Sunday, December 16, 2007

Pay’s Pick & Roll - December 16, 2007

Flying in Dayton

In previous seasons, Dayton had the talent but just couldn’t put it together when it mattered most. So far this season, the Flyers (8-1) have already won at Louisville, Holy Cross and Miami-Ohio. Their only loss occurred a month ago at the Patriot Center, where George Mason is 5-0. Brian Roberts (18.7 ppg) is Mr. Everything for the Flyers and leads the team in points, minutes and assists. Freshman forward Chris Wright gives the team some much-needed muscle underneath.

While Louisville has disappointed early in the season largely due to injuries in the frontcourt and the ineffective play of Edgar Sosa, Freedom Hall is a very tough place to play, let alone win. Whether Dayton head coach Brian Gregory can keep this consistent string of play going will hinge on the regularity of frontcourt contributions.

The next five games – all at home – will go a long way in determining if the Flyers are worthy of A-10 Championship consideration or NIT fodder.

Dayton’s next five games:
Dec 19: vs. American
Dec 22: vs. Loyola (MD)
Dec 29: vs. Pittsburgh
Jan 2: vs. Akron
Jan 9: vs. Rhode Island

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