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NCAA to provide March Madness preview in February

The NCAA will give college basketball teams and fans a sneak peak at the NCAA tournament field in a March Madness Bracket Preview Show on Feb. 11. For the first time, the NCAA will unveil the top 16 seeds, as they stand a month before Selection Sunday, during the season. It doesn’t mean those teams will remain ranked in the top 16. With a month of basketball still to play after the show, they...
A-10 Notes: Fordham one of most improved teams in conference

A-10 Notes: Fordham one of most improved teams in conference

The Fordham Rams have pulled off three of the biggest upsets in the Atlantic 10 this season, though if they keep winning, they won’t be seen as upsets for long. The Rams beat Davidson 60-54 on the road Jan. 11. That was a surprising victory then but not as much so when Fordham beat Virginia Commonwealth 69-67 in overtime Wednesday in New York City. That win thus lessened the shock when Fordham...
Three-point defense a strength for Dayton Flyers

Three-point defense a strength for Dayton Flyers

If Will Wade didn’t know already how strong the Dayton Flyers have played defense this season, he got a reminder Sunday. The Virginia Commonwealth coach saw a post on Twitter referencing Dayton’s 3-point defense in the last three games. Duquesne, Richmond and Saint Louis combined to make 8 of 60 3-pointers (13.3 percent) in losses to Dayton. Opponents were shooting 33.5 percent from long...
Dayton men, women off to strong starts in A-10 play

Dayton men, women off to strong starts in A-10 play

The University of Dayton men's and women's basketball teams are 6-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Dayton is one of nine schools in the country with both its teams in first place. The Dayton men (15-4) have won three straight games and sit alone in first place after a 67-46 victory over Saint Louis on Sunday at UD Arena. The Dayton women (12-7) beat St. Joseph’s 64-59 in overtime Saturday at...
Tom Archdeacon: Cooke does it all in Flyers’ win over Billikens

Tom Archdeacon: Cooke does it all in Flyers’ win over Billikens

He didn’t hesitate: “I’m sure my mom had a better Sunday than I did.” That was Charles Cooke’s assessment after he scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and added a blocked shot, a steal and an entire afternoon of smothering defense in the Dayton Flyers’ 67-46 romp over Saint Louis at UD Arena. While he was putting on a bit of show...
Archie Miller: Dayton Flyers cap off good week by beating Billikens

Archie Miller: Dayton Flyers cap off good week by beating Billikens

Archie Miller has no idea what the Arch Baron Cup is. Until Saint Louis returns to respectability, the fabled rivalry trophy may remain a semi-obscure Twitter joke, something to entertain fans of the Dayton Flyers during lopsided victories against the Billikens. Dayton retained control of the ABC — that’s what the younger fans are calling it these days — by routing Saint Louis 67-46...
Kyle Davis, Josh Cunningham making progress for UD

Kyle Davis, Josh Cunningham making progress for UD

The Dayton Flyers still haven’t played a game at full strength this season. They never will if you consider the loss of Steve McElvene, whose death in May robbed the team of its most dominant shot-blocking force. Dayton beat Saint Louis 67-46 on Sunday at UD Arena with senior guard Kyle Davis on the bench. He missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle and bruised foot. Coach Archie...
HIGHLIGHTS: Dayton Flyers vs. Saint Louis Billikens

HIGHLIGHTS: Dayton Flyers vs. Saint Louis Billikens

Dayton won its third straight game, routing Saint Louis 67-46 on Jan. 22, 2017, at UD Arena.
Tom Archdeacon: Life goes on for Big Steve’s ‘sister’

Tom Archdeacon: Life goes on for Big Steve’s ‘sister’

Her mom, Shanneca O’Bannon-Layfield, called them: “Two peas in a pod.” JaVonna Layfield agreed: “We were best friends. He was the boy version of me. We literally were the same person, just different genders. He was me with a couple extra inches. Well, more like a whole foot!” After she had put together a double-double — 13 points, 12 rebounds — to help lead...
Dayton Flyers know they have to be ready for last-place Saint Louis

Dayton Flyers know they have to be ready for last-place Saint Louis

Fordham did the Dayton Flyers a favor Wednesday. If UD needed a reminder not to overlook anyone in the Atlantic 10 — not that it should have needed another lesson — it got one when Fordham upset Virginia Commonwealth 69-67 on a last-second shot in overtime at Rose Hill Gym. Dayton plays at Rose Hill in senior point guard Scoochie Smith’s hometown, the Bronx, on Jan. 31. The Flyers...
Preview: Dayton Flyers vs. Saint Louis Billikens

