Dayton vs. Davidson on Tuesday. David Jablonski/Staff
Four words sum up Dayton’s 18th game of the season and third loss: “one of those games.”
The Flyers had It during their eight-game winning streak. They didn’t have It on Tuesday at Davidson in a 77-60 loss (photos here). Jordan Sibert had It for the first 10 minutes. That’s about as long as the Flyers stayed in the game. Now as Bill Belichick might say, it’s on to Richmond for Dayton.
Here are five things to take from the game:
1. Archie Miller’s not worried.
Nor should he be. The Flyers weren’t going to go 18-0 in the A-10 (despite the Jack Pohl prediction I previously wrote about). They’re 5-1 a third of the way through the conference schedule, and that’s not bad.
Lede of my game story:
Dayton coach Archie Miller saved his best for last. He found a way to make light of a dark night for the Flyers with his final statement at the post-game press conference.
4. Dayton’s top 25 stay will be short.
Just as many fans feared, as soon as the Flyers earned a ranking, they lost. That’s what happened last season, and it happened again Tuesday. It’s unlikely a victory over Richmond on Saturday will be enough to keep Dayton in the top 25.
5. Saturday’s game will another tough test
Richmond just beat this same Davidson team 89-63 on Saturday. Of course, that game was in Richmond. Earlier in January, Richmond lost 81-67 at Davidson. Obviously, the home-court advantage means something. It sure did Tuesday night at Davidson.