Archie Miller and the Flyers at VCU in February. David Jablonski/Staff
I’ve polled Dayton fans on this blog on whether they think the Flyers could ever win a NCAA title.
Personally, I want to see proof. I want to see a team from outside the top conferences win the championship before I’ll believe Dayton can do it. Obviously, Butler came close twice when it was in the Horizon League, and the A-10’s own, George Mason and VCU, made the Final Four in recent years before they joined the conference. UConn won in 2014 as a member of the American Athletic Association, but it was just out of the Big East.
The online sportsbook Bovada thinks Dayton can win it all, however. It gives the Flyers a very slight chance of doing it next season, in fact. The odds are 75-1.
Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina all have 10-1 odds of winning the NCAA champioship.
Now if Oklahoma hires Billy Donovan from Florida and Florida hires Archie Miller, those odds are going to drop, even though Dayton, with four starters returning, will be very good no matter who’s coaching next year.
The rumor mill thinks Miller will be a top candidate if the Gators needs a new coach, and the Donovan hire could become official today or Friday. Even though Miller has said he’ll stay at UD until it doesn’t want him anymore and he has a new deal to keep him here through 2022, you’d have to think he’d take a serious look at Florida if the Gators want him.
Here’s what Pete Thamel, of Sports Illustrated, wrote about the situation yesterday:
Expect Dayton’s Archie Miller to be Foley’s top target, followed by Xavier’s Chris Mack, Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Louisiana Tech’s Michael White. There’s some sentiment that Foley will consider assistant coaches Anthony Grant or John Pelphrey, but that’s unlikely considering the scope of how Foley views the Florida job. Florida has shown that it can pay and play with the best in college basketball. But the question a hot coach would have to ask is whether he wants to attempt to replicate the magic that Donovan conjured in Gainesville, especially in an SEC that appears a lot more difficult than two seasons ago.