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Dayton Flyers notes: Toppin showing early confidence

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. “Two things of Pedialyte...
Archdeacon: Mikesell thriving after ‘long journey’ back to basketball

Archdeacon: Mikesell thriving after ‘long journey’ back to basketball

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. … And relieved. Watching her son score 18 points, grab 11 rebounds and play over 28 minutes in the Dayton Flyers’ 76-46 victory over Coppin State certainly is better than what she had to witness 17 months ago in their St. Henry...
One of Ohio’s top 2020 recruits sits behind Dayton bench during Coppin State game

One of Ohio’s top 2020 recruits sits behind Dayton bench during Coppin State game

Grant Huffman, one of the top Ohio recruits in the class of 2020, took an unofficial visit to the University of Dayton on Saturday and sat behind the Dayton Flyers bench during a 76-46 victory over Coppin State at UD Arena. Huffman is a 6-foot-3 junior guard at Lakewood St. Edward. He’s a three-star prospect who ranks 166th in the 2020 class and fifth among Ohio recruits, according to 247Sports...
Dayton vs. Coppin State: Five takeaways from UD’s second victory

Dayton vs. Coppin State: Five takeaways from UD’s second victory

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant loves to use the phrase “locked in” to describe the players’ mindset during games. “I thought our guys were really locked into the scouting report,” Grant said last January after a victory against St. Bonaventure. “Our guys had to stay locked in,” Grant said Nov. 2 after an exhibition game against Capital. Even Grant&rsquo...

College Football: UD’s offense explodes in home finale

It wasn’t quite a record-setting day at Welcome Stadium on Saturday, but the University of Dayton football team gave their fans something they hadn’t seen in more than a decade. The Flyers racked up their highest point total since 2007 in beating Morehead State 63-20. Senior running back Tucker Yinger went into the game needing 291 yards to become the all-time leading rusher for the Flyers...
Dayton will play season with eight scholarship players after deciding to redshirt one freshman

Dayton will play season with eight scholarship players after deciding to redshirt one freshman

Everyone wondering why four walk-ons entered the game before freshman Frankie Policelli on Saturday in Dayton’s 76-46 victory against Coppin State at UD Arena now has an answer. Dayton coach Anthony Grant said after the game Policelli, a 6-foot-7 forward from New Hartford, N.Y., and Long Island Lutheran High School, will redshirt this season. That leaves the Flyers with eight scholarship players...
Dayton improves to 2-0 with rout of Coppin State

Dayton improves to 2-0 with rout of Coppin State

Obi Toppin scored 19 points, and Ryan Mikesell added 18 as the Dayton Flyers routed Coppin State 76-46 on Saturday at UD Arena, improving to 2-0. Dayton controlled the game against one of the lowest-ranked teams in Division I from start to finish. The Flyers shot 49 percent from the field and held Coppin State (0-2) to 30 percent. Coppin State had 21 turnovers. Dayton had 11. Jordan Davis had 13 points...
Second season sometimes a difficult one for Dayton coaches

Second season sometimes a difficult one for Dayton coaches

Anthony Grant began his second season as Dayton Flyers head coach on Wednesday with the goal of returning the program to contention in the Atlantic 10 Conference and competing for a NCAA tournament bid. That’s the goal every season, he has said multiple times since being hired in 2017. » COPPIN STATE PREVIEW: Flyers face another 3-point shooting team | What you need to know ...
Dayton faces another 3-point shooting team in second game

Dayton faces another 3-point shooting team in second game

Josh 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. All coach Anthony Grant would say after the 78-70...
Loud young fans help Dayton women win opener against Colgate

Loud young fans help Dayton women win opener against Colgate

Anyone who has ever attended the annual School Day game at UD Arena remembers to bring ear plugs the next time they come. The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team invites kids from around the area to see them play every season, and approximately 7,500 of the 8,811 fans in attendance Friday took a break from 43 local schools to watch the team open the 50th season of Dayton women’s basketball...
Dayton avoids upset with strong performance in fourth quarter in opener

