Despite all the ups and downs, the dismissals and the injuries, the thrilling victories and the agonizing defeats, the Dayton Flyers find themselves tied for first in the Atlantic 10 with three games to play.
Kendall Pollard dunks against George Mason. David Jablonski/Staff
I think a UD fan mistook my number for the Flyer Feedback number on WHIO because I got a 2-minute, 30-second voicemail last night from a fan who seemed more concerned about the Buckeyes than the Flyers.
“Ohio State fans are hoping and praying Dayton don’t make the tournament and that they don’t have to face the possibility of facing Dayton again because nothing would be more embarrassing to lose two years in a row to Dayton,” he said. “Dayton is a better program basketball-wise than Ohio State is, maybe not talent wise, but program wise.”
I don’t know what to say about that crazy talk, other than it’s probably better fit for talk radio than this blog.
Anyway, the Flyers and Buckeyes are both on the bubble heading into the final stretch. Dayton’s 76-63 victory over George Mason at UD Arena (photos here) will not convince the committee to select them, but a loss might have convinced the committee not to. Two better opportunities loom for Dayton: at VCU on Saturday and at home against Rhode Island on Tuesday.
Here are five things to take from Dayton’s 21st victory:
1. The A-1o is a jumbled mess at the top.
Steven Wright, who covered the Flyers for the Flyer News last season, makes a spreadsheet every year to show all the possible seeding scenarios for the A-10 tournament. It’s color-coded and well organized, but you need an advanced degree to decipher it, especially this season. I joked on Twitter it was like looking at the Matrix, and I’m not Neo.
I touched on the logjam at the top of the conference in my game story last night: