arena W, 90-80 Puerto Rico Tip-Off
    Chris Johnson had a double-double, and Chris Wright led a second-half surge that carried No. 21 Dayton to a 90-80 victory Saturday over Creighton in an opening matchup of teams that won 27 games apiece last season. Dayton, ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 1967, overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and regrouped, pulling away in the closing minutes. The Flyers won their 21st in a row on their home floor, tying the school record.

    Thu., Nov. 19 vs. Georgia Tech San Juan, PR W, 63-59
    Paul Williams scored seven of his 13 points in the final minute, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, in No. 18 Dayton’s 63-59 win over No. 21 Georgia Tech in the opening game of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday.

    Fri., Nov. 20 vs. Villanova San Juan, PR L, 71-65
    Luke Fabrizius recorded career-highs of 16 points and nine rebounds, but a frantic second half rally came up short as the No. 19/21 Dayton Flyers lost 71-65 to the No. 5/6 Villanova Wildcats.

    Sun., Nov. 22 vs. Kansas State San Juan, PR L, 83-75
    A double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds from Chris Wright wasn’t enough as the No. 18/21 University of Dayton Flyers fell to the Kansas State Wildcats 83-75 in the third place game of the 2009 Puerto Rico Tip-Off. As a team, the Flyers shot 46 percent from the floor. Wright shot 7-of-10 from the floor and recorded six offensive rebounds.

    Sat., Nov. 28 vs. Towson UD Arena W, 74-69
    Chris Wright scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Dayton overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Towson 74-69. Marcus Johnson finished with 12 points and Chris Johnson added 10 for the Flyers (3-2), who have won 22 straight home games — a school record. Dayton trailed 64-46 with 9:33 left to play before its man-to-man defense began to challenge shots and create fast-break opportunities. The Flyers’ comeback began to look possible when Marcus Johnson took a rebound the length of the court for a three-point play to trim Towson’s lead to 64-55. Mickey Perry and Chris Johnson’s 3-pointers put the Flyers back in the game at 66-61 with 6:29 left. Chris Johnson and Paul Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers to complete Dayton’s comeback.

    Wed., Dec. 2 at Miami (Oh) W, 65-58
    Chris Johnson tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and a career-best four steals as the University of Dayton Flyers held on for a 65-58 victory over the Miami Redhawks. Chris Wright added 14 points and Marcus Johnson became just the 41st player in UD history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Marcus Johnson finished the contest with six points. He also came up with a clutch rebound and two key free throws with 11 seconds remaining to help the Flyers seal the victory. The senior class also became the first Dayton group to defeat Miami four consecutive times in 30 seasons.



    Game Notes: … 120509.pdf

    Some things to watch-out for…………

    The 2 Chris’ – together they account for nearly half (43%) the team’s scoring
    Chris Wright, Jr., 6’8" Forward (Number 33)
    16.0 ppg
    6.0 rpg (2nd on the team)
    .627 FG%
    3.2 TO/Game (highest on the team)

    Chris Johnson, So., 6’5" Guard (Number 4)
    14.8 ppg
    7.5 rpg
    .431 FG%

    London Warren – think Prentice Small + 4" (Number 01)
    High energy senior point guard called by many the "Jacksonville Jet"
    Skilled ball handler (4.5 Assists and 2.33 A/TO ratio last year)
    Tempo-setter – true quarterback
    Don’t expect a 3 to leave his hands (0 for 3 this year and 5 for 13 for his career)

    Senior Leadership
    Beside Warren, the Flyers will roll out two other seniors to begin play. They are Marcus Johnson (g) and Kurt Huelsman (f). In the wings, you also have a number of other seniors – most notably Mickey Perry (g).

    Big-time crowd
    Towson drew 12,730. Expect same or more.

    All-out blitz to start the game
    Towson embarrassed them in the opening half of their game last week out-scoring the Flyers 42-33. They’ll be anxious to put us away and prove the odds-makers right (Sagarin calls it: Dayton -17).



    Some more to worry about as we approach tip-off, thanks to

    Chris Wright

    …… the lineup, don’t worry………the Dayton Flyers are 44-11 overall, 30-0 at home and 6-3 against ranked opponents during his UD career. In fact, he is undefeated at home (49-0) over his last four years of organized basketball in high school and college.
    ……..has 79 career dunks in a Flyer uniform.
    …….possesses a 43-and-a half inch vertical leap.
    ……..has scored in double figures in 15 of his last 17 contests.

    End of game heroics
    Dayton has played its best basketball this season in the final five minutes of regulation, out-scoring its opponents 84-51. The Flyers are shooting 23-of-45 (.511) from the floor, 9-of-20 (.450) from beyond the arc and have an astounding 5.0 assist-to-turnover ratio (15 assists and three turnovers). Defensively, UD is limiting opponents to 12-of-32 shooting (.375), 2-of-12 from three (.167) and have forced 14 turnovers in that span.


    OK, I am depressednow ;)



    Cheer-up RichH, Dartmouth comes to town in 12 days. Besides, look at it as a learning experience. I bet McCollum, Knutson, Holden, and Peters never thought they’d take part in a game of this magnitude and before this many fans when they signed onto Lehigh a year ago. Gabe, this is a step up from Waukee High in Urbandale, Iowa. Go LU! Let’s see how close we can keep it!

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