Dayton Flyers: All the links you need to follow the team throughout the 2018-19 season

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The 2018-19 Dayton Flyers season began in November and continues through March. Keep track of all our coverage (stories, photos and videos) at this link.

In addition, more coverage of the Flyers is available on WHIO Radio podcasts. You can find them at these links or wherever you get your podcasts: The Anthony Grant ShowFlyer Feedback; and game replays.

Preseason

• First dunks: Everyone remembers their first dunk. It’s a flashbulb moment seared into the consciousness. Years of trying and dreaming conclude with one unforgettable moment.

The Dayton Flyers revisited their first dunks last week after posing for a team photo on Media Day at the Cronin Center. None of the players asked to look back at their first dunk hesitated before finding the memory. Some of them recalled their dunk in explicit detail.

• Photos: Dayton poses for team picture

• A-10 coverage: Saint Louis the favoriteGrant says it will be exciting year for leagueCunningham: ‘We’re better than sixth’

• History: Where Dayton has ranked in the A-10 poll over the years

• New look: Dayton unveils new home uniforms

• UD Arena: Arena will be ready to go for start of season

Archdeacon features: Dwayne Cohill | Frankie Policelli

Exhibition game

Nov. 2: Dayton 89, Capital 71

• Game story: Trey Landers and Jhery Matos each scored 15 points to lead the Dayton Flyers to a victory in an exhibition game Friday at UD Arena.

• Five takeaways: Obi Toppin introduced himself to fans with with two memorable dunks, and Dayton gets what it wants from its one public exhibition game.

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• Archdeacon: None of the new faces provided more promise, more of an exclamation point, than did the 6-foot-5 Jhery Matos, who said he’s been looking for a place like this since he left the Dominican Republic by himself for the United States a little more than four years ago.

• Photo gallery: Twenty five shots from game.

• More stories: Two new players join Flyers just before opener | Fans get first look at UD Arena renovationsPhotos of UD Arena

• Videos: First-half highlightsSecond-half highlights

Non-conference games

Nov. 7: Dayton 78, North Florida 70

• Game story: There was no drama on opening night for the Flyers this season. One year after Josh Cunningham’s last-second basket beat Ball State, Dayton pulled away from North Florida in the second half Wednesday at UD Arena.

• Five takeaways: While fans started cursing their luck on Twitter, Dayton refused to let Josh Cunningham’s injury affect them. Redshirt freshman Obi Toppin stepped into the starting lineup for Cunningham and helped lead the Flyers.

•  Archdeacon: Obi Toppin now has something in common with Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus and the Philadelphia Eagles, too. Like all of them, the Dayton Flyers’ 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman believes in the power of the pickle.

• Notes: Jordan Davis enjoyed his second season opener with the Dayton Flyers. One year after coming off the bench to score two points in 14 minutes against Ball State in his college debut, Davis scored 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting, making 2 of 2 3-pointers and 6 of 8 free throws.

• Photo gallery: 26 best shots.

• More stories: Cunningham out with injury | Physical development should help Crutcher

• Videos: Toppin dunks four times in debutMore highlights | Toppin interview | Postgame press conference

Nov. 10: Dayton 76, Coppin State 46

• PreviewJosh Cunningham watched the Dayton Flyers open the season from the bench Wednesday. He wore sweatpants and a Dayton hoodie plus bright red high-tops — and most noticeably a black brace on his right wrist and hand. Dayton fans who want to know if he’ll play in the second game against Coppin State at 7 p.m. Saturday will have to wait and see.

• What you need to know about game: Flyers, Coppin State meet for fourth time.

• Game story: Obi Toppin scored 19 points, and Ryan Mikesell added 18 as the Flyers routed Coppin State, improving to 2-0.

• Five takeaways: Dayton (2-0) held Coppin State (0-2) to 29.6 percent shooting, the lowest mark by a Dayton opponent in the last two seasons. Every opponent shot better than 37 percent last season. The 46 points scored by Coppin State also was the lowest score by a Dayton opponent in the same time span.

• Archdeacon: If you think Ryan Mikesell was happy about what he could do Saturday night at UD Arena, you should consider his mom. Lisa Mikesell probably was overjoyed.

