I know you probably don’t want to be thinking about Syracuse’s 2014 run (if you call it a run) right about now, but you still need to know who on Dayton’s team has beaten Syracuse on this stage before so you can root against them even more. Here’s a look at all the Flyers who were on the roster for the 2014 game (followed by what they did in that game).
Dyshawn Pierre (32 minutes, 14 points, 6 rebounds)
Dyshawn Pierre is probably the biggest contributor in Syracuse’s second round exit in 2014. He led the Flyers in scoring and went 3-4 at the free throw line to keep Dayton in the lead as time expired. He’s been a double-digit since 2014 for the Flyers and has never averaged less than 25 minutes per game in his four years with the team. This year, he’s second on the team in scoring (13 PPG) and leads Dayton in rebounding (8.6 RPG). He’ll probably be the biggest thorn in the Orange’s side once again.
Scoochie Smith (18 minutes, 5 points, 3 assists)
Dayton’s most productive freshman in 2014, the now-junior is one of three Flyers averaging double-digits this year (11.7 PPG) and leads the team in assists with 4.3 per contest. On top of having what will be the coolest name on the court, Scoochie Smith is now a two-year starter and an upperclassman, so you can expect to see a lot more of him in the rematch than what you saw the first time around.
Kendall Pollard (8 minutes, 1 steal)
Another player who has taken on a bigger role since 2014, Pollard is averaging 11 points and five rebounds on the year. He didn’t do much against Syracuse or for the Flyers in 2014, but this year he’s putting in over 25 minutes per game and has been a consistent starter for Archie Miller.
Kyle Davis (3 minutes)
In the 2014 game Kyle Davis didn’t contribute a single notable statistic. Seriously; not a single one.
Nowhere to go but up, right? In 2015 Davis got four times the minutes he logged the year before, and has been starting ever since. In fact, all four of these players have been in the Flyers’ starting lineup this year, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see all of them on the court for tipoff on Friday.
Bobby Wehrli (DNP)
Bobby Wehrli didn’t play in the 2014 game against Syracuse and might not play Friday, either. He only gets five minutes per game, but just because he’s on the bench doesn’t mean you can’t still hate him.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson