WSU vs UD Comparison

Even though I attend Ohio State University, I’m still a solid fan of both Dayton-area college basketball teams at the University of Dayton and Wright State University.  For fans in the Dayton area, there is a lot of emotion about the respective basketball programs.  For example, my Uncle Daryl, who now lives in Chicago, still calls me after the Flyer games to get my opinion.

 

I noticed that nobody has really provided an objective comparison of the two basketball programs.  During my 2007 winter vacation from OSU, I attended 4 Dayton Flyer games and 3 Wright State Raider games.   So I thought that I was in a relatively unique position to provide an honest comparison of the programs:

 

 

Attribute UD WSU
School History Known at first as St Mary’s College – UD assumed its present identity in 1920.  WSU was founded in 1967.  Originally the Dayton Branch campus of Miami University and Ohio State.
Student Body UD has about 7,000 undergraduate students.  Wright State has about 12,000 undergraduate students
Basketball Arena   University of Dayton Arena. Capacity 13,500. Has been used for NCAA men’s and women’s tournament.  Basketball Venue only.    Ervin J Nutter Center.  Capacity 12,500.  Also used for Dayton Bombers hockey, concerts, and monster car racing.
Fans   UD averages about over 12,000 fans per game.  UD arena is louder. Wright State typically averages about over 3,000 fans per game
Coach   Coach Brian Gregory is in his fifth year.  His 4 year record is 75-49 with 1 post-season appearance (2004 NCAA) and 2003 Maui Invitational Champions and 2004 A-10 West Division Champions.    Coach Brad Brownell is in his second year.  His first season as Raiders head coach was 23-10 winning the Horizon and Horizon League Tournament and taking the Raiders to the NCAA tourney for the 1st time since 1993.
Best Player Senior guard Brian Roberts is the leading scorer on the team averaging 19.1 ppg and 4.5 assists per game. Guard Todd Brown is scoring 14.9 ppg and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Team Success  1967 NCAA National Runner-Up.  More than Several Sweet 16 Appearances.  Last 10 Years have been to the post-season 5 times including 3 NCAA and 2 NIT appearances. Went from Division 2 to Division 1 in 1987.  Been to the NCAA tournament twice (1993) & (2007).  Won Horizon League Regular Season and Horizon League Tournament in 2007.

 

 

6 Responses to “WSU vs UD Comparison”

  1. Mike says:

    Good job on your comparison, UD made the NCAA tourney 3 times in the last 10 years however, 2000 2003 and 2004.

    Also in the team sucess catagory mention the elite 8 in ’84, two NIT championships in the 60’s when it was a much bigger deal (sometimes teams would turn down an NCAA invite to play in the NIT). Finally I believe in the decade of the 50’s UD won more games than any other prohram.

  2. SamS says:

    I would agree with Mike that UD has had greater success history, but WSU is an up-and-coming program

  3. adam says:

    Hey Mikey boy. Dayton has had 150 years to achieve that success. WSU was founded in 1967 and already is seeing success on a Division 1 level. I agree with Sam that WSU is up and coming. Watch. And don’t be so ignorant.

  4. Mike says:

    Under the success category, don’t forget to include WSU’s division II national championship. Granted it was division II but a national championship at any level is nothing to sneeze at.

  5. Nelly Fertado…

    Man i just love your blog, keep the cool posts comin…..

  6. Jack says:

    Jack…

    Good work….

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