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Dayton Flyers
2014–15 Dayton Flyers men's basketball team
Dayton Flyers athletic logo
University University of Dayton
Conference Atlantic 10
Location Dayton, OH
Head coach Archie Miller (4th year)
Arena UD Arena
(Capacity: 13,435)
Nickname Flyers
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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Alternate
NCAA Tournament runner up
1967
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1967
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1967, 1984, 2014
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1984, 2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
1952, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1984, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1990, 2003

The Dayton Flyers men's basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Ten Conference representing the University of Dayton in Ohio. Dayton is one of the top-50 all time winningest Division I college basketball programs.[1]

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

St Mary's Institute first men's basketball team, 1903

The first collegiate basketball team began play at Dayton, then known as St. Mary's Institute, during the 1903–04 season. The school's early teams were informally nicknamed "The Saints" by local sportswriters and competed against colleges, high schools, and club teams throughout the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and New York region.[2] Early rivalries with Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) began in the 1908–09 season, and with Ohio State in the 1913–14 season,.[2][3] Fr. William O'Malley is recognized as the first coach of the Saints, but the team had no coach for the first six seasons. Harry Solimano, believed to be a former Saints player, succeeded O'Malley in the 1910 season and coached the team four seasons and again for the 1919–20 seasons.[2] In 1920 the school changed its name to the University of Dayton and its sports teams gradually became known as the Flyers. Also in 1920, the school began playing nearby Xavier University, a rivalry that has spawned 156 meetings as of 2014. Games were originally played in an on-campus gymnasium, but later moved to the nearby Montgomery County Fairgrounds Colliseum. Harry Baujan became both the football and basketball coach in 1923 and later became the school's athletic director. Through the 1920s and 1930s, the basketball program was subordinate to the football program with respect to resources and athletic department focus.[2] In 1939, Baujan hired James Carter as both an assistant football coach and head basketball coach. Carter moved to expand Dayton's national profile by issuing basketball scholarships and scheduling trips to east coast basketball powers such as St John's and St Joseph's,.[2][3] Carter is also recognized as the first Dayton coach to play an African American student-athlete. World War II brought a two year hiatus to the basketball program between 1943 and 1945.

The Tom Blackburn Era--National Emergence[edit]

In 1947, Tom Blackburn succeeded Carter as the school's first full-time head basketball coach. Blackburn, noted as a strict disciplinarian, recruited many former military men to his early squads and began to shift Dayton's scheduling focus from strictly local Ohio collegiate teams to a more regional focus, starting series with such programs as Louisville in 1947–48 season.[2] Blackburn would recruit future NBA player Don Meineke, along with local standouts Junior Norris & Chuck Grigsby in 1948 to form the nucleus of the school's first nationally recognized teams. The 1950–51 Flyers reached #13 in the AP Poll and the finals of the NIT before bowing out to Brigham Young.[4] The following year, the Flyers also reached the NIT Finals, while also participating in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, finishing in the regional semi-final. In light of the school's growing national stature and increasing fan base, the University constructed the 5,800 seat on-campus University of Dayton Fieldhouse in 1950. Blackburn established Dayton as a national basketball power, winning the National Invitational Tournament in 1962, reaching the NIT finals six times during the 1950s and early 1960s, and securing a #2 AP ranking for most of the 1955-1956 season.[3] The foundation established by Blackburn led to Dayton being the winningest Division I basketball program through the 1950s and 1960s.[5]

The Don Donoher Era--National Runner Up[edit]

