Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region: No. 11 seed in South
The Dayton Flyers made some noise early in the season by beating the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga was ranked No. 11 at the time. The Flyers fought Baylor very tough the next game, but ended up losing by one point. They would go on to beat California and Ole Miss during non-conference play.
The Flyers lost four games in a row in Atlantic 10 play during the season and looked like they would miss out on the tourney. After that rough stretch they would go on to win 10 out of their last 12 games. That’s how you make a case for an at-large bid.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Jordan Sibert (12.5 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Devin Oliver (7.5 rpg)
Leading Passer: Devin Oliver (2.4 apg)
Bad Losses: USC, Rhode Island
Good Wins: Gonzaga, California, Ole Miss, George Washington, Massachusetts, Saint Louis
Dayton has beaten many quality opponents this year and I thought it should have been a lock going into the A 10 tournament. The Flyers did beat Massachusetts, Saint Louis and Richmond in back-to-back-to-back games very late in the season. Beating those three teams in a row would be hard for even the most talented teams in college hoops.
The Flyers may have finished tied for fifth place in the conference standings, but they can keep up with anyone in the Atlantic 10. They showed that all season long despite the six losses they had in the conference.
Dayton pulled off a couple of upsets during the season and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it did the same in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
The Dayton Flyers are dancing!