• Notes: Obi Toppin may have grabbed a pickle as he was leaving a postgame interview Saturday. A plate of pickles left over from the pregame meal in the media room at UD Arena tempted him. Pickles helped Toppin recover from a cramping episode in the season opener three days earlier, but in this game, he avoided that issue by making sure he was better hydrated before the game

• Photo gallery: 30 pics for a 30-point victory.

• More stories: Second season often a difficult one for Dayton coaches | Dayton to redshirt freshman

• Videos: Postgame press conferenceHighlights | Mikesell interview

Nov. 16: Dayton 91, Purdue Fort Wayne 80

• Game story: The Flyers pulled away in the last 10 minutes to beat Purdue Fort Wayne, improving to 3-0 with third straight home victory to start the season

• Five takeaways: Dayton’s offense showed plenty of other fancy moves — a behind-the-back pass by Jhery Matos, more dunks from Obi Toppin and plenty of post moves by Josh Cunningham in his season debut — but its defense again showed many of the same issues that plagued it last season

• Notes: Josh Cunningham made 9 of 10 shots from the field and scored 20 points in the first game of his final season with the Dayton Flyers, showing no rust after missing the first two games with a wrist injury. The redshirt senior forward also had extra incentive to perform well.

• Photo gallery: 20 best shots

• More stories: Cunningham returns for Dayton | Latest signing brings size to Dayton roster in 2019

• Videos: Highlights | Postgame press conference | Josh Cunningham interview

Nov. 21: Dayton 69, Butler 64

• Game story: The Dayton Flyers recorded the most important non-conference victory of the past two seasons in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Gym.

• Five takeaways: The familiar “We are UD!” chant echoed around Imperial Gym in the final minutes Wednesday as the Flyers put the finishing touches on a victory against Butler.

• Notes: The Flyers will play three games this week a short walk away from miles of pristine beach, aquariums full of turtles, sharks and other marine life and a large casino that kept many of their fans up late Wednesday.

• Photo gallery: 35 shots.

• More stories: Flyers an underdog in loaded tournament field | Flyers getting acclimated to weatherVirginia, Wisconsin among favorites | Matos shows off his passing skills

• Videos: Jhery Matos interviewGrant looks ahead to Bahamas tripJalen Crutcher interviewHighlights

Nov. 22: Virginia 66, Dayton 59

 Preview: The Cavaliers are the highest-ranked opponent Dayton has faced since 2014.

• Game story: The Flyers hung with No. 4 Virginia for 40 minutes but didn't make enough stops in the second half to get over the hump in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Gym.

• Photo gallery: 20 shots.

• More stories: Late 3-pointer a daggerSolomon coaches against his alma mater | Flyers enjoying Atlantis resort

• Videos: Anthony Grant interviewHighlights

Nov. 23: Oklahoma 65, Dayton 54

• Preview: The Flyers face their third top-50 team in three days in the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

• Game story: The Flyers turned a 14-point deficit into a seven-point lead but still lost in the third-place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday.

• Five takeaways: There’s nothing wrong with Dayton heading home from the Bahamas on Saturday with heads held high. Most of their fans will do just that. A team coming off a 14-17 season played three-top 50 teams in the Battle 4 Atlantis, beating Butler and giving Virginia and Oklahoma two tough games.

• Notes: Dayton guard Jhery Matos, a native of the Dominican Republic, enjoyed his time in the Bahamas this week despite a 1-2 finish in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

• Photo gallery: Ten best shots.

• More stories: Seven takeaways from tournament | Dayton hopes to learn from second-half droughtFlyers in midst of challenging six-game stretch

• Videos: HighlightsGrant interview

Nov. 30: Mississippi State 65, Dayton 58

• Preview: This will be the first home game for Dayton against a ranked opponent since it lost 61-57 to No. 17 Saint Mary’s on Nov. 19, 2016. Its last victory against a top-25 team at home came on Dec. 7, 2011: 74-62 over No. 16 Alabama.

• What you need to know about game: The Bulldogs lead 2-0. They beat the Flyers 56-54 in 1975 at UD Arena and 61-59 last season in Starkville, Miss .