Preview: Dayton Flyers vs. Saint Louis Billikens

Who: Saint Louis (5-13, 1-5) at Dayton (14-4, 5-1) When: 2 p.m., Sunday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; 95.7 FM, AM 1290 WHIO Probable Dayton starters Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, 13.5 Darrell Davis, 6-5, Jr., G, 5.4 Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, So., F, 7.4 Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Sr., F, 12.3 Charles Cooke, 6-5, Sr., G, 17.9 Probable Saint Louis starters Aaron Hines, 6-10, Jr., G, 5.1 Davell Roby...
Dayton women look to continue hot streak Saturday against St. Joe’s

Dayton women look to continue hot streak Saturday against St. Joe’s

With eight victories in nine games, the pressure has risen for the Dayton Flyers, who now could be seen as a favorite in the Atlantic 10 women’s basketball race. In the preseason poll, Dayton was picked to tie for second with Duquesne. Saint Louis was the favorite. Dayton (11-7) has already beaten both of those teams, and at 5-1, is tied with George Washington (12-6). The Flyers sit a half game...
Dayton Flyers have upper hand in A-10 third of the way into schedule

Dayton Flyers have upper hand in A-10 third of the way into schedule

Dayton Flyers freshman forward Kostas Antetokounmpo played the role of Richmond senior forward T.J. Cline in practice to prepare his teammates for facing one of the best players in the Atlantic 10. “We used him for about 50 straight minutes yesterday,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said after a 75-59 victory Thursday at UD Arena. “He was out of gas. You can see the length and the talent...
Archdeacon: Darrell Davis keys UD win with defense, of all things

Archdeacon: Darrell Davis keys UD win with defense, of all things

For Luke Skywalker, it was Obi-Wan Kenobi. For Dorothy, the Kansas farm girl, it was the Wizard of Oz. And for Darrell Davis? “Oh, Archie Miller for sure,” the Dayton Flyers junior guard said with a laugh. “My freshman and sophomore years he got the message to me … He told me … He yelled at me … Said if I wanted to keep playing I’ve got to defend.&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers move into first-place tie in A-10

Dayton Flyers move into first-place tie in A-10

The Red Scare student section placed 500 towels over seats behind the north basket at UD Arena before a game Thursday against Richmond. All the towels bore the most famous misspelled word in Dayton: LOWD. It’s a word that only exists in capital letters. It’s a word made for Twitter. Of course, most of the 13,103 fans at UD Arena probably don’t use Twitter. They know little about...
Kyle Davis unlikely to play Sunday for Dayton Flyers

Kyle Davis unlikely to play Sunday for Dayton Flyers

Senior guard Kyle Davis got a lift from a member of the training staff, Ryne Davis, after the Dayton Flyers beat Richmond 75-59 Thursday at UD Arena. One Davis put the other Davis on his back and carried him up the ramp from Tom Blackburn court to the locker room in the Donoher Center. Kyle Davis has put the Flyers on his back many times over the last four seasons, but in keeping with the theme of...
Flyers hold off Richmond in A-10 showdown

Flyers hold off Richmond in A-10 showdown

Highlights of Dayton's 75-59 win at the Arena on Thursday night.
Bucky Bockhorn honored during Dayton Flyers game

Bucky Bockhorn honored during Dayton Flyers game

UD great recognized on day Atlantic 10 announces it will honor him in March
Archie Miller: Terrific game between Dayton, Richmond

Archie Miller: Terrific game between Dayton, Richmond

The Flyers move into a first-place tie in A-10 with 75-59 victory on Jan. 19, 2017.
Jim Jabir back on court as a men’s coach in Denmark

Jim Jabir back on court as a men’s coach in Denmark

Four months after he stepped down as coach of the Dayton Flyers, citing health reasons, Jim Jabir has returned to coaching. Jabir is the interim coach for SISU Copenhagen, a men’s professional team in Denmark. He will coach his first home game with the team on Friday. Jabir coached Dayton for 13 seasons and has spent his entire career on the women’s side. In an interview posted to YouTube...
Preview: Richmond Spiders at Dayton Flyers

