53 Reasons: The system

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Coach Archie Miller, back right, watches as Steve McElvene and graduate assistant Brian Walsh, back left, work on post moves during the first Dayton men's basketball practice of the season on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Cronin Center in Dayton. David Jablonski/Staff
Coach Archie Miller, back right, watches as Steve McElvene and graduate assistant Brian Walsh, back left, work on post moves during the first Dayton men's basketball practice of the season on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Cronin Center in Dayton. David Jablonski/Staff

Coach Archie Miller, back right, watches as Steve McElvene and graduate assistant Brian Walsh, back left, work on post moves during the first Dayton men’s basketball practice of the season on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Cronin Center in Dayton. David Jablonski/Staff


 

The 2015-16 college basketball season is just around the corner. In honor of the Flyers winning 53 games the last two seasons (and because I couldn’t come up with 2,015 reasons), I’m counting down 53 reasons (in no particular order) to look forward to the season.

Follow the blog between now and the season opener against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 13. I will have four to five updates per week.

I’ll post links on Twitter (@DavidPJablonski) and on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DavidPatrickJablonski.

No. 16: The system

Archie Miller used the phrase “the system” in an interview with Jon Rothstein, of CBS Sports, at A-10 media day on Tuesday. Every coach has a system. Some stick to it better than others. It’s hard to argue with the results of Miller’s system.

It’s a system that values versatility. That’s the only way the Flyers made do with seven players last year. Each of those players could do a bit of everything. The new recruits Dayton brought in this season fit that mold.

“We recruited to our system and we had a breakthrough,” Miller told Rothstein. “The amazing run to the Elite Eight was one of those things that gets you to believe that it can happen. The wins we had in the tournament during that run really translated to those guys being able to play at the highest stage and I thought that set us up for the next year and being ready to go again. I felt like Jordan Sibert was much more set up for a player of the year type of year. Our sophomore class — all three of those guys were going to play heavy, heavy minutes and also all three of those guys were on the floor against Florida in the Elite Eight. To me, the continuity and being able to sustain it are big things and I think as we go into our fifth season the recruiting style is there, the system is in place, and now we have our upperclassmen holding the torch for us. I think our culture is best when players are playing to win and to get better. That’s what we have here now.”


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