Dayton players celebrate during a run against La Salle. David Jablonski/Staff
The Flyers are playing so well, I’m spending a lot of time poring over the media guide. When was the last time they did this? When was the last time they did that?
Of course, Dayton’s sports information director Doug Hauschild does a lot of that work for me. He tells us Dayton is off to its first 4-0 start since 2003-04. With a 61-50 victory over La Salle on Wednesday at UD Arena, this is Dayton’s first 14-2 start since 2008-09.
Delving a little deeper, this is Dayton’s fourth 4-0 start since it joined the A-10 before the 1995-96 season. This is the first time since the 1997-98 season it has won the first four games by double digits, and as far as I can tell, it’s only the second time since the 1955-56 season, it has won its first four games in January by double digits.
Anyway, it was an interesting night at UD Arena last evening. Here are five things to take away from the game.
1. The Flyers can handle almost anything, but probably not an injury to their leading scorer and only senior.
Dayton played well when Jordan Sibert left the game with an apparent knee injury with 10 minutes to go. He did return but was limping up the tunnel to the locker room after the game. It’s hard to imagine they maintain this level of playing without Sibert. The good news is it appeared after the game he would be OK.
Here’s an excerpt from my game story.
“He seems to be fine,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “He finished the game. He’ll do some more testing tomorrow with the medical team. They did give him a clear to go. My hope is he’ll be OK. I’m sure he’ll be very sore coming off this type of a game. In general, for our whole team right now, body maintenance is a big deal as we continue to mow through these games.”
“Whatever they throw at us, we’ll deal with it,” he said.
According to a Tweet from WHIO’s John Bedell, Sibert was hurting before the game:
During warmups before the game, Sibert came into in the tunnel past me, grimaced, held his L knee, looked at a trainer and said “my knee”… Not sure if it’s related to what just happened. But something seemed to be up with that same knee before tip for Sibert. Let’s hope he’s OK.
Meanwhile, the news on Detwon Rogers continues to be wait and see. He was on the bench in uniform and warmed up but didn’t play. Miller seems in no hurry to get him into the game. He said he hasn’t had enough practice time to play, but could play at some point down the line.
2. Scoochie Smith continues to play excellent basketball.
Archie Miller praised Smith’s development all offseason, and after somewhat of a slow start, Smith has lived up to the hype. He had 16 points, four assists and two turnovers against La Salle and hit two big baskets after La Salle had cut Dayton’s lead to 44-42 midway through the second half.
Tom Archdeacon wrote about Smith last night;
Dyshawn Pierre boiled the game down to one simple truth: