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 staff valuations put Dayton No. 23 in the nation with 2014 corrected revenues in excess of $16.6 million (greatest for non-football conference programs) along with a valuation of nearly $84 million (second greatest for non-football conference programs and greater than programs such as Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Soon the school hired Oklahoma City Thunder assistant trainer and Dayton alum Anthony Grant as head coach. Grant served as head coach at Alabama and VCU. His first season at Dayton saw the Flyers finish 14-17 complete, the first time since the 05-06 season that the team finished with a losing record.
His season featured breakout freshman Obi Toppin, who led the team to a third place finish from the A10. They dropped their first game of the conference tournament, and missed the NCAA championship for the second straight season. They got a five seed but lost in the first round.
Dayton has historical rivalries with various area teams including Xavier, Wright State, and Miami (Ohio), as well as fellow Catholic schools like Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has fulfilled 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 to the Big East in 2013, Dayton searched. 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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