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.
A 2015 study of college basketball team valuations placed Dayton No. 23 in the nation with 2014 corrected earnings in excess of $16.6 million (greatest for non-football conference applications ) along with a valuation of nearly $84 million (second greatest for non-football summit programs and higher than programs like Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Soon the faculty hired Oklahoma City Thunder assistant trainer and Dayton alum Anthony Grant as head coach on March 30, 2017. Grant served as head coach at VCU and Alabama. His first season at Dayton watched the Flyers complete 14-17 overall, the first time since the 05-06 season that the team finished with a losing record.
His Second year featured breakout freshman Obi Toppin, who led the team to a third place finish in the A10. They dropped their first game of the conference tournament, and also missed the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. They got 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), as well as fellow Catholic colleges like Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has fulfilled Xavier 158 times, more than any other opponent, and retains an 84–75 edge in the show through 2019. Dayton and Xavier play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
With the departure of Xavier to the Big East in 2013, Dayton hunted. Every year Dayton plays Atlantic 10 rival St. Louis University for the rights to the Arch Baron Cup Arch Baron Cup.
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