53 Reasons: Chasing history

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Scoochie Smith, Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard. David Jablonski/Staff


 

The 2015-16 college basketball season is just around the corner. In honor of the Flyers winning 53 games the last two seasons (and because I couldn’t come up with 2,015 reasons), I’m counting down 53 reasons (in no particular order) to look forward to the season.

Follow the blog between now and the season opener against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 13. I will have four to five updates per week.

I’ll post links on Twitter (@DavidPJablonski) and on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DavidPatrickJablonski.

No. 42: Chasing history

Dayton’s junior class enters the 2015-16 season on pace to break the school record for most victories by a class. Scoochie Smith, Kendall and Pollard and Kyle Davis are 53-20 halfway through their careers.

The 2010-11 senior class of Chris Wright, Devin Searcy, Pete Zesterman and Logan Nourse holds the record with a mark of 97-45 in their four seasons. They were 50-19 through two seasons. Of course, teams play more games than they used to in the 1950s and 1960s, or some of those great Dayton teams would likely own the record.

The juniors haven’t been shy of saying they want the record.

“One thing we talk about is trying to become the winningest class,” Smith said in January. “That’s something we’re looking forward to. I know we’ve got a good record. We want to keep winning and do whatever it takes to win.”

The junior class is already two wins away from the most NCAA tournament wins by one class. The class of 1967 won seven tournament games in their last three seasons. Smith, Pollard and Davis have five in their first two seasons.

All three sophomores took big jumps from their freshman to sophomore seasons.

  • Smith averaged 3.6 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds as a freshman and 9.2, 3.8 and 3.1 as a sophomore.
  • Pollard, the winner of the A-10’s Most Improved Player award, went from 2.2, 0.2 and 1.3 to 12.7, 1.1, 5.3.
  • Davis went from 2.0, 0.6 and 0.7 to 7.1, 2.4 and 2.8.

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