Dayton Flyers men’s basketball
The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team is a midsize 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 analysis of college basketball team valuations placed Dayton No. 23 in the nation with 2014 corrected earnings in excess of $16.6 million (greatest for non-football conference applications ) along with a valuation of almost $84 million (second greatest 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. Grant formerly served at VCU and Alabama. His first time at Dayton saw the Flyers complete the first time because the 05-06 year the team finished with a losing record.
His year featured breakout freshman Obi Toppin, who led the group in the A10 to a third place finish. They lost their first game of the conference tournament, and also missed the NCAA tournament. They got a five seed but dropped in the first round at Colorado.
Dayton has historical rivalries with several area teams such as Xavier, Wright State, and Miami (Ohio), as well as fellow Catholic colleges like Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has met Xavier 158 occasions, more than any other opponent, and holds an 84–75 border in the series through 2019. Dayton and Xavier play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
With the passing of Xavier into the Big East in 2013, Dayton searched for a new Atlantic 10 rivalry game that involved a decoration. Each year Dayton plays Atlantic 10 rival St. Louis University for the rights to the Arch Baron Cup Arch Baron Cup.