The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team is a midsize 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 in University of Dayton Arena.
A 2015 study of college basketball team valuations put Dayton No. 23 in the nation with 2014 adjusted earnings in excess of $16.6 million (greatest for non-football conference programs) and a valuation of almost $84 million (second highest for non-football conference programs and higher than programs such as Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Shortly the faculty hired Dayton alum Anthony Grant and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant trainer as head coach. Grant previously served as head coach at VCU and Alabama. His first time at Dayton saw the Flyers complete the first time because the 05-06 season the team finished with a losing record.
His Second season featured breakout freshman Obi Toppin, who headed the team from the A10 to a third place finish. They lost their first game of the conference championship, and also missed the NCAA championship. They got a five seed in the NIT, 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 colleges such as Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has met Xavier 158 times, more than any other opponent, and retains an 84–75 border 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. Every year Dayton plays Atlantic 10 rival St. Louis University for its rights to the Arch Baron Cup Arch Baron Cup.
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