Kendall Pollard makes his first career 3-pointer Saturday. David Jablonski/Staff
I walked into the postgame press conference Saturday with Archie Miller (interview here), and for the first time ever, I was the only media member present. Was there another game going on or something? As someone pointed out on Facebook, that’s not a press conference. That’s an exclusive interview.
While it would have been to cover Ohio State vs. Michigan, my perfectly good credential for that game sat unused at home. I was more than happy to cover the Flyers because they’re my priority, and while their 75-41 victory over Illinois-Chicago (photos here) wasn’t a good game in a dramatic sense, it did tells us a little more about the Flyers.
Illinois-Chicago is not a good team and had almost no shot at beating UD, but it’s a good sign for Dayton that it not only beat the Flames, it did so easily, leading by as many as 38 points at one point.
It’s not a game that will help UD’s RPI (UIC is 310th out of 351 right now), but at the very least, it provides a good transition from the games in Puerto Rico to the rest of the games in December.
Here are five things we learned Saturday:
1. Nine players is better than eight.
Ryan Bass debuted for the Flyers and played 11 minutes. The senior guard from Dunbar High School and Oakland University scored two points. More importantly, he helped run the point. Dayton now has experience and depth there with a senior, a sophomore, starter Scoochie Smith, and a freshman, Darrell Davis. It can also play a nine-man rotation now instead of eight.
Here’s an excerpt of my story on Bass last night:
Ryan Bass ran into a screen named Steve McElvene in practice three days before Dayton’s first exhibition game. For 2½ weeks, he recovered from a concussion in his dorm room. He didn’t watch TV or play video games. He wasn’t even allowed to use his cell phone.