The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team is a mid major 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 analysis of college basketball team valuations put Dayton No. 23 in the country 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 highest for non-football conference programs and higher than programs such as Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Soon the school hired Dayton alum Anthony Grant and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach as head coach on March 30, 2017. Grant previously served as head coach at VCU and Alabama. His first time at Dayton saw the Flyers finish the first time since the 05-06 year 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. They dropped their first game of the conference tournament, and also missed the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. They got a five seed in the NIT, but lost at Colorado in the first round.
Dayton has historic rivalries with several area teams including Xavier, Wright State, and Miami (Ohio), as well as fellow Catholic colleges such as Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has fulfilled Xavier 158 times, more than any other competitor, and holds an 84–75 border in the series through 2019. Xavier and dayton play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
With the passing of Xavier into the Big East at 2013, Dayton searched for a fresh Atlantic 10 rivalry game that included a trophy. Every year Dayton plays with Atlantic 10 rival St. Louis University for the rights to the Arch Baron Cup Arch Baron Cup.
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