Tom Blackburn became ill with terminal lung cancer during the 1963–64 season. Don Donoher, a former Dayton player and assistant coach took over for the final three games of the 1963-64 season.[2] Donoher guided the Flyers to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in his first two years as coach, then led the Flyers to the 1967 NCAA Championship game by beating Western Kentucky, #8 ranked Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and #4 ranked North Carolina, before falling to #1 ranked and eventual champion UCLA 79-64 in the final.[3] Donoher's 1967-68 squad began the season ranked #6 in the country in the AP Poll, but faltered in early competition and finished with a 17-9 record, missing the NCAA tournament. Nonetheless, Donoher's Flyers made a successful run through the 1968 NIT field, besting Kansas in the championship to win their second NIT crown. The Flyers would again face UCLA in a pivotal NCAA tournament game in 1974. The 20-7 Flyers squared off against the Bruins in the West Regional Sweet Sixteen and took the Bill Walton-led seven consecutive NCAA Champions to three overtimes before eventually falling 111-100.[3] Donoher would again lead the Flyers to NCAA success in 1984 as Roosevelt Chapman led Flyers bested LSU, #7 ranked Oklahoma, and #15 ranked Washington before falling in the Elite Eight to eventual national champion Georgetown. The 24-season Donoher era was arguably Dayton's finest, producing eight NCAA tournament invitations, and eight NIT invitations. Following the success of the 1967 National Runner Up squad, the University began planning for a new 13,500 seat facility to house the nationally prominent Flyers. The UD Arena became the Flyer's home court at the start of the 1969-70 season.

Dayton avoided the trend towards league affiliation that began to sweep over college basketball in the 1970s and early 1980s. Instead, Dayton formed an informal home-home scheduling alliance with peer programs such as DePaul, Marquette, and Notre Dame during the early-mid 1980s in an effort to fill their schedules with quality opponents,.[6][7] Dayton was approached as early as 1978 to join what would eventually become the Horizon League, but avoided league affiliation until the 1987–88 season when the school began play in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference,.[8][9]

The Jim O'Brien Era[edit]

Jim O'Brien

Following three successive losing seasons, the Flyers changed coaches following the 1988–89 season and hired Jim O'Brien, former head basketball coach at Wheeling Jesuit University. The Flyers won the MCC conference tournament in 1990, and defeated Illinois in the first round of the NCAA tournament before bowing out to eventual Final Four participant Arkansas in the second round, 86-84. The Flyers moved to the Great Midwest Conference in 1993, but produced a dismal 1-23 conference record over their two seasons of league play. O'Brien was dismissed following the 1993-94 season after successive 4-26 and 6-21 seasons.

The Oliver Purnell Era[edit]

Oliver Purnell

Dayton turned to Old Dominion head basketball coach Oliver Purnell to resurrect their moribund basketball program. The dissolution of the Great Midwest Conference in 1995 and subsequent snub by former conference mates in joining the new Conference USA further complicated Purnell's rebuilding task. In 1995 the Flyers accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Ten Conference where they remain today. Purnell guided the Flyers to the 1998 NIT, the school's first post-season appearance in eight seasons. Purnell would lead the Flyers back to the NCAA tournament in 2000 following the Co-SIDA Classic Championship, an 11-5 conference record and non-conference victories over #12 ranked Kentucky, New Mexico, and rival Marquette. Purnell's 2000-01 team earned the program's first national ranking for the school since 1974 following victories over #12 UCONN and #6 Maryland in the 2000 Maui Invitational Tournament.[3] Dayton would go on to reach the quarterfinals of the 2001 NIT. Dayton would again make the NIT field in 2002. The 2002–03 season would mark the completion of Purnell's rebuilding project as the Flyers compiled a 24-6 record and reached as high as #16 in the AP Poll following victories over #21 Cincinnati, #13 Marquette, and two wins over #25 St Joseph's en route to their first Atlantic 10 championship. The Flyers earned a #4 seed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, but fell to Tulsa in the first round. Following the season, Purnell accepted an offer to become the Clemson head basketball coach.

