The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team is a mid significant 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 country 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 like Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Shortly after Miller’s departure for Indiana, the faculty hired Oklahoma City Thunder assistant trainer and Dayton alum Anthony Grant as head coach. Grant served at Alabama and VCU. His first season at Dayton watched the Flyers finish 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 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 various area teams such as Xavier, Wright State, and Miami (Ohio), in addition to fellow Catholic schools like Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has met Xavier 158 times, more than any other opponent, and retains an 84–75 edge in the series through 2019. Xavier and dayton play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
With the departure of Xavier to the Big East in 2013, Dayton hunted for a new Atlantic 10 rivalry game that included a trophy. Every year Dayton plays Atlantic 10 rival St. Louis University for the rights to the Arch Baron Cup Arch Baron Cup.
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