Preview: Richmond Spiders at Dayton Flyers

Who: Richmond (11-6, 5-0) at Dayton (13-4, 4-1) When: 7 p.m., Thursday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: ESPNU; 95.7 FM, AM 1290 WHIO Probable Dayton starters Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, 13.5 Darrell Davis, 6-5, Jr., G, 5.1 Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, So., F, 7.2 Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Sr., F, 12.6 Charles Cooke, 6-5, Sr., G, 18.0 Probable Richmond starters Khwan Fore, 6-0, So., G, 10.8 ShawnDre’ Jones, 6-0...
Dayton’s biggest task Thursday is stopping T.J. Cline

Dayton’s biggest task Thursday is stopping T.J. Cline

The Dayton Flyers had no answer for Richmond’s T.J. Cline in two games last season and yet found a way to win both games. Cline scored a career-high 36 points in an 85-84 loss in Richmond and then scored 25 in a 69-54 loss 10 days later in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals. There’s little doubt the Flyers saw a lot of Cline in film sessions this week in preparation for a 7 p.m....
UD Arena ranks among nation’s top venues

UD Arena ranks among nation’s top venues

Writers at Scout.com’s Stadium Journey ranked the stadium experiences at 761 venues across the nation in 2016, and UD Arena finished in the top five percent, No. 37 to be exact. “Among the impressive college basketball history, incredible game atmospheres, and enjoyable and affordable fan experience, Dayton’s UD Arena should be on any college basketball fan’s radar for an upcoming...
Shauna Green says Dayton Flyers turned the corner over winter break

Shauna Green says Dayton Flyers turned the corner over winter break

With a new coach at the helm and not much time to get used to her system, the Dayton Flyers faced a tall challenge in the opening month of the season, and from a win-loss standpoint, it proved to be too tall. Shauna Green started her UD career with a 3-6 record. That’s where the Flyers stood on Dec. 9 after a 76-72 loss at home to Toledo. They were 1-3 at UD Arena at that point. The break for...
Dayton Flyers hanging their hat on strong defense

Dayton Flyers hanging their hat on strong defense

The Dayton Flyers have been a program on the rise throughout the six seasons of Archie Miller’s tenure in a large part because their defense keeps improving. “I think we have some guys who have been through this thing a number of years now,” Miller said Tuesday. “Those guys have experience in our system, and they’re making less mistakes. Some of the things we take for...
First place will be on the line when Dayton, Richmond meet Thursday

First place will be on the line when Dayton, Richmond meet Thursday

A surprising team sits atop the Atlantic 10 standings almost a third of the way through the schedule. The Richmond Spiders finished ninth last season and was picked to finish sixth this season in the preseason poll. They have never finished higher than third in coach Chris Mooney’s 11 seasons. They didn’t impress anyone in non-conference season, finishing 6-6. Yet Richmond is the only...
Bench even more important for Dayton Flyers if Kyle Davis misses time

Bench even more important for Dayton Flyers if Kyle Davis misses time

Two seasons ago at this time in the season, any injury would have doomed the Dayton Flyers. A seven-man team survived the gauntlet of Atlantic 10 play without any significant mishaps. Senior Jordan Sibert played through a wrist injury throughout the final months of the season but didn’t miss any games. This season, the Flyers (13-4, 4-1) have kept winning despite a series of unfortunate events...
Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis day to day with ankle sprain

Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis day to day with ankle sprain

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller provided an update on senior guard Kyle Davis, who sprained his ankle Saturday in the second half of a 76-57 victory over Duquesne in Pittsburgh, on Monday in the weekly Atlantic 10 coaches teleconference. “Kyle is day to day,” Miller said. “Right now, he’s off his feet. He probably won’t (practice) today. We’re going to take...
College Baskeball: Dayton women top Saint Louis for fifth straight win

College Baskeball: Dayton women top Saint Louis for fifth straight win

The University of Dayton women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game Sunday, beating preseason Atlantic 10 favor Saint Louis 78-67 on the road. The win was the eighth in the last nine games for the Flyers (11-7, 5-1 A-10). Jenna Burdette scored 21 points to lead four Flyers in double figures. Jayla Scaife added 16 points off the bench and Kelley Austria had 13. Saicha Grant-Allen notched...
Xeyrius Williams stars for Dayton Flyers in victory at Duquesne