Dayton avoids upset with strong performance in fourth quarter in opener

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team dominated the fourth quarter against Colgate to avoid an upset in their season opener, winning 67-58 on Friday morning at UD Arena. Approximately 7,500 kids from 43 local schools attended the game. They raised the decibel levels every time Colgate attempted a free throw and danced at every timeout. The support had to help the Flyers, who trailed 47-43...
Dayton vs. Coppin State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Dayton vs. Coppin State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Coppin State (0-1) at Dayton (1-0) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; streaming video available outside Ohio on DaytonFlyers.com; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO. » NORTH FLORIDA GAME: Five takeaways | Photos | Cunningham out | Notes Probable Dayton starters Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-Fr., F, 18.0 Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 16.0 Trey Landers, 6-5, Jr., G, 15.0 Ryan Mikesell...
College Football: Flyers looking to avoid back-to-back losing seasons

College Football: Flyers looking to avoid back-to-back losing seasons

The Dayton Flyers (4-5, 3-3 Pioneer Football League) haven’t had back-to-back losing seasons since the mid-1970s, but that remains a possibility with two games left on the schedule. “Just an overall winning record and pride for the team and the program,” fifth-year senior Matt Tunnacliffe said. “Last game at home and senior day…so a lot of things, but most important...
Archdeacon: Trainer comes to the rescue of freshman Toppin, Flyers — ‘I’ve used pickles for years’

Archdeacon: Trainer comes to the rescue of freshman Toppin, Flyers — ‘I’ve used pickles for years’

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. Cleopatra attributed her beauty to pickles in her diet. Julius Caesar had his troops eat them for strength. And Columbus insisted the crews of the Nina, Pinta and Santa...
Former CJ teacher loses license after being accused of sexual misconduct

Former CJ teacher loses license after being accused of sexual misconduct

A former Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School math teacher surrendered her teaching license last year after she was accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a CJ student in the 1980s, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Ann E. Meyers had her license suspended as part of a settlement agreement with the Ohio Department of Education in July 2017. Under the settlement, Meyers agreed...
Dayton Flyers notes: Davis opens season with 16 points

Dayton Flyers notes: Davis opens season with 16 points

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 in a 78-70 victory against North Florida on Wednesday at UD Arena. “I felt more comfortable,” Davis said. “There...
Five takeaways from Dayton’s season-opening win over North Florida

Five takeaways from Dayton’s season-opening win over North Florida

The last thing the Dayton Flyers needed on the eve of their season opener was an injury. The one player they couldn’t afford to lose was redshirt senior forward Josh Cunningham, their leading returning scorer and three-time captain. About ninety minutes before the first game of the season Wednesday, however, Dayton announced Cunningham would not play against North Florida. He suffered a...
Toppin leads Dayton to season-opening victory over North Florida

Toppin leads Dayton to season-opening victory over North Florida

There was no drama on opening night for the Dayton 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 for a 78-70 victory Wednesday at UD Arena. Obi Toppin, making his Dayton debut and filling in for the injured Cunningham in the starting lineup, led the Flyers with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He...
Dayton Flyers will be without one player in season opener

Dayton Flyers will be without one player in season opener

The Dayton Flyers will play their season opener Wednesday without their top player. Redshirt senior forward Josh Cunningham will miss the game after injuring his wrist in practice Tuesday. Anthony Grant told WHIO’s Larry Hansgen before the game Cunningham’s status is day to day. Dayton plays North Florida at 7 p.m. at UD Arena. Obi Toppin, a redshirt freshman who will make his Dayton debut...
Physical development should help Dayton’s Crutcher as sophomore

Physical development should help Dayton’s Crutcher as sophomore

Jalen Crutcher tumbled to the ground under the basket in front of the Flyer Pep Band on Friday during an exhibition game at UD Arena. All of UD Arena fell silent as trainer Mike Mulcahey and then coach Anthony Grant attended to him. Fans of the Dayton Flyers know the team can’t afford to lose their only experienced point guard for any length of time. Crutcher may be the most valuable Flyer next...
Dayton Flyers vs. North Florida: What you need to know about tonight’s season opener

Dayton Flyers vs. North Florida: What you need to know about tonight’s season opener

Who: North Florida at Dayton What: 2018-19 season opener When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; streaming video available outside Ohio on DaytonFlyers.com; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., F, 15.6* Trey Landers, 6-5, Jr., G, 11.3 Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, So., G, 9.2 Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 8.0 Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 5.7 Ivan Gandia-Rosa, 6-1...
North Florida’s outside shooting presents challenge for Dayton Flyers

