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 study of college basketball staff valuations put Dayton No. 23 in the nation with 2014 adjusted earnings in excess of $16.6 million (greatest for non-football conference programs) along with a valuation of nearly $84 million (second highest for non-football summit programs and higher than programs such as Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Soon after Miller’s death for Indiana, the school hired Dayton alum Anthony Grant and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant trainer as head coach on March 30, 2017. Grant served as head coach at Alabama and VCU. His first time at Dayton saw the Flyers finish the first time since the 05-06 season the team finished with a losing record.
His season featured breakout freshman Obi Toppin, who led the group in the A10 to a third place finish. They dropped their first game of the conference championship, and also missed the NCAA tournament. They earned a five seed but dropped 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 schools like Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has fulfilled Xavier 158 times, more than any other competitor, and retains an 84–75 edge in the series through 2019. Dayton and Xavier play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
With the departure of Xavier into the Big East at 2013, Dayton hunted for a fresh Atlantic 10 rivalry game that included a trophy. 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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