• Game story: No. 25 Mississippi State outscored the Dayton Flyers 21-7 in the final six minutes to win at UD Arena on Friday.

• Five takeaways: The Dayton Flyers were in position to win the game until the final six minutes when they were outscored 21-7, but hanging tough with a ranked team didn’t make anyone inside or outside the locker room feel better.

 Archdeacon: Jalen Crutcher was especially effective in the first half — especially when using a stutter-step or some crafty dribbling to throw his defender out of sync as he drove the lane — and that prompted a Grant assessment: “I thought at times tonight he dominated the action out there, especially in the first half.

• Photo gallery: Twenty best shots.

• More stories: Davidson atop early A-10 power ratingsFirst sellout 

• Videos: HighlightsPostgame press conference

Dec. 4: Dayton 98, Detroit Mercy 59

• Preview: Detroit brings the nation’s second-leading scorer to UD Arena. Freshman Antoine Davis, a 6-1 guard, averages 30 points per game. He set a school record for points scored by a freshman with 42 against Loyola Maryland.

• What you need to know about gameThe teams last played on March 13, 2002. Dayton won 80-69 in the first round of the NIT at UD Arena. 

• Game story: Obi Toppin dunked eight times and scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Flyers to a victory on Tuesday at UD Arena.

• Five takeaways: The Flyers thrilled their fans for 39-plus minutes but failed them in the final 10 seconds Tuesday at UD Arena. Walk-on Christian Wilson, taking directions from coach Anthony Grant, dribbled out the clock instead of attempting a shot at the buzzer. A few disappointed fans in the crowd of 12,700 — or whatever was left of that crowd at the end — booed because they wanted Dayton to score 100 points. Instead, the Flyers settled for a 98-59 victory against Detroit Mercy.

• Notes: If anyone can provide comfort to Jhery Matos as he watches the rest of the season from the Dayton Flyers bench, it’s redshirt junior forward Ryan Mikesell, who sat out last season after undergoing two hip surgeries.

 Archdeacon: Already this season there’s a palpable buzz in the crowd when Toppin comes into the game. His long legs are covered by white tights, the sort of get up many comic book superheroes wear. His equally long arms are tattooed canvasses bearing uplifting messages and images and remembrances of family.

• Photo gallery: Twenty best shots.

• More stories: Dayton to return to Chicago Legends event | Matos out for season

• Videos: All eight of Toppin’s dunksToppin interviewPostgame press conference

Dec. 8: No. 8 Auburn 82, Dayton 72

• Preview: The first and only true road game on the non-conference schedule arrives at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when Dayton plays the No. 8 Auburn Tigers (7-1) in Alabama. Dayton lost to No. 4 Virginia 65-59 on a neutral court in the Battle 4 Atlantis, but this might be the most difficult game of the season because it takes place on Auburn’s home court.

• What you need to know about gameThe Tigers have a 90 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts a 76-62 score. 

• Game story: The Flyers made a run at the No. 8 Auburn Tigers in the second half, cutting a 19-point deficit to six but lost at Auburn Arena.

• Five takeaways: On a night in which the Dayton Flyers committed 23 turnovers at Auburn Arena, the biggest gaffe belonged to the SEC Network, which ran five mugshots of UNC Asheville players under the names of the UD starters before the game. Only Ryan Mikesell looked plausibly like the player pictured under his name.

• Archdeacon: The Dayton Flyers were getting run out of the gym.

They air-balled their first shot against Auburn on Saturday night, turned the ball over on five of their first six possessions, committed two fouls and had the partisan Auburn Arena crowd roaring with delight. 

On the bench, Flyers freshman Dwayne Cohill was getting a quick tutorial.

• Notes: Anthony Grant had plenty of good things to say about Bruce Pearl’s team, which has looked like a potential Final Four team in the first five weeks of the season, and Pearl returned the favor in his post-game comments on Auburn radio.

• Photo gallery: Twenty best shots.

• More stories: Ranking best plays of the season | What do advanced analytics say about the team?

• Videos: Second-half highlightsTurnover woes


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