North Florida’s outside shooting presents challenge for Dayton Flyers

No one will forget the thrilling finish in Anthony Grant’s first game as Dayton head coach a year ago. Josh Cunningham’s basket in the final second against Ball State saved the Dayton Flyers from their first season-opening loss in 12 years. Dayton won 78-77, and while that game ranks among the most memorable in UD Arena history, fans hope for no such drama at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the...
Dayton Flyers name three captains for 2018-19 season

Dayton Flyers name three captains for 2018-19 season

The Dayton Flyers had one captain in coach Anthony Grant’s first season, and they will have three in his second. Redshirt senior forward Josh Cunningham will serve as captain for the third straight season, Grant said Monday, and redshirt junior forward Ryan Mikesell and junior guard Trey Landers will be first-time captains. Dayton opens the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against North Florida at...
Toppin enjoys every moment of his Dayton debut

Toppin enjoys every moment of his Dayton debut

Obi Toppin had extra incentive to play well and put on a show in his first performance at UD Arena. Toppin scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and thrilled a crowd of 12,446 fans with two memorable dunks in an 89-71 victory against Capital in an exhibition game Friday. He played his first college game after a long wait — he arrived on campus 17 months ago in June 2017 — and did...
Former Dayton Flyers safety Dan Thobe dies at 46

Former Dayton Flyers safety Dan Thobe dies at 46

Dan Thobe, a Dayton Flyers safety in the early 1990s and a longtime high school football coach in the area, died Saturday at 46 at his home in Maria Stein. Thobe’s death came eight months after he was diagnosed with a Grade 3 glioma brain tumor. The Maria Stein community and Marion Local High School rallied around Thobe and hi family this year. A GoFundMe account raised more than $42,000 for...
2020 recruit sits behind Dayton bench during exhibition game

2020 recruit sits behind Dayton bench during exhibition game

DJ Gordon, a 6-foot-6 guard in the class of 2020, took an unofficial visit to the University of Dayton on Friday, sitting behind the bench during an exhibition game against Capital at UD Arena. The Dayton Flyers won 89-71. Gordon, a junior at First Love Christian Academy in Washington, Pa., received a scholarship offer from Dayton on Sunday, along with teammate Madior Seye, a 7-0 center in the 2020...
Archdeacon: Newcomer Matos shines in UD debut after tough journey

Archdeacon: Newcomer Matos shines in UD debut after tough journey

“It’s been a hell of a ride.” That’s the way a beaming Jhery Matos described it Friday night after he cemented himself into the Dayton Flyers’ rotation and the hearts of UD fans by helping lead his new team to an 89-71 victory over Capital University in an entertaining exhibition game at UD Arena. It was a night for mixing a few old Flyers memories with several new faces...
Dayton vs. Capital: Five takeaways from Friday’s exhibition game

Dayton vs. Capital: Five takeaways from Friday’s exhibition game

Obi Toppin introduced himself to fans with with two memorable dunks. Trey Landers showed the hops that make him one of the team’s most exciting players. Josh Cunningham took over in the second half to squash any late comeback. For the most part, the Dayton Flyers got everything wanted from an exhibition game Friday against Capital University at UD Arena. They left the court healthy despite two...
Dayton pulls away in second half to beat Capital in exhibition game

Dayton pulls away in second half to beat Capital in exhibition game

Trey Landers and Jhery Matos each scored 15 points to lead the Dayton Flyers to an 89-71 victory against Capital in an exhibition game Friday at UD Arena. Playing their only public exhibition game before their season opener Wednesday against North Florida, Dayton pulled away in the second half against a Division III opponent coached by Dayton alum Damon Goodwin. Josh Cunningham had a double-double...
Dayton adds two walk-ons from local high schools to roster for 2018-19 season

Dayton adds two walk-ons from local high schools to roster for 2018-19 season

The Dayton Flyers announced the addition of two freshman walk-ons to the roster on Friday just before an exhibition game against Capital at UD Arena. Jabali Leonard, a Meadowdale High School graduate, and Christian Wilson, a Northmont graduate, will be on the bench this season along with returning walk-ons Jack Westerfield and Camron Greer. Both players are 6-1 guards. Leonard will wear No. 51. Wilson...
Shauna Green sees ‘bright spots’ in Dayton’s exhibition victory

