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DAYTON PLAYS AT RESURGENT DUQUESNE IN A SATURDAY SHOWDOWN
The University of Dayton Flyers look to cool one of the hottest teams in the Atlantic 10 as UD plays the Duquesne Dukes in Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be carried through WHIO Radio and be available over the Internet with live stats and streaming video and audio from DaytonFlyers.com.
With the team battling flu-like symptoms this week, the Flyers look to heal on-and-off the court. After limiting opponents to 55.2 points per game and .352 shooting percentage during non-conference play, A-10 teams are shooting 48 percent from the field and averaging 73 points. The good news is UD has a 1-1 record in conference play thanks in part to Rob Lowery's game-winning lay-up to help the Flyers defeat Fordham 72-71. Dayton still leads the Atlantic 10 in field goal defense (.366) and offensive rebounding (14.4). The Flyers also showcase a balanced scoring attack with eight different players averaging four points or more per contest.
Duquesne is red-hot, winning seven in a row and is unbeaten in three conference contests. The Dukes have been one of the surprise teams in the league. Picked in the A-10 preseason poll to finish 12th, the Dukes have had three of their four losses to ranked teams. Six different Dukes, led by Aaron Jackson, are averaging in double figures during the seven-game winning streak. Duquesne is one of the most balanced squads leading the conference in assists per game (17.6) and steals per game (8.2).
Dayton leads the all-time series 40-17, but Duquesne has won the last two and three of the last five. Last year UD lost 63-61 to the Dukes despite a Marcus Johnson double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Dayton ranks second the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, allowing a paltry 57.3 points per game and has held all but four teams under its scoring average. In the win over No. 15 Marquette, UD forced the Golden Eagles to shoot 39 percent from the field. At Akron the Flyers held the Zips to 25 percent shooting from the field. Marshall was held 28 points below its scoring average, and the best-shooting team in Conference USA (48%) was limited to a season-low 31% FG%. In their last 12 games, the Flyers also have 41 blocks and 76 steals. UD is on pace to average the most steals in 17 years and is 14-0 when out-rebounding their opponent.
LOCK IT UP
Only one team has shot better than 50 percent from the field this year against UD. That's the first time in coach Brian Gregory's tenure UD has accomplished that feat in his first six seasons through the first 17 games.
Through Jan. 15, the Dayton Flyers are one of 16 teams in college basketball with 15 or more victories. One of the keys to UD's success is the team's depth. Dayton is the only team with 12 players who see eight minutes or more of action. Marquette, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Utah State have 11 players, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wake Forest have 10, California, Clemson, Duke, Florida, St. Mary's, Syracuse and Texas A&M have nine, while Illinois State possesses eight.
The Flyers are 6-0 in games decided by five points or less this season. Rob Lowery has made more baskets (5) in the last two minutes of the game than any other Flyer this season, and none were bigger than the coast-to-coast game-winning layup with five seconds left in Wednesday's Fordham win.
LITTLE BIG MAN
At 6-foot-6, 247 pounds, Charles Little might be one of the most inaccurately named players in the country. Little scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, in a win over UNC Greensboro including dunks on three straight possessions. He had 10 points and three rebounds over Bethune-Cookman. In the Mercer win Little tallied 11 points and five rebounds. He added a season-high nine rebounds against Auburn. Little was named to the Chicago Invitational Challenge All-Tournament Team. In his 100th career game, Little tallied his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 boards against Troy. Little had the game-winning basket at Akron and eight points. In the Toledo win he scored eight points and against Miami he had eight points and five boards. Little scored 11 points and hauled in six boards versus Fordham. In 10 home games this year, Little averages 8.6 points and is shooting .581 from the field.
CHARLES IN CHARGE
Nobody on the Flyers could be happier for conference play than Charles Little. In his last 35 games against Atlantic 10 competition, Little has averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 154-of-292, (.527) from the floor. Last season against the A-10, Little averaged 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting .527 from the field. In UD basketball history, Little is 53rd on the all-time scoring list with 836 career points. Little needs 39 points to reach Norm Grevey for 52nd.
