One possession in the second half exemplified everything Dayton basketball is 17 games into the season.
Jordan Sibert shoots against Saint Louis. David Jablonski/Staff
Jack Pohl, of Channel 2 in Dayton, predicted the Flyers would go 18-0 in A-10 play when we were covering the Buckeyes down in Texas last week. I laughed because Jack loves making outlandish predictions and he throws them all at me because I knows I’ll tweet them to make fun of him.
But maybe Jack’s onto something here.
I don’t really expect the Flyers to win their last 13 A-10 games, but they’re going to win a bunch of them if they maintain their current level of play. A 61-45 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday (photos here), Dayton’s eighth victory in a row, is the latest evidence that this team can win in all sorts of ways.
The 3-pointers weren’t dropping (4-of-18), but they got to the line 33 times. That’s the way they were winning earlier this season. They didn’t shoot well at the line either (64 percent) but still had no trouble with the Billikens.
Here are five things to take from the latest win:
1. The fun ride continues.
Dayton shares first place with VCU at 5-0. The Flyers have beaten five teams in the bottom seven of the standings. The Rams have wins over three teams in the top seven.
Of course, the Flyers haven’t played anyone in the top half of the league, and they’ve dominated all the teams they’ve played. There’s little reason to think they won’t compete with VCU, Davidson, George Washington, Rhode Island, UMass and Richmond, the other teams winning records in the conference.
For now, the Flyers can bask in the joy of a perfect start. Here’s the lede of my game story:
Cheerleaders throw toothbrushes and toothpaste in the stands at every Dayton men’s basketball game this season. At the same time, an advertisement on the scorer’s table for Superior Dental Care flashes one word: “Smile.”