The Brian Gregory Era[edit]

Brian Gregory

On April 9, 2003, the University of Dayton announced Brian Gregory would become the 18th head basketball coach for the Flyers. Gregory enjoyed immediate success with his new team, guiding the senior laden Flyers to a 24-9 record, the 2003 Maui Invitational Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in his inaugural season.[10] The 2006–07 team finished the season 19-12 with wins over NCAA tournament bound Louisville, Creighton, Holy Cross, Miami, and George Washington.[11] The Flyers opened the 2007-08 campaign with a 14-1 record and wins over 12th-ranked Louisville, 6th-ranked Pitt and 22nd-ranked Rhode Island. On December 31 the team was voted into both Top 25 polls for the first time since 2003. The team reached as high as 14th in the AP Poll and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. However injuries to Chris Wright and Charles Little derailed Dayton's season. The Flyers finished 9-10 in conference play, but 23-11 overall and were able to reach the quarterfinals of the NIT, losing at Ohio State.

The Flyers built upon the progress of the 2007–08 season by compiling a 27-8 overall record (11-5 Atlantic-10) and defeating #15 Marquette and #17 Xavier en route to an NCAA Tournament berth. The Flyers stunned higher seeded West Virginia before bowing out to Kansas in the second round. The 2009-10 Flyers began the season with high expectations, but faltered in league play to miss the NCAA tournament. However, the Flyers regrouped to storm through the NIT bracket, defeating Cincinnati and Illinois on their home floors and besting Ole Miss and North Carolina in New York to win the 2010 NIT Championship, the school's third NIT title. Gregory compiled a 172-94 record with the Flyers through eight seasons, leading them to two NCAAs and three NITs. Gregory also recruited future NBA players Brian Roberts, Chris Wright, and Chris Johnson, Dayton's first NBA players since Negele Knight in 1990. Gregory accepted the head coaching position at Georgia Tech following the 2010-11 season.

The Archie Miller Era[edit]

The Flyers turned to Arizona assistant Archie Miller in 2011 to lead the program. Miller's first team won the 2011 Old Spice Classic, shocked #16 ranked Alabama and reached the 2012 NIT as a #2 seed. The 2013–14 Flyers placed third in the 2013 Maui Invitational, beating #11 ranked Gonzaga and California. The 2013-14 team experienced a mid-season swoon due to injuries, but entered A-10 Tournament play on a 9-1 run with victories over league rivals #17 St Louis, UMASS and George Washington.[12] Dayton received an 11-seed as an at-large team to the 2014 NCAA Tournament South Region. The Flyers faced in-state foe Ohio State in the second round, winning a thrilling 60-59 decision. The Flyers next faced the Syracuse Orange in the third round and again upset the heavily favored higher seed 55-53 to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in three decades. The Flyers advanced to the Elite Eight with an 82-72 victory over Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen, but fell to Florida in the South Regional Championship, 62-52.

Atmosphere[edit]

The Flyer Faithful[edit]

Game time at UD Arena

The Flyers are noted for their passionate fan base, dubbed "The Flyer Faithful." The Flyers are routinely in the top-30 in average game attendance among all NCAA Division I basketball programs.[13] As a result of this support, the Flyer's home court is regarded as not only an extremely challenging venue in which to play, but has been hailed as one of the greatest basketball atmospheres in all of college basketball.[14][15][16] Additionally, this fan base is noted for its willingness to travel and enthusiastically support the Flyers in both neutral and hostile environments.[17][18][19] [20] [21]

Rivalries[edit]

Dayton has historical rivalries with several area teams including Xavier, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, and Louisville, as well as fellow Catholic schools such as Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has met Xavier 158 times, more than any other opponent, and holds an 84–74 edge in the series through 2014. Dayton & Xavier play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.

Dayton Flyers Fight Song[22][edit]

Words: Anthony McCarthy 1924 and D. Herbert Abel 1922 Music: Anthony McCarthy 1924

Come and let your voices ring clear,
Come to sing your praises and cheer,
While our team's beating
And we're repeating
That "We're for, U. of D."

CHORUS:

We're gonna win this game, you bet.
Our banner's proudly waving yet.
You have a great big name,
But to us you're the same
As all the other teams that we play
Oh! when we do,
(Oh! When we do),
Oh! When we do,
(Oh! When we do),
We're gonna make your team feel blue,
For every victory brings its fame, you see,
To dear old U. of D.

