2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Dayton’s 5 Most Important Players

2014 NCAA Tournament: Dayton's 5 most important players

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Dayton basketball is well on the way to bringing the Atlantic-10 conference to the forefront of college basketball. The Flyers beat Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today on a Vee Sanford bank-shot in the final seconds, 60-59. Dayton’s victory wasn’t a complete stroke of luck, but a result of the team’s skill at the wing positions. Here are five players who make the front court so effective.

5. Jalen Robinson

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5. Jalen Robinson

Jalen Robinson post
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If a team like Dayton is to advance far into the tournament, the Flyers will need some young players to step up. Jalen Robinson is a player who will certainly be productive moving forward but he has skills now to help his team. His productivity has dipped since last year but so have his minutes. If he can get on the court, Robinson will add dimension to this team.

4. Jordan Sibert

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4. Jordan Sibert

Jordan Sibert drive
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On a really balanced team, there is sometimes a lack of leadership -- everyone wants to get his own stats. On this balanced Flyers team, Jordan Sibert may be the best candidate for leadership. His strongest quality is his scoring ability but his game is lacking in ways to affect the game in other areas. It is Sibert’s tendency to take the big shots that make him vital to this team. He is not afraid of the big moment.

3. Devin Oliver

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3. Devin Oliver

Devin Oliver dunk
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Devin Oliver is by far the best rebounder on this team (7.5). Ironically, he isn’t the tallest player at 6-foot-7 but he is the team’s heart. The great thing about Oliver this year is that he increased his assist average to 2.4 per game, which is pretty impressive for a collegiate big man.

2. Matt Kavanaugh

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2. Matt Kavanaugh

Matt Kavanaugh layup
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As a Center, he doesn’t rebound well at just 3.4 per game. However, the 7-footer is a unique player for any team to have at this time of the season because most teams lack the size or depth to guard him. Kavanaugh hasn’t played a lot of minutes this season but I expect that to change as they advance in the tournament.

1. Dyshawn Pierre

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1. Dyshawn Pierre

Dyshawn Pierre Dayton
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Even as a freshman Dyshawn was an essential part of this Flyers’ team. At 6-foot-6, the rangy forward is able to shoot over defenders and he is also a sniper from 3-point distance (.386). Although Pierre is still an inconsistent player at this time in his career, he has the potential to go for a 20-plus scoring night.

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