Archive for February, 2009

Flyers Keep NCAA Hopes Alive

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

After losing to arch-rival Xavier 6 consecutive times in the last 2 seasons, the Flyers added a marquee win to their resume by finally beating #14 Xavier at home Wednesday night at UD Arena 71-58

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This game was critical and one of the marquee games on their schedule.  Dayton now has two marquee wins against ranked opponents.  The Flyers defeated #14 Xavier and then #15 Marquette 89-75 at the Chicago Invitational back in November.  They have other quality wins against St Joes, Duquesne, George Mason and Miami.  I am proud of the Flyers performance against Marquette and Xavier.  They really took it to both of these top 25 teams. 

The Flyers are 22-3 with 6 games remaining on their schedule and can’t afford any bad losses.  They have two bad double-digit losses on their resume against Charlotte and UMass. The only teams that would be bad losses left on their schedule are Richmond and St Louis.  The rest of the schedule is against quality teams.  In my opinion, I think the Flyers will need to win a minimum of 27 games (including the A-10 tournament) and no more bad losses to be in good shape before Selection Sunday to get an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.  Anything short of 27 games, or another bad lost to Richmond or St Louis, the committee will overlook and past on Dayton for an at-large bid. 

I hope the Flyers can give what the city of Dayton and all the other Flyer Faithful what they deserve, a bid back to the NCAA tournament that we have been waiting for since last time in 2004.