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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

House of Pain: The Dayton Preview

The Terriers walk into their 11th and final non-conference game tonight on a three-game winning streak (a first!) and missing another body on their ever-shortening bench (sadly, not a first).

Against Mount St. Mary's, BU was shooting a hot rock at 56 percent. The main beneficiaries were John Holland, who threw down some of his patented slams, and Jake O'Brien, who earned the America East Player of the Week for the effort. Not to be overlooked were Corey Lowe's 9 assists. To me and many around us, though, the story of the game was the ridiculously quick whistles of the zebras. Both teams were called for fouls on seemingly every possession, which prevented the game from having any sort of flow at all. Refs, let 'em play!

But during the game, I noticed that BJ Bailey, our lone freshman, was not among the few in uniform on the bench nor the many in suits on the bench. His departure from the team was confirmed by some BU folks at halftime.

The highlight of the game was clearly this guy's hair:

Tonight, we catch Dayton, a team picked first in the Atlantic 14 conference and one that we saw play in Puerto Rico. They were damn good, despite the fact that they lost 2 games just like we did. Thing is, they beat Georgia Tech (which ended up pasting us in our last game). At least both teams' losses to K-State were comparable. They have one young man in particular, Chris Wright, who is quite good at basketball.

Even more impressive than Dayton's basketball players are its basketball fans. They were the biggest group of fans in San Juan, and I thought they were loud there; I can't imagine what it'll be like inside University of Dayton Arena tonight.

This is our last chance to make a splash in the non-conference and improve our RPI, but it's a tall order tonight.

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At 2:20 AM, Blogger Honey and Vinegar Sports Blog said...

Crazy atmosphere at the game, would have never thought that they were playing BU

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

Were you there???

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Honey and Vinegar Sports Blog said...

Yea made the trip up, it was a good time, especially when the guys got it down to 54-50

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the scoop on BJ Bailey? I know he was recruited by Coach Wolff, but he seemed to fit into Coach Chambers new system.
If he is leaving, too bad.
But Chambers will have all of his own players sooner than anyone could have imagined.
Everyone of the team now is a Wolff recruit.


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