CHEER:

"D - A - Y"  "T - O - N"
"F - L - Y"  "E - R - S"
"Day - ton"  "Fly - ers"
"Go U.D.!"

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Head Coach Overall Conf. Postseason Notes
Independent
1903-04 No Coach 5-1 -
1904-05 No Coach 6-1 -
1905-06 No Coach 7-2 -
1906-07 No Coach 14-0 -
1907-08 No Coach 10-3 -
1908-09 No Coach 12-2 -
1909-10 Fr. William O'Malley 5-6 -
1910-11 Fr. William O'Malley 10-1 -
1911-12 Harry Solimano 13-0 -
1912-13 Harry Solimano 11-1 -
1913-14 Harry Solimano 5-4 -
1914-15 Al Mahrt 4-4 -
1915-16 Alfred McCray 11-2 -
1916-17 Alfred McCray 8-3 -
1917-18 Al Mahrt 2-4 -
1918-19 Al Mahrt 3-4 -
1919-20 Harry Solimano 5-8 -
1920-21 Dutch Thiele 6-16 -
1921-22 William Sherry 6-8 -
1922-23 Van Hill 9-7 -
1923-24 Harry Baujan 9-5 -
1924-25 Harry Baujan 9-11 -
1925-26 Harry Baujan 7-8 -
1926-27 Harry Baujan 10-9 -
1927-28 Harry Baujan 11-5 -
1928-29 George Fitzgerald 9-10 -
1929-30 Bill Belanich 4-14 -
1930-31 Bill Belanich 2-15 -
1931-32 Bill Belanich 3-12 -
1932-33 Bill Belanich 7-7 -
1933-34 Louis Tschudi 9-7 -
1934-35 Louis Tschudi 4-11 -
1935-36 Joe Holsinger 3-13 -
1936-37 Joe Holsinger 7-12 -
1937-38 Joe Holsinger 6-11 -
1938-39 Joe Holsinger 2-12 -
1939-40 James Carter 4-17 -
1940-41 James Carter 9-14 -
1941-42 James Carter 12-6 -
1942-43 James Carter 9-8 -
1945-46 James Carter 3-13 -
1946-47 James Carter 4-17 -
1947-48 Tom Blackburn 12-14 -
1948-49 Tom Blackburn 16-14 - NCI 2nd Round National Catholic Invitational
1949-50 Tom Blackburn 24-8 - OCT Runner-up Ohio Catholic Tournament
1950-51 Tom Blackburn 27-5 - NIT Runner-up
1951-52 Tom Blackburn 28-5 - NIT Runner-up
NCAA Sweet 16
1952-53 Tom Blackburn 16-13 -
1953-54 Tom Blackburn 25-7 - NIT Quarterfinals
1954-55 Tom Blackburn 25-4 - NIT Runner-up
1955-56 Tom Blackburn 25-4 - NIT Runner-up
1956-57 Tom Blackburn 19-9 - NIT Quarterfinals
1957-58 Tom Blackburn 25-4 - NIT Runner-up
1958-59 Tom Blackburn 14-12 -
1959-60 Tom Blackburn 21-7 - NIT Quarterfinals
1960-61 Tom Blackburn 20-9 - NIT Final Four
1961-62 Tom Blackburn 24-6 - NIT Champions
1962-63 Tom Blackburn 16-10 -
1963-64 Tom Blackburn 15-10 -
1964-65 Don Donoher 22-7 - NCAA Sweet 16
1965-66 Don Donoher 23-6 - NCAA Sweet 16
1966-67 Don Donoher 25-6 - NCAA Runner-up
1967-68 Don Donoher 21-9 - NIT Champions
1968-69 Don Donoher 20-7 - NCAA 1st Round
1969-70 Don Donoher 19-8 - NCAA 1st Round
1970-71 Don Donoher 18-9 - NIT 1st Round
1971-72 Don Donoher 13-13 -
1972-73 Don Donoher 13-13 -
1973-74 Don Donoher 20-9 - NCAA Sweet 16
1974-75 Don Donoher 10-16 -
1975-76 Don Donoher 14-13 -
1976-77 Don Donoher 16-11 -
1977-78 Don Donoher 19-10 - NIT Quarterfinals
1978-79 Don Donoher 19-10 - NIT 2nd Round
1979-80 Don Donoher 13-14 -
1980-81 Don Donoher 18-11 - NIT 2nd Round
1981-82 Don Donoher 21-9 - NIT Quarterfinals
1982-83 Don Donoher 18-10 -
1983-84 Don Donoher 21-11 - NCAA Elite Eight
1984-85 Don Donoher 19-10 - NCAA 1st Round
1985-86 Don Donoher 17-13 - NIT 1st Round
1986-87 Don Donoher 13-15 -
1987-88 Don Donoher 13-18 -
Midwestern Collegiate Conference
1988-89 Don Donoher 12-17 6-6
1989-90 Jim O'Brien 22-10 10-4 NCAA 2nd Round Conference Tournament Champion
1990-91 Jim O'Brien 14-15 8-6
1991-92 Jim O'Brien 15-15 5-5
1992-93 Jim O'Brien 4-26 3-11
Great Midwest Conference
1993-94 Jim O'Brien 6-21 1-11
1994-95 Oliver Purnell 7-20 0-12
Atlantic 10 Conference
1995-96 Oliver Purnell 15-14 6-10
1996-97 Oliver Purnell 13-14 6-10
1997-98 Oliver Purnell 21-12 11-5 NIT 2nd Round
1998-99 Oliver Purnell 11-17 5-11
1999-00 Oliver Purnell 22-9 11-5 NCAA 1st Round
2000-01 Oliver Purnell 21-13 9-7 NIT Quarterfinals
2001-02 Oliver Purnell 21-11 10-6 NIT 1st Round
2002-03 Oliver Purnell 24-6 14-2 NCAA 1st Round Conference Tournament Champion
2003-04 Brian Gregory 24-9 12-4 NCAA 1st Round Maui Invitational Champions
2004-05 Brian Gregory 18-11 10-6
2005-06 Brian Gregory 14-17 6-10
2006-07 Brian Gregory 19-12 8-8
2007-08 Brian Gregory 23-11 8-8 NIT Quarterfinals
2008-09 Brian Gregory 27-8 11-5 NCAA 2nd Round
2009-10 Brian Gregory 25-12 8-8 NIT Champions
2010-11 Brian Gregory 22-14 7-9 NIT 1st Round
2011-12 Archie Miller 20-13 9-7 NIT 1st Round Old Spice Classic Tournament Champions
2012-13 Archie Miller 17-13 7-9
2013-14 Archie Miller 26-11 10-6 NCAA Elite Eight