Xeyrius Williams stars for Dayton Flyers in victory at Duquesne

Senior Scoochie Smith and sophomore Xeyrius Williams share a room when the Dayton Flyers travel. On Saturday, before Dayton played Duquesne at PPG Paints Arena, Smith predicted the future for his roommate. “You’re going to get some buckets today,” Smith told him. The Wayne High School graduate Williams lived up Smith’s prediction, scoring a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12...
Archie Miller on UD injuries: ‘I really am tired of it’

Archie Miller on UD injuries: ‘I really am tired of it’

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller spotted a reporter in the hallway at PPG Paints Arena after a 76-57 victory Saturday over Duquesne and answered the question he knew was coming before it was asked. “It’s an ankle sprain,” Miller said. “I don’t know how long.” Miller knows the drill at this point. He faced the postgame questions after Josh Cunningham tore a ligament...
Preview: Dayton Flyers at Duquense Dukes

Preview: Dayton Flyers at Duquense Dukes

Who: Dayton (12-4, 3-1) at Duquesne (9-8, 2-2) When: Noon Saturday Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; 95.7 FM, AM 1290 WHIO Probable Dayton starters Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, 13.6 Kyle Davis, 6-0, Sr., G, 9.3 Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, So., F, 7.3 Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Sr., F, 13.1 Charles Cooke, 6-5, Sr., G, 17.9 Probable Duquesne starters Isiaha Mike, 6-8, Fr., F, 10.2...
Early upsets changing face of A-10 race

Early upsets changing face of A-10 race

The 2016-17 season has not been kind to the Atlantic 10. A lackluster performance in the non-conference season in November and December set the stage for a January marred by upsets. It’s good news for competitive balance and the teams struggling for respect in the bottom of the standings but bad news for a conference judged by how many teams advance to the NCAA Tournament. “Gonna be an...
Turnovers a ‘disaster’ for Dayton Flyers in loss at UMass

Turnovers a ‘disaster’ for Dayton Flyers in loss at UMass

Archie Miller had a simple message for the Dayton Flyers after a 67-55 loss at Massachusetts on Wednesday. “He was just saying we’ve got to get up off the mat,” sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams said. “We’ve got Duquesne coming up on Saturday. We’ve got to be ready to play them at noon. That’s the next battle.” Dayton played its worst game of the...
Charles Cooke commits seven turnovers in Dayton loss

Charles Cooke commits seven turnovers in Dayton loss

Fans of the Dayton Flyers wondered all week how their team could play two of its best games last week without their leading scorer, Charles Cooke, but they welcomed him back Wednesday for a game at Massachusetts. The Flyers looked great against St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island without Cooke. Of course, it was a small sample size. There’s no doubt they need him in the long run, but there&rsquo...
UMass shocks Dayton Flyers, hands them first A-10 loss

UMass shocks Dayton Flyers, hands them first A-10 loss

Archie Miller knelt on a white towel by the bench throughout the second half Wednesday, using it as a cushion for one knee as he watched his Dayton Flyers fall apart. When the final seconds ticked away, Miller started to make his way to congratulate Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg and flung the white towel behind him. Miller’s Flyers never throw in the towel and didn’t in this game &mdash...
Archie Miller: 'Unexplainable performance' by Dayton Flyers

Archie Miller: 'Unexplainable performance' by Dayton Flyers

Dayton coach speaks after 67-55 loss at UMass on Jan. 11, 2017.
Football prospects could be able to sign early per new rule proposal

Football prospects could be able to sign early per new rule proposal

An early signing period for college football took a step toward reality Wednesday at the American Football Coaches Association convention. Per USA Today, AFCA members voted to recommend senior prospects be allowed to sign national letters of intent on the third Wednesday in December, when junior-college prospects are allowed to sign now. The new early signing date would be in addition to the current...
Preview: Dayton Flyers at UMass Minutemen

Preview: Dayton Flyers at UMass Minutemen

Who: Dayton (12-3, 3-0) at Massachusetts (10-6, 0-3) When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; 95.7 FM, AM 1290 WHIO Probable Dayton starters Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, 13.9 Kyle Davis, 6-0, Sr., G, 8.9 Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, So., F, 7.5 Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Sr., F, 13.9 Charles Cooke, 6-5, Sr., G, 18.7 Probable UMass starters Rashaan Holloway, 6-11...
Dayton Flyers have gotten ‘a lot better’ as season has progressed