Shauna Green sees ‘bright spots’ in Dayton’s exhibition victory

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team practiced at UD Arena for the first time since last March on Wednesday. Bright and early at 6 a.m, they took the floor as the first players to see the renovations from phase two of the three-year, $72-million project. The men’s team got its chance later that day. Then Thursday night, coach Shauna Green’s Flyers took the court at the arena...
FIRST LOOK: Dayton reaches ‘important milestone’ in UD Arena renovation

FIRST LOOK: Dayton reaches ‘important milestone’ in UD Arena renovation

No recent photos from the inside of UD Arena circulated before this week. The University of Dayton kept a tight wrap on what workers were doing inside the facility since last spring. UD released a video during the summer showing progress being made during phase two of the three-year, $72-million renovation, but for the most part, fans of the Dayton Flyers could only go off the artist renderings released...
Scoochie Smith to play for Cavs’ G League team

Scoochie Smith to play for Cavs’ G League team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith was not on the training camp roster released by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, but Smith said he will play for the the Cavaliers’ G League team, the Canton Charge, this season. Smith signed with the Cavaliers earlier this month but was waived days later. According to a report by Keith Smith, the Cavs waived Smith and Isaac Hamilton to sign...
UD Arena to host 2020 Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament

UD Arena to host 2020 Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament

The Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament is coming to UD Arena in 2020. The conference announced sites through 2021 on Tuesday.  “For the Atlantic 10, the University, the Dayton region, players, coaches, media, and fans of all ages, we are excited to extend our long and rich relationship with hosting college basketball; one that will continue to bring the excitement of college...
Signed 30 minutes before Thursday’s game, first MLB win ‘like a dream’ for UD, Beavercreek grad

Signed 30 minutes before Thursday’s game, first MLB win ‘like a dream’ for UD, Beavercreek grad

University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild signed his Blue Jays contract a half-hour before and then came on to pitch six impressive innings of relief in his first game in the majors in more than 15 months. Kendrys Morales had a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning to back Hauschild, and Toronto beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Thursday night. Hauschild, who was released...
Report: Nebraska transfer commits to Dayton

Report: Nebraska transfer commits to Dayton

Jordy Tshimanga, a transfer from Nebraska, has committed to the University of Dayton, according to a report by ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla. Tshimanga and his brother Emmanuel Tshimanga, a 2019 recruit, visited Dayton on Wednesday. Jordy Tshimanga, a 6-foot-11 center, started 18 games last season for Nebraska, averaging 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. He announced his decision...
Grant on Dayton’s progress during summer practices: ‘We’re better’

Grant on Dayton’s progress during summer practices: ‘We’re better’

The sounds of bouncing basketballs almost drowned out Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant as he talked to reporters Tuesday at the Cronin Center. Dayton’s eleven scholarship players, plus Meadowdale graduate Jabali Leonard, who’s trying to make the team as a walk-on, warmed up for practice with a shootaround as Grant spoke. The Flyers are nearing the end of their summer workouts. Classes...
A-10 predictions roundup: Saint Louis favored by most

A-10 predictions roundup: Saint Louis favored by most

The college basketball season begins in 3½ months. Most of the offseason roster moves have taken place. It’s not too early to make predictions about the Atlantic 10 Conference race, even though the official preseason poll won’t come out until October. Based on the early rankings, Saint Louis, George Mason and St. Joseph’s are the favorites. No one really knows where to rank...
Watch: Dayton provides first extended look at Flyers in practice this summer

Watch: Dayton provides first extended look at Flyers in practice this summer

Just under four months remain until the start of the 2018-19 college basketball season. Teams can begin play Nov. 6. That’s a Tuesday. Past seasons began Fridays. A new NCAA rule pushed up the start date, and Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said in April UD would probably take advantage of the early start date. While fans may not get to see the Flyers before then — the renovation...
What has Dayton coach Anthony Grant seen so far from the Flyers this summer?

What has Dayton coach Anthony Grant seen so far from the Flyers this summer?

