You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Another huge opportunity and difficult task looms for UD at Saint Louis


The madness has begun. March is here, even if February remains camped in your front yard.

Look closely enough at the ground. Some bulbs have poked their way through the soil and the snow. The time changes this weekend. Everyone will soon get an extra hour of daylight to shovel the driveway the next time the snow hits.

The weather never changes inside the gym, but when March 1 arrived and Dayton hosted Massachusetts four days ago, coach Archie Miller said, “It felt like March on Saturday.”

All across the country, bracketologists are working 24-hour shifts at this time of year, while the computers calculating the RPI rack up the overtime pay. For teams like Dayton, Providence, Nebraska, Missouri, Florida State and others, there’s only one word to describe this time of year: Bubblicious.

The Flyers (20-9, 8-6) sit on the right or wrong side of the bubble in the last week of the regular season — depending of whether you’re talking to experts like Jerry Palm or Joe Lunardi — but they have a great chance to convince everyone of their tournament worthiness tonight. Dayton plays at 17th-ranked Saint Louis (25-4, 12-2) at 9 p.m.

The Flyers are 49th in the latest RPI. Saint Louis is 14th. Considering this game is on the road, this would easily be Dayton’s biggest win of the season and maybe of the Archie Miller era.

“We know the environment,” Miller said. “We know who we’re going up against and what we’re dealing with. I want to see our guys battle.”

Dayton had a similar chance one week ago and suffered their worst loss of the season, 79-53 at Saint Joseph’s. They rebounded with an 86-79 victory at home against UMass to keep their tournament hopes alive.

“We’re looking forward to going to Saint Louis for the simple fact that the last time we went on the road, we didn’t show up,” Miller said.

Saint Louis needs one win in its last two games against Dayton and at Massachusetts on Sunday to clinch at least a share of the A-10 regular-season title and the top seed in the A-10 tournament. It could also clinch both if Saint Joseph’s (21-7, 11-3) loses one of its last two games at George Washington and against La Salle.

Saint Louis beat Dayton 67-59 on Jan. 11 at UD Arena. Saint Louis has the A-10’s best defense and showed it in that game, holding the Flyers to a season-worst shooting performance of 30.6 percent. Dayton’s best player, Devin Oliver, had the worst offensive game of his career, missing all 12 of his field-goal attempts. The Flyers also lost starting center Matt Kavanaugh to a concussion in that game.

Dwayne Evans led Saint Louis with 22 points, and Austin McBroom scored 17 points off the bench.

“The great thing about Saint Louis is they’re veterans,” Miller said. “They play a lot of teams different ways. You never get a good grasp of what they’re going to do to you. When we played them in game one, they used a lot of different coverages in terms of positioning on the ball that we hadn’t seen coming in. I don’t think we handled that very well. We missed a lot of point-blank baskets versus their size.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Girls Basketball: McDavid scores 37 in Kenton Ridge win
Girls Basketball: McDavid scores 37 in Kenton Ridge win

Kenton Ridge’s girls basketball team is on the upswing as the regular season winds down and hopes to carry the momentum in the tournament. The Cougars ran away in the second half on Monday night to an 94-55 win over Greeneview in a nonconference game. It’s their fourth win in the last five games, and all of the victories have come by 20...
H.S. Results for 1/23/17: Fairborn girls win at the buzzer

Fairborn’s Evelyn Oktavec hit a shot from near midcourt as the final buzzer sounded Monday, giving the Skyhawks a 57-56 high school girls basketball victory over Chaminade Julienne. Oktavec scored a career-high 23 points for Fairborn, which has won four of its last six. Khala Powell added 16 for the Skyhawks, Kaylie Cook 9. Girls Basketball Badin...
Bengals player Adam Jones tells cop ‘I hope you die’
Bengals player Adam Jones tells cop ‘I hope you die’

Police on Monday released video from inside a police cruiser in which Cincinnati Bengals player Adam Jones goes on an expletive-filled rant following his arrest and tells the officer driver the cruiser ‘I hope you die.’ Jones, 33, was arrested Jan. 3 in downtown Cincinnati on charges of disorderly conduct and assault. He later was...
High School Boys Basketball Poll: Is your team ranked?
High School Boys Basketball Poll: Is your team ranked?

The top 10 teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right: DIVISION I 1, Cin. Moeller (20) 15-0 200 2, Newark 14-0 162 3, Pickerington Cent. 13-1 140 4, Tol. St. Francis 13-1 128 5, Massillon Jackson 12-1 111 6, Wooster 13-0 85 7...
Atlanta Falcons fan bawls after big win against Green Bay
Atlanta Falcons fan bawls after big win against Green Bay

The Atlanta Falcons are heading to Super Bowl LI, and one super fan just couldn't contain his emotions after the win Sunday. Jonathan Tarantino was watching the game with friends in his Atlanta apartment Sunday and couldn't contain his emotions after the Falcons' win against the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons defeated the Packers 44-21, securing...
More Stories