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Five years ago today, Dayton Flyers hired Archie Miller

  • 11:17 am Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 by David Jablonski
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Archie Miller at his introductory press conference.

On April 3, 2011, UD introduced Archie Miller as its head coach. Here’s the story from Tom Archdeacon:

DAYTON — When the name was brought up, John Miller started to laugh: “Ever hear of Archie Bunker? Man, that’s how he got that nickname. He was ornery, just a tough little guy growing up. But my wife has a hard time with that. She says, ‘His name is Ryan. Why do they keep calling him Archie?’ And I tell her, ‘Well, he’s just a nasty, tough little bugger. He doesn’t back down from nothing.’”

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It’s March, and Archie Watch has begun

  • 8:16 pm Monday, March 21st, 2016 by David Jablonski
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Archie Miller shouts to his team during a game against Syracuse. David Jablonski/Staff

Keeping an eye on Archie Miller rumors has become an annual rite of spring in Dayton three years in a row. Ever since Miller took the Dayton Flyers to the Elite Eight in 2014, his name has pops up anytime a top coaching job opens. Fans and media at Florida, Alabama, Tennessee — even UNLV this year — have added to the intrigue of Archie Watch every year.

Miller has reiterated over the years he is happy at Dayton. Just last week before the NCAA tournament and the [More]

Dayton Flyers fans react with glee, sympathy to Xavier’s loss

  • 9:46 am Monday, March 21st, 2016 by David Jablonski
The Wisconsin bench reacts after Bronson Koenig's last second 3-point shot against Xavier to give Wisconsin a 66-63 victory in a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Archie Miller called March a harsh month after the Dayton Flyers lost 70-51 to Syracuse in the first round Friday. Dayton’s old rival, Xavier, would agree with that statement after what they experienced Sunday. One of Xavier’s great teams, if not its greatest, failed to make it past the second round, losing 66-63 to Wisconsin on a last-second 3-pointer.

A few Dayton rans reacted with sympathy to Xavier’s lost. Some giggled with glee. Here are a few of their best Tweets.

Twitter Reacts: Syracuse Orange 70, Dayton Flyers 51

  • 9:38 am Saturday, March 19th, 2016 by David Jablonski

Dayton leaves the court after the loss Friday. David Jablonski/Staff

If you’re a Dayton Flyers/Cincinnati Reds fan, as many of you are, you dreaded the end of this basketball season because there’s not much hope coming in the spring down at Great American Ball Park.

A memorable season ended for the Dayton Flyers on Friday with another frustrating loss, 70-51 to Syracuse, but hey, at least they didn’t lose to Middle Tennessee State. Here’s how Twitter reacted:

Twitter Reacts to Dayton’s NCAA tournament selection

  • 12:22 pm Monday, March 14th, 2016 by David Jablonski

Devin Oliver celebrate’s UD’s win over Syracuse in 2014. David Jablonski/Staff

I watched the NCAA tournament selection show at the home of the Dayton Daily News and WHIO on Sunday. I had pizza and a Coke, and it didn’t lesson the pain of watching Charles Barkley and Co. turn what used to be a fun and fast reveal of the bracket into a yawn-fest that seemed to last as long as a “Lord of the Rings” movie.

Only one thing saved Sunday evening: #LeakedBracket, which I’m sure means nothing to the large chunk of the population not on Twitter. Here’s how Twitter reacted to that [More]

Twitter Reacts: St. Joseph’s Hawks 82, Dayton Flyers 79

  • 7:27 am Sunday, March 13th, 2016 by David Jablonski
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Pure chaos of a trap in the final minute Saturday. David Jablonski/Staff

I don’t often take fans’ complaints about officiating seriously. Complaining about missed calls is like complaining about missed shots. No one’s figured out how to make every shot, except Steph Curry. No one’s figured out how to make a block/charge call after all these years. In the history of sports, there has never been a game in which the officials haven’t been at fault for a loss. That’s what I hear anyway.

Having said that, there was such a deluge of vitriol toward the officials Saturday, I’m going to [More]

Twitter Reacts: Dayton Flyers 69, Richmond Spiders 54

  • 12:07 am Saturday, March 12th, 2016 by David Jablonski
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Archie Miller, Steve McElvene and Dyshawn Pierre on Friday. David Jablonski/Staff

The Dayton pep band started singing, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in the final minutes of the Flyers’ 69-54 victory over the Richmond Spiders on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. That’s the song about spiders falling down water spouts.

These Spiders fell down in the opening minutes and didn’t get up. Dayton had a lot to do with it. The Flyers looked March Ready in their 25th victory. Here’s how Twitter reacted:

March Forecast VII: Where will Dayton Flyers end up in NCAA tournament

  • 8:47 pm Monday, March 7th, 2016 by David Jablonski
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Kendall Pollard reacts after a defensive stop against VCU. David Jablonski/Staff

On the Archie Miller Show on Monday night on 1290 WHIO, Dayton’s coach looked back on the moment five years ago when he was hired. He rode in a small car from a Marriott in Cincinnati to a Marriott in Dayton with Tim Wabler, Neil Sullivan, Mike Kelly and Dave Harper. He had some time to think about what he would say at his introductory press conference.

“I wasn’t trying to be somebody I wasn’t,” Miller said. “I wasn’t trying to win the press conference. I said, ‘I don’t know why [More]

One crazy play: Dayton Flyers vs. VCU Rams

  • 9:34 am Monday, March 7th, 2016 by David Jablonski
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No one will forget the shot by Kyle Davis. No one will forget the performance of Scoochie Smith. Dayton’s 68-67 victory over VCU on Saturday at UD Arena will live forever.

However, if one play defined a tense night in which neither team had more than a four-point lead in the last 18 minutes of the second half and all five minutes of overtime, it was a 3.2 second-sequence in the final 10 seconds of overtime.

Kyle Davis made his go-ahead layup with 16 seconds to play. The Flyers led 68-67. VCU lost the ball out of bounds with 9.2 seconds left on [More]

Twitter Reacts: Dayton Flyers 68, VCU Rams 67

  • 11:16 am Sunday, March 6th, 2016 by David Jablonski

Kendall Pollard and AD Neil Sullivan, right, after the win. David Jablonski/Staff

Students were chanting “Canada” for Dyshawn Pierre before the game. UD President Dr. Dan Curran watched at least part of the game from the front row of the student section right next to the Pilot and Flight Attendants (not sure if he was there when the players were mobbed by students after the game). Pierre, who said he had a terrible game on Senior Night, and fellow senior Bobby Wehrli, who did not play on Senior Night, left the court with big smiles anyway.

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