Dayton Flyers have gotten ‘a lot better’ as season has progressed

Senior guard Kyle Davis received a birthday card from the fans in section 102 at UD Arena. “Happy birthday to a guy who does it all,” it read. Davis and fellow senior Kendall Pollard turned 22 over the weekend. Pollard posted a photo to Twitter on Sunday of a cake with a basketball falling through a hoop and “Happy birthday, Kyle and Kendall,” written in frosting. The Dayton...
UMass coach calls Dayton the team to beat in A-10

UMass coach calls Dayton the team to beat in A-10

Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg called the Dayton Flyers “the team to beat in the conference” Monday. That’s not a surprising statement, considering UD shared the Atlantic 10 regular-season title last season with Virginia Commonwealth and St. Bonaventure, returned four starters and was picked as the favorite in the preseason poll. However, considering all Dayton has been through...
Scoochie Smith named A-10 player of week

Scoochie Smith named A-10 player of week

For the first time this season, a Dayton Flyers player won the Atlantic 10 Player of the week award. Senior guard Scoochie Smith earned the honor Monday. He averaged 19 points in victories over St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island last week. “The one thing Scoochie has done for us is play like the best player on the floor, the most experienced guy on the floor,” said Dayton coach Archie Miller...
Tom Archdeacon: An anniversary to remember for Flyers’ Kelley Austria

Tom Archdeacon: An anniversary to remember for Flyers’ Kelley Austria

You’ve got to admit, Kelley Austria knows how to celebrate an anniversary It was exactly one year ago Sunday – January 8, 2016 – that the Dayton Flyers senior guard underwent surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee. It was the second time she had gone under the knife of Dr. Matt Lawless of the Wright State Physicians group. He also repaired the...
‘Scooch’ carries Flyers to top of Atlantic 10

‘Scooch’ carries Flyers to top of Atlantic 10

A lot of people think Clemson can beat Alabama. A lot of people are just hoping for a competitive game Monday night. They say, “Oh, Clemson’s offense looked great last year against the Tide and will be better this time.” I think Alabama’s monster defense wants another shot at the Tigers. Scoochie Smith is something special. UD’s senior point guard has a wonderful feel...
For Archie Miller, turning point for Dayton was Northwestern loss

For Archie Miller, turning point for Dayton was Northwestern loss

Kendall Pollard posted a photo of himself to Twitter not long after a 67-64 victory over Rhode Island on Friday at UD Arena. He had ditched his uniform for a sharp-looking outfit featuring sneakers with red laces on one shoe and blue laces on the other. “Now let the festivities begin!!!” Pollard wrote. Pollard was referencing his birthday — he turned 22 Friday — but could just...
Tom Archdeacon: How Scoochie found his vibe in Dayton

Tom Archdeacon: How Scoochie found his vibe in Dayton

He’s now living up to his name and, among other things, the scars have stopped. When he was young — and insisting his family call him Dayshon rather than the nickname his grandfather had given him as a toddler — Scoochie Smith got those souvenirs beneath his eyes. The scar beneath his right eye came the day he ignored the orders of his aunt, Wendy Blount, and went to an early-morning...
Tom Archdeacon: No ordinary birthday  for Pollard, Flyers

Tom Archdeacon: No ordinary birthday  for Pollard, Flyers

He was remembering birthday parties past. “I’d take cupcakes to school or have ice cream and cake with the family,” said Kendall Pollard, who turned 22 Friday. “I went to Chuck E. Cheese’s, things like that.” In college? “Naah, no Chuck E. Cheese’s,” the Dayton Flyers 6-foot-6 senior grinned. “But last year me and the guys went bowling. I...
Archie Miller raves about Rhode Island; rematch looms in February

Archie Miller raves about Rhode Island; rematch looms in February

Rhode Island lost the game, 67-64 to the Dayton Flyers, and a golden chance to seize control of the Atlantic 10 standings, yet proved to be as good as everyone thought Friday at UD Arena. Dayton coach Archie Miller raved about the Rams, knowing he has to see them again Feb. 10 in Kingston. “I think their game plan may have been to slow us down a little bit,” Miller said. “I don&rsquo...
Archie Miller credits ‘electric crowds’ for last two wins

Archie Miller credits ‘electric crowds’ for last two wins

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller looked back Monday on victories against Richmond and Saint Louis, talking with WHIO’s Larry Hansgen and fans during the coach’s show at Fricker’s on Woodman Drive. Here are some highlights: On the two wins last week: “It was a good week for us. Anytime you can come off the road with a two-game homestand, especially in conference play, you have...
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