THE WRIGHT STUFF
Displaying an NBA-like level of athleticism, Chris Wright looks to lead the Flyers back to the postseason. The sophomore forward is a Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Second Team selection. Wright tied for a game-high 17 points in UD's win over Wofford. He came back to score a game-high 18 points and haul in seven rebounds over Delaware State. Wright recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 boards against Mercer. He added his second straight double-double with a career-best 14 rebounds and 10 points against Auburn. Wright then posted his third double-double in as many games with 13 points and 13 boards. At Akron, Wright led all scorers with 18 points. Wright then added 13 points and nine rebounds versus Coppin State. Against Marshall, Wright recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Wright scored a game-high 14 points versus Miami and tallied 13 points and nine rebounds at UMass. Battling flu-like symptoms, he recorded seven points without hitting a field goal and seven boards versus Fordham. The Flyers are 28-4 overall and 4-0 against ranked opponents with Wright in the lineup during his UD career.
FIGHT FOR YOUR WRIGHT
Last season Chris Wright earned a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie team even though he played just eight minutes in conference play. Wright was the fifth Dayton player to be selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Tony Stanley (1998), Brooks Hall (2000), Keith Waleskowski (2001) and Brian Roberts (2005) are the previous Flyer A-10 Rookies. He played eight minutes in conference action before fracturing a bone in his ankle that required surgery. Before that, he was chosen A-10 Rookie of the Week four times in the first six weeks of the season (the last player to do that was Jameer Nelson).
TAKING FLIGHT WITH WRIGHT
Sophomore Chris Wright leads the Flyers scoring (12.0), rebounding (6.8), field goals made (71), offensive rebounds (42), defensive rebounds (73) and double-doubles (4).
WRIGHT NAMED THE ATLANTIC 10 CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON DEC. 1
Chris Wright was named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 1 for his efforts after leading UD to a Chicago Invitational Challenge title. Wright averaged a double-double (12.0 ppg., 10.5 rpg.) and was named tournament Most Valuable Player. This was Wright's first A-10 Player of the Week Award. In the championship game against No. 15 Marquette, Wright had 13 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Over the previous three weeks, Marcus Johnson has been the most consistent scorer for UD with eight consecutive games in double figures. He has averaged 13.0 points while shooting .535 (38-71) FG and .407 (11-27) 3-pt. FG during that span. He tied for a game-high 17 points in a season-opening win over Wofford. Johnson then scored 15 of his team-high 16 points in the first half over Bethune-Cookman. He scored all 10 points against Mercer in the first half. Against Auburn he sank all eight free throw attempts with six of them in overtime en route to 16 points. Johnson added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor against Troy. Johnson came back to score 15 points versus Coppin State, tallied 10 points versus UNC Greensboro and scored 11 against Marshall. In the George Mason win he had 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He posted a season-high 21 points at Akron, hitting four 3-point attempts. Johnson added 12 points against Miami. At UMass, he recorded 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. He chipped in with 12 points against Fordham. The 6-3 guard has scored in double figures 30 times in his 81-game career, with 28 in his last 41 games. Johnson has also reached double figures in scoring 13 times this season, including the last eight.
MORE ON MJ
Quietly, Marcus Johnson has moved up the charts in UD basketball history ranking tied for 62nd on the all-time scoring list with 737 career points. He needs 17 points to reach Don Lane for 62nd. Overall, Johnson leads the team in 3-point shooting (.393) and minutes (28.8).
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Marcus Johnson has scored in double figures in his last eight games, but what's even more critical to UD's success is his defense. He has guarded the opposition's top scorer in all eight games. In the win over Miami, he held Redhawk wing Michael Bramos to six points, 13 points under his season's average.
BEING `KURT' TO THE OPPOSITION
As one of the most team-oriented players to wear a Flyer uniform, Kurt Huelsman looks to assert himself more on both ends of the floor. Huelsman opened the 2008-09 campaign with five points, five rebounds and a steal versus Wofford. He came back to snag seven rebounds in a victory against Delaware State. Huelsman added a team-high seven boards over Bethune-Cookman. He tallied eight rebounds and three blocks versus Auburn. Huelsman came back with eight points versus No. 15 Marquette. At Akron, he had four points and four boards. Huelsman shot 3-of-3 from the floor at Creighton. Huelsman had five rebounds versus UNC Greensboro. He had four points, four rebounds and three blocks versus Marshall. Against George Mason, Huelsman tied his career-high with four blocks and added eight points and seven rebounds. At Toledo, he had six points and seven rebounds. He scored seven points in the win over Fordham. Huelsman is tied for third on the team in rebounding (4.2) and tied for the team lead with 17 blocks.
THE IRON MAN
As a freshman Kurt Huelsman was the only player to start every game during the 2006-07 season. He started all 34 games in 2007-08 and the first 17 in 2008-09. Huelsman is tied for the longest active streak of consecutive starts in the Atlantic 10 Conference with 82 games.