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Flyers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 15 times. Their combined record is 17–17.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Illinois
Princeton
L 61–80
W 77–61
1965 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Ohio
Michigan
DePaul
W 66–65
L 71–98
W 75–69
1966 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Miami (OH)
Kentucky
WKU
W 58–51
L 79–86
L 62–82
1967 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
WKU
Tennessee
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
UCLA
W 69–67OT
W 53–52
W 71–66OT
W 76–62
L 64–79
1969 First Round Colorado State L 50–52
1970 First Round Houston L 64–71
1974 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Cal State Los Angeles
UCLA
New Mexico
W 88–80
L 100–1113OT
L 61–66
1984 #10 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 LSU
#2 Oklahoma
#6 Washington
#1 Georgetown
W 74–66
W 89–85
W 64–58
L 49–61
1985 #9 First Round #8 Villanova L 49–51
1990 #12 First Round
Second Round
#5 Illinois
#4 Arkansas
W 88–86
L 84–86
2000 #11 First Round #6 Purdue L 61–62
2003 #4 First Round #13 Tulsa L 71–84
2004 #10 First Round #7 DePaul L 69–76
2009 #11 First Round
Second Round
#6 West Virginia
#3 Kansas
W 68–60
L 43–60
2014 #11 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#6 Ohio State
#3 Syracuse
#10 Stanford
#1 Florida
W 60–59
W 55–53
W 82–72
L 52–62

