College Hoops Rivalry Week
When talking rivalries pf all sorts you first speak of Red Sox Yankees, Celtics Lakers, Browns Steelers, Buckeyes Wolverines and of course Blue Devils Tar Heels. But, what you must focus on is a rivalry that is very much alive and focused on all year long that has been brewing in southern Ohio for a long time; Dayton Flyers vs. Xavier Musketeers. Xavier has been the marquee mid-major team for long time as far back as when the Cavs' own Tyrone Hill was wearing the XU across his chest. Who is often forgot about is the team that challenges the 'mid-major marquee' year after year. The Flyers give the Musketeers a run for their money often three times a year. An A10 title runs through I75 every year. Xavier has been on the upside as of late but for Dayton residents and UD students goes there is only two games they concern themselves with whole-heartedly with and it rhymes with FU!
Wednesday night when most of the country was wondering which team would go up in smoke on tobacco road, the Miami River Valley was flooding with excitement. The Flyers entered the game unranked and on the bubble of an NCAA bid at 22-3 against a lock to the tourney No. 14 Xavier Musketeers. To no surprise of the most intelligent college basketball fans in the country, Dayton not only won the game but flew past FUXU by 13 points in a game not even as close as the score indicated for a 71-58 victory.
Duke NC rivalry pales in comparison to the I75 showdown of Dayton Xavier. This is exemplified when Shaver Sports interviewed a UD Alum, "If Brian Gregory loses another to Xavier I will murder one of his daughters." Now, Shaver Sports definitely does not condone any action such as that, and truth be told the man who said that is actually a pacifist living in Portland, it is proof as to where this game stands in importance. Congratulations goes out the the UD faithful as well as the Gregory family.
This win not only put the Flyers in a tie for second with XU, behind only St. Joesephs, who the Flyers already beat, it puts them in the driver seat to a first round bye in the A10 tourny. It very well might have sprayed their bubble right into the NCAA tourny regardless of what happens in the conference tournament due to the win earlier in the season against Marquette who right now stands at #10 in the AP poll. We can assure, along with the Gregory family, the 'Ghetto' fans have been sleeping soundly