Monday, November 16, 2015
Sleeping with the Enemy, Dayton Fliers.
I asked Tom Blackburn at Blackburn Review to tell us a little bit about Dayton and thoughts on tomorrow's game. If you visit the Blackburn Review, please follow their rules and be a good representative of the University of Alabama. Here was his response:
Dayton, the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Ten, returns 3 starters from last year's 27-9 team. UD's lone senior, and arguably most vital puzzle piece, Dyshawn Pierre, has been suspended for the first semester for violating the school's code of conduct. Archie Miller has brought in a solid freshman class and Charles Cooke, a transfer from James Madison, to add some much needed depth to the roster. Dayton goes about 8-9 deep, employs a frenetic pace on offense and places an emphasis on defensive rebounding.
UD Arena is a tough place for any opponent to play, and I'm sure the student section will be extra raucous with an excuse to start drinking on a Tuesday morning. Vegas has the Flyers as nine point favorites, but I think Bama keeps it closer than that -- call it a five point win for UD.
My first impression of the Tide is that they are young and lack depth. I think the powers that be were wise to cut ties with Anthony Grant and I assume that Avery Johnson will be an improvement -- particulary on the recruiting trail. There's reason for optimism in Tuscaloosa, as Alabama will likely be a consistent and competitive program in a year or two.
I guess both teams like to play fast, so it should be an entertaining game. I'm hoping the early Tuesday tip off will keep some of their fans away. Still, this is an away game against a team that has advanced in the tournament the last two years and has a lot of guys returning, it's going to be an uphill battle.