The Dayton Flyers basketball veterans are back in the gym.  So are the freshmen and the transfers.  So how are things going so far this summer at UD?  Coach Anthony Grant provided us with an update after the first week of summer workouts (See video above).  In short, he likes what he has seen so far, but he cautioned it is early, especially from a team perspective.  The better...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
Dayton Flyers notes: Livingston II dominates for George Mason in second half

Dayton Flyers notes: Livingston II dominates for George Mason in second half

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant compared George Mason star Otis Livingston II to Massachusetts guard Luwane Pipkins on Monday, and he turned out to be more right than he could have wanted to be. Pipkins burned the Flyers twice earlier this season, and Livingston dominated Dayton on Wednesday, scoring 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in an 85-67 victory against the Flyers at EagleBank Arena. "...
Dayton continues to thrive at UD Arena, routing Duquesne

Dayton continues to thrive at UD Arena, routing Duquesne

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot started walking toward each other for the post-game handshake Wednesday when officials started blowing their whistles because one-tenth of a second remained on the clock. The officials made Duquesne in-bound the ball just to run out the time, extending the misery for the Dukes, who ran into a team that has looked like one of the best...
Jordan Davis bounces back with strong performance for Dayton

Jordan Davis bounces back with strong performance for Dayton

Freshman guard Jordan Davis rebounded from his worst shooting performance of the season with one of his best, helping lead the Dayton Flyers to an 88-73 victory Wednesday against Duquesne at UD Arena. Davis made 1 of 8 shots from the field and scored 3 points Saturday in an 86-82 double-overtime loss at Massachusetts. He made 7 of 8 shots in this game, including 4 of 5 3-pointers, and finished with...
U.D.'s best recruit shows why Flyers fans should be excited for next year

U.D.'s best recruit shows why Flyers fans should be excited for next year

Stickers from close to 40 colleges plaster the door to the guidance counselor’s office at Holy Name High School. The winged “D” logo from the University of Dayton adorns one side. One student played a large role in bringing college basketball coaches — former Dayton coach Archie Miller and current Dayton coach Anthony Grant among them — from many of the schools represented...
Dayton coach on defense vs. Davidson: ‘May have been our best effort of the year’

Dayton coach on defense vs. Davidson: ‘May have been our best effort of the year’

Davidson freshman Kellan Grady lofted a shot toward the rafters at UD Arena. His half-court desperation heave looked good on the way but clanged off the backboard. It wouldn’t have counted anyway. The officials saw Grady release the ball after the buzzer, waving it off when the ball was still in the air. With that, the Dayton Flyers returned to .500 with their third victory against a team sitting...
Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Tennessee Tech junior Courtney Alexander provided the most lasting image Wednesday at UD Arena, showing off an underhanded free-throw form that would make grandmas everywhere proud. Granny-style free-throw shooting is a rare thing, and a crowd of 12,976 took notice. Dayton’s fans reserved most of their cheers for their team, of course. Dayton took control of the game with a 15-0 run in the first...
PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

Who: Akron (2-0) at Dayton (2-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO OLD DOMINION GAME: Five takeaways | Photos | Game story | Davis blossoming | Notes Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 22.0 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.8 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.0 Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.8 Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Anthony Grant was looking for a diamond in the rough. Jalen Crutcher was hoping to get some shiny earrings. The two reached out to each other and both ended up getting what they wanted. Late in the recruiting cycle, Grant got the point guard help he needed to fill out his Dayton Flyers roster and Crutcher now sports a pair of pea-sized, diamond-like adornments on his lobes. A 6-foot-1 freshman from...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

The non-conference scheduling strategy for the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program will not change in the Anthony Grant era. Dayton still wants to play four teams, outside its annual exempt tournament, every season that it expects will compete for NCAA tournament berths. “We’ve got to play the best teams we can beat in the non-conference,” said Athletic Director Neil Sullivan...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

The Dayton Flyers will lean on freshmen throughout the 2017-18 season, more so than they have in recent seasons. With 10 scholarship players, they have to. They need production from redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo and true freshmen Jordan Davis, Jordan Pierce, Jalen Crutcher and Matej Svoboda. Dayton hasn’t had a freshman average more than 10 points per game in the last nine seasons....
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton Flyers junior forward Ryan Mikesell underwent surgery on his left hip Friday in Columbus. “The surgery went well,” coach Anthony Grant said. “He’s at home for the weekend. Sometime next week he’ll get back on campus to start rehab.” Mikesell, a St. Henry High School graduate, had surgery on his right hip on May 16. He was diagnosed with impingements...
UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

