Dayton guard Ryan Bass looks for space to dribble as Devon Scott, front right,
guards him at the Red & Blue Game on Oct. 25, 2014, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller got a late birthday present Friday. A day after his 36th birthday, a few voters in the Associated Press poll showed the Flyers some respect.
Dayton received six points in voting and is ranked 43rd. They’re in the “others receiving votes” part of the poll, just behind Arkansas, a team it plays Dec. 14, and just ahead of Providence.
Virginia Commonwealth earned a No. 16 ranking. It’s the only A-10 team in the top 25. Massachusetts received four points in voting, and George Washington received one vote.
Kentucky received 24 of 32 first-place votes and is ranked first and is followed in the top 10 by Arizona, Duke, Wisconsin, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Louisville and Texas.
Dayton also received six points in voting for the USA Today Coaches Poll, which came out earlier this fall.
The Dayton women, meanwhile, are ranked 22nd in the AP preseason poll.
“It’s really nice for the fans,” Dayton coach Jim Jabir said. “It’s good for recruits to see. It’s good for the school. Other than that, you lose your first game, and you’re out of the poll. Polls are important at the end of the season when you’ve proven your body of work. I think it says more about what we’ve built over the last couple years.”