The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team is a mid significant college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) representing the University of Dayton in Ohio. The Flyers play their home games at University of Dayton Arena.
A 2015 study of college basketball staff valuations placed Dayton No. 23 in the country with 2014 adjusted earnings in excess of $16.6 million (highest for non-football conference applications ) along with a valuation of almost $84 million (second greatest for non-football conference programs and greater than programs like Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Soon after Miller’s death for Indiana, the faculty hired Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach and Dayton alum Anthony Grant as head coach on March 30, 2017. Grant served at VCU and Alabama. His first season at Dayton saw the Flyers finish 14-17 overall, the first time since the 05-06 year that the team finished with a losing record.
His year featured breakout freshman Obi Toppin, who led the group to a third place finish in the A10. They lost their first game of the conference championship, and also missed the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. They earned a five seed but lost at Colorado in the first round.
Dayton has historic rivalries with several area teams such as Xavier, Wright State, and Miami (Ohio), in addition to fellow Catholic colleges like Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has met Xavier 158 occasions, more than any other competitor, and holds an 84–75 edge in the show through 2019. Xavier and dayton play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
With the passing of Xavier into the Big East in 2013, Dayton hunted for a fresh Atlantic 10 rivalry game that included a decoration. Each year Dayton plays Atlantic 10 rival St. Louis University for its rights to the Arch Baron Cup Arch Baron Cup.
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