The University of Dayton provided an update on the progress of the first phase of the UD Arena transformation on Friday. UD Arena Director Scott DeBolt provided quick rundown of what has been done in the first three weeks. Week one: Removed telescopic seats; took down the center-hung scoreboard; removed the crow’s nest; and started removing the 100-level seats. RELATED: UD Arena’s...
Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Former Dayton Flyers walk-on guard Jeremiah Bonsu has accepted a job with the Bowling Green Falcons men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant coach. Bonsu graduated from UD in May with the four other Dayton seniors. He spent three seasons with the team. He never scored a point and appeared in only two games as a senior, but he became a popular player in part because of his celebrations...
Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out for the Houston Rockets on Thursday. It’s the fourth workout in advance of the NBA Draft for Smith, who previously worked out for the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from...
Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Former Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre will participate in the Toronto Raptors’ free-agent camp Thursday and Friday, the Raptors announced Wednesday. Pierre, a native of Whitby, Ont., was one of 23 players invited. Pierre played in Germany last season and led the top league in rebounding. He averaged 7.9 rebounds in 32 games for Lowen Braunschweig. Pierre, who finished his career at...
Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke, UD’s leading scorer the last two seasons, worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Cooke previously worked out with the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. His next workout will be with the Sacramento Kings. “This is the most fun I've had playing basketball in some years,” Cooke wrote...
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the New York Knicks on Monday. This is the third workout for Smith, following workouts with the Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks. Smith is a native of Bronx, N.Y., and has been training in New York City since graduation. He was 4-0 in his career against Fordham in the Bronx. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1...
2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

Add another name to the growing list of 2018 recruits the Dayton Flyers are pursuing. Omar Silverio, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, N.Y., received a scholarship offer on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Silverio has offers from Massachusetts, Wagner and Quinnipiac, among others. According to his Twitter bio, Silverio is originally from the Dominican Republic...
Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

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

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. The A-10 announced schedule pairings for all 14 teams Wednesday. UD will also play Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice...
Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Smith previously worked out with the Toronto Raptors in May. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from UD on May 7. He’s been working on starting his own online clothing business.
Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard will sign autographs at Milano’s on Brown Street from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Smith and Pollard, who finished their UD careers with 102 victories in March and graduated in May, will be back in town for Reunion Weekend at the University of Dayton. Smith ranks 26th in school history with 1,289 points. Pollard ranks 34th with 1,171...
Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Versailles High School senior Justin Ahrens received a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday, not long after announcing he was decommitting from Ohio State and reopening his recruitment. Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 forward in the class of 2018, verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Aug. 27, 2016. With Thad Matta’s tenure as Ohio State’s coach ending Monday, Ahrens will...
All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team picked up a commitment from a member of the class of 2018 on Monday. Ella Skeens, a 5-foot-11 wing from Chillicothe Southeastern High School, announced her decision via Twitter. Skeens is a three-star recruit, according to ESPN’s rankings. She averaged  22.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a junior and was named the Southeast...
Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Julia Chandler, a 6-foot-2 forward from Toronto, Ont., will transfer from Syracuse University to the University of Dayton, according to a source. She visited the Dayton Flyers over the weekend. Chandler averaged 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds last season as a sophomore. She will have to sit out this season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Chandler announced her intention to transfer on May...
First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

The first members of the Dayton Flyers’ five-man 2017 recruiting class have arrived on campus. “Dayton I’m here!” Jalen Crutcher wrote Saturday on Twitter. Jordan Pierce arrived on campus last week and announced Sunday on Twitter he will wear No. 14 for the Flyers. Crutcher was the first player recruited by new coach Anthony Grant and his staff to sign with the Flyers...
UD Arena renovations are underway

UD Arena renovations are underway

The University of Dayton unveiled the first photos of renovations taking place at UD Arena, posting four photos to Twitter on Wednesday. The images show seats being removed near the court. On Thursday, UD posted a video of the scoreboard above center court being taken down. Among the upgrades coming in phase one of the three-year project are new seats in the 100 and 200 levels and a new scoreboard...
Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith worked out with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto. This was the fifth day of pre-draft workouts for the Raptors. Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, North Carolina’s Nate Britt, Virginia’s Austin Nichols, Houston’s Damyean Dotson and Southeast Missouri’s Antonius Cleveland also worked out in Smith&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Devin Davis will join Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff as the director of player development, the University of Dayton announced Tuesday via Twitter. Davis, 42, is a native of Miami, Fla., like Grant. They both graduated from Miami Senior High School. Davis played college basketball at Miami University from 1993-97. He’s the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,828...

