Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

2:29 p.m Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Sports
Dayton's Xeyrius Williams, Charles Cooke and Kendall Pollard share a laugh during a game against Virginia Commonwealth on Jan. 27, 2017, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.

The Dayton Flyers will play Virginia Commonwealth twice in the 2017-18 season, the A-10 announced Wednesday. The teams dueled for the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship last season. That was the first time they met twice on the 18-game conference schedule.

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The A-10 announced schedule pairings for all 14 teams Wednesday. UD will also play Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice. The Flyers will not play at St. Bonaventure or Fordham for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

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Here’s a full glance at UD’s opponents:

Home: Davidson, Fordham, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and VCU.

Away: La Salle, George Mason, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU.

This will be the fourth season for the A-10’s 18-game schedule. Dayton finished second in the regular season in 2015, shared the title with VCU and St. Bonaventure in 2016 and won the title outright for the first time in 2017.  The Flyers beat VCU 79-72 on Senior Night on March 1 to clinch the regular-season title.

Last season, Dayton played VCU, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice.

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In 2015-16, Dayton played Rhode Island, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice. In 2014-15, Dayton played Fordham, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice.

Only two of Dayton’s non-conference games are known. UD will play at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., and will host Auburn. Neither date has been announced. Dayton lost 61-57 to Saint Mary’s at UD Arena last season.

UD will also play in the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 16, 17 and 17. The field includes  Auburn, Clemson, Hofstra, Indiana State, Old Dominion, Ohio and Temple.