NCAA Tournament seeding history[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '84 '85 '90 '00 '03 '04 '09 '14
Seeds 10 9 12 11 4 10 11 11

NIT results[edit]

The Flyers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 24 times. Their combined record is 40–22. They are three time NIT champions (1962, 1968, 2010).

Year Round Opponent Result
1951 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Lawrence Tech
Arizona
St. John's
BYU
W 77–71
W 74–68
W 69–62
L 43–62
1952 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
NYU
Saint Louis
St. Bonaventure
La Salle
W 81–66
W 68–58
W 69–62
L 64–75
1954 First Round
Quarterfinals
Manhattan
Niagara
W 90–79
L 74–77
1955 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Saint Louis
St. Francis (NY)
Duquesne
W 97–81
W 79–73
L 58–70
1956 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Xavier
St. Francis (NY)
Louisville
W 72–68
W 89–58
L 80–93
1957 First Round
Quarterfinals
Saint Peter's
Temple
W 79–71
L 66–77
1958 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Fordham
St. John's
Xavier
W 74–70
W 80–56
L 74–78
1960 First Round
Quarterfinals
Temple
Bradley
W 72–51
L 64–78
1961 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Temple
Saint Louis
Holy Cross
W 62–60
L 60–67
L 67–85
1962 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Wichita State
Houston
Loyola–Chicago
St. John's
W 79–71
W 94–77
W 98–82
W 73–67
1968 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
West Virginia
Fordham
Notre Dame
Kansas
W 87–68
W 61–60
W 76–74
W 61–48
1971 First Round Duke L 60–68
1978 First Round
Quarterfinals
Fairfield
Georgetown
W 108–93
L 62–71
1979 First Round
Second Round
Holy Cross
Purdue
W 105–81
L 70–84
1981 First Round
Second Round
Fordham
Purdue
W 66–65
L 46–50
1982 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Connecticut
Illinois
Oklahoma
W 76–75
W 61–58
L 82–91
1986 First Round McNeese State L 75–86
1998 First Round
Second Round
Long Island
Penn State
W 95–92
L 74–77
2001 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
UNC Wilmington
Richmond
Detroit
W 68–59
W 71–56
L 42–59
2002 Opening Round
First Round
Detroit
Tennessee Tech
W 80–69
L 59–68
2008 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Cleveland State
Illinois State
Ohio State
W 66–57
W 55–48
L 63–74
2010 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Illinois State
Cincinnati
Illinois
Ole Miss
North Carolina
W 63–42
W 81–66
W 77–71
W 68–63
W 79–68
2011 First Round College of Charleston L 84–94
2012 First Round Iowa L 72–84

Notable Dayton basketball alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ RealTimeRPI.com Dayton Flyers Men's College Basketball Rating Percentage Index (RPI) Ratings - A leading sports ratings and resources community on the Internet
  13. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/Reports/attend/2013.pdf[dead link]
  14. ^ DaytonDailyNews: Dayton, Ohio, news and information
  15. ^ College basketball arena rankings: No place like Kansas’ home - KansasCity.com
  16. ^ "Best Under-the-Radar College Basketball Atmosphere" - Dayton Flyers - YouTube
  17. ^ Flyer fans a loyal bunch | www.daytondailynews.com
  18. ^ NCAA tournament | Dayton basketball: It really is a big deal | Buckeye Xtra Sports
  19. ^ King Kresse: November 2012
  20. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/97641/love-story-flyers-dayton-flying-high
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