UD Arena removes tartan floor as part of $72M upgrade

After more than a decade of service, the old tartan floor from the UD Arena is getting prepped to be dismantled. This comes as the University of Dayton is planning several upgrades to the arena over the next few years that will total $72 million to the venue at 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton. One last unofficial game took place today on the court, as alumni paid their last respects before...
UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

The last game on the old Tartan court at UD Arena looked nothing like the first. As part of the three-year renovation of the arena, UD is tearing out the old surface, which has been beneath the wood court since the 1985-86 season. That process starts Tuesday and will take about a month. It’s not an easy surface to remove. “It’s going to take a while to get it out and grind it out...
Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Dayton Flyers forward Devin Oliver won the league championship in his first season in Slovenia. Oliver’s team, Union Olimpija, beat Rogaska 94-78 on Wednesday to win the best-of-five series 3-1. It was Union Olimpija’s first title in eight years. Oliver had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the final game. "Honored and grateful to be apart of this organization and team,&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Darren Hertz arrived at the University of Dayton in April, joining new Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff a little more than three years after coaching against UD in the Elite Eight. Hertz was on Billy Donovan’s staff in 2014 when top-seeded Florida beat No. 11 seed Dayton 62-52 in the South Regional final in Memphis, Tenn. Hertz looked back on that game Monday in an interview...
Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Two University of Dayton basketball greats were inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Columbus. Johnny Davis, who scored 1,562 points (1973-76), and Ann Meyers, a three-time All-American who still holds the school record for points (2,672, 1976-80), were honored during a ceremony in Columbus. This is the 12th class for the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. The first was inducted...
Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Archie Miller always knew the 2017 recruiting class would be crucial to the Dayton Flyers. He knew they were losing four seniors who would be hard to replace. “We know it’s an important one,” Miller said last August before UD had any commitments. “I think it’s going to be one of our bigger ones.” By the time Miller left for Indiana in March, Dayton had...
Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Obadiah Toppin, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., announced his commitment to the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday via Twitter. Toppin, who’s originally from Ossining, N.Y., visited Dayton in April. He also had offers from Rhode Island, Illinois and Mississippi State. Toppin is the second recruit of the Anthony Grant era, following point guard Jalen Crutcher, and the fifth...
Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke will participate in the Professional Basketball Combine at IMG Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla. This is a new event. Twenty two players, including Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain and Xavier’s Malcolm Bernard, will attend. Scouts from 15 teams are expected to attend. Cooke, of Trenton, N.J., played two seasons with the Flyers. He led...
Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Two new Atlantic 10 coaches know each other well and will coach against each other for the first time next season. Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and Massachusetts coach Matt McCall, who were hired one day apart in March, worked together at the University of Florida for five seasons and were part of the program’s first national championship team in 2006. Grant was an assistant on Florida...
Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo traveled to Europe with his brother, Milwaukee Bucks start Giannis Antetokounmpo, when the school year at UD ended. Giannis has documented the trip on social media. They have worked out together in their home country, Greece, and watched their brother Thanasis play in Spain. Kostas will be a redshirt freshman in the 2017-18 season. He enrolled at UD for the...
UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

Dayton Flyers Athletic Director Neil Sullivan joined WHIO’s Larry Hansgen on the Miami Valley Morning News on Monday to talk about changes coming to UD Arena. The University of Dayton announced a $72 million upgrade Thursday. Sullivan touched on numerous aspects of the plan. Here are 10 highlights: 1. Early reviews: The reaction to the UD Arena changes has been overwhelmingly positive...
Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

A fundraiser for the family of former Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis has raised $19,600 since Thursday. A GoFundMe account was started Thursday to raise money for Davis’ family, which lost its home in Chicago in a fire on April 4. The goal was to raise $11,000, and donations by 193 people helped the family surpass that goal in fewer than two days. Davis responded to the outpouring...
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