Dayton Flyers Basketball Schedule
The history of Dayton Flyers basketball goes back well over one hundred years.
In fact, basketball at the school even predates the university's name. In 1903 when the school first sponsored a basketball
team, the University of Dayton was known as St. Mary's Institute. With such a long and proud tradition it should come as no
surprise that the Dayton FLyers have some of the most excitable and loyal fans in college basketball. The 2013-2014 season
has been pretty average for the Flyers as they sit in the middle of the A-10 with a 6-5 conference records. They stand poised
to have a 20 win season but appear to be destined for the NIT unless they can win the A-10 Tournament and earn an automatic
bid to the NCAAs. There are still a few more opportunities to get out and show the Flyers your support.
March 1st the UMass Minutemen come to University of Dayton Arena to take on the Flyers. This is a chance for Dayton to move
up the conference standings as they currently sit only a game behind the Minutemen. The Flyers will close out their home schedule
on March 8th when the Richmond Spiders come to town. The Spiders look to have a talented squad this season, one that could
be tough to take down, even at home. The Flyers know they're going to have to play disciplined on the defensive end if they're
going to emerge victorious from this battle. Fans will show up in droves for this game, as the final home game of the season
is always packed to the brim. A win against Richmond would go a long way to creating the kind of momentum the Flyers would
like to have heading into the postseason.
Dayton Flyers Basketball History
The Dayton Flyers basketball
program dates back to the early 1900s when the St. Mary's Institute basketball team was founded. The school eventually changed
its name to Dayton in 1920 and its sports team transitioned from their unofficial nickname of "The Saints" to the Flyers.
The program found its first significant success under coach Tom Blackburn, who led the Flyers to the National Invitational
Tournament (NIT) title in 1962. The Flyers made a name for themselves nationally under the tutelage of Blackburn and have
continued to be a consistent force in the NCAA ranks ever since. The team has been to the NCAA Tournament multiple times,
even reaching the Elite Eight in the 1980s. The have won their conference's championship twice. The Dayton Flyers have had
a lot of great players over the years, which is no surprise considering the level of program that the school has built over
the course of the past century or so. One all-time great that Flyers fans remember fondly is Roger Brown, who went on to play
in the National Basketball Association and average more than 17 points per game throughout his pro career. Other notable Dayton
players to play in the NBA include Jim Paxson, Don May and Brian Roberts.
Dayton Flyers Basketball Trivia
was the first coach in the history of the Dayton Flyers basketball program to lead the team to a conference title?
answer is Jim O'Brien, who led the Flyers to their first conference title during 1989-90 season. The Flyers notched a 22-10
record that season and went 10-4 in league play. The team also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament that season.
O'Brien eventually went on to coach in the NBA.
Dayton Flyers Basketball Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference
is one of the toughest in NCAA basketball, thanks to teams like the Dayton Flyers. The Flyers are relentless on the basketball
court, whether they're playing on home turf at the University of Dayton Arena or are out strutting their stuff on the road.
The Dayton ball team is a powerhouse for producing NBA players, and the hoopsters pack the grandstands at University of Dayton
Arena whenever rival teams like the Xavier Musketeers or Duquesne Dukes come to play.
you've never been to a Dayton Flyers basketball game, then you have no idea what you've been missing out on. The fans of this
program make the atmosphere at a game simply electric, and you won't find a louder cheering section around the country. When
the game is on the line and your favorite team is digging in looking to make a clutch bucket that seals a huge rivalry matchup,
you'll understand loud and clear what all the buzz around campus is about. True, there are plenty of options for seeing a
big game these days, though there is still no substitution for the experience you can get from the stands. Be there for all
the most exciting moments in another college basketball season filled with nail-biting action that will have you talking well
after the final whistle.