Known as a strong outside shooter, team-first player and a quality individual, Mickey Perry is building upon a promising sophomore season. Perry was flawless against Bethune-Cookman knocking down both three-point attempts. Perry knocked down 3-of-4 shots versus No. 15 Marquette. Perry scored 10 points against Troy. Perry then tallied 10 points and a career-best three steals at Creighton. He had five points and three assists at UMass. The Flyers are 13-3 when Perry knocks down a three-pointer in his career.
THE JACKSONVILLE JET
Known as the "Jacksonville Jet," London Warren is an explosive point guard who has outstanding quickness on the offensive and defensive ends. Last season Warren earned the Flyers' Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the team with 45 steals. Warren opened the 2008-09 season with three points, four assists and a steal in the season opener over Wofford. He followed up with four points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in a win over Delaware State. He dished out six assists and had three steals over Mercer. Against Bethune-Cookman, Warren had five assists to only one turnover. In the triumph over No. 15 Marquette, Warren added seven points and two assists. Warren came back with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and six assists versus Troy. Warren recorded a season-high seven rebounds and dished out six assists versus Coppin State. Warren had five points and five rebounds versus Marshall. At Toledo, Warren was flawless with eight assists and zero turnovers to go with 11 points and three steals. He had five points and five assists at UMass.
London Warren's defense has certainly provided a spark for the Flyers. Warren has at least one steal in every game but one this season. Warren leads UD in steals (27) and assists (62). Warren is only one steal shy from 100 in his Flyer career.
BIG SHOT ROB
Junior Rob Lowery has quickly made a name for himself as a clutch performer. In the 72-71 win over Fordham, Lowery drove the length of the floor for a basket with 5.4 seconds to go. In the win over No. 15 Marquette, Lowery scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor. With UD protecting a two-point lead, Lowery, who missed his first five shots, drilled a 15-foot field goal with 48 seconds to go to push the lead back to four and swished two free throws with 15 ticks left to seal the decision versus Wofford. He tied for the team-high with 13 points and had the steal and dunk that tied the game, the assist on the go-ahead three-pointer and the free throw that made it a two-possession game against George Mason. Against Delaware State, he had nine points, four steals and three assists. Lowery posted a team-high 15 points at Creighton. Against UNC Greensboro, he added seven points. In the win at Toledo, Lowery scored 13 points. He had six points, three rebounds and three assists at UMass. Lowery is averaging 5.9 points a game at home, but more away from UD Arena (9.8).
COOL HAND LUKE
Although it didn't show up on the box score, freshman Luke Fabrizius had a memorable Flyer debut. His mom, Julie Fabrizius, is a breast cancer survivor for five years and, thanks to her son, she was honored at halftime of the Flyers' home opener against Wofford. It was a part of UD and National City teamming up to fight breast cancer with the "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign. He converted his first collegiate field goal against Delaware State with a 3-pointer. Fabrizius hitting 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc en route to nine points against Bethune-Cookman. He then connected on three 3-pointers to finish with nine points and four rebounds against Mercer. Fabrizius then had eight points against Troy. Fabrizius came back with six points, two rebounds and two blocks in the win over Coppin State. He reached double-figures for the first time with 10 points against UNC Greensboro. Fabrizius tallied a 3-pointer versus George Mason and one against Miami. At UMass, he had six points and two rebounds. Against Fordham, he had three points and two assists.
Freshman Chris Johnson has a knack for knowing where the ball will come off the glass, particularly on the offensive end. He is tied for team honors with 42 offensive rebounds, even though he plays almost 10 minutes a game less than the teammate he is tied with, Chris Wright. He nailed the go-ahead shot on a three-pointer with 1:05 to go against George Mason. Johnson recorded his first career double-double adding 12 points and 11 rebounds versus No. 15 Marquette. In the Coppin State win Johnson led UD with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He was just short of a double-double with 12 points and eight boards versus UNC Greensboro. Against Delaware State, he had eight points and five rebounds while hitting 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc. Johnson scored in double-figures for the first time in a UD uniform with 14 points over Bethune-Cookman. Johnson then came up with eight points and eight rebounds versus Mercer. At Akron, Johnson connected on 4-of-5 free throws, including two technical shots, to help seal the win. At Toledo, he had seven rebounds and five points. In the Miami win he snagged a team-high seven rebounds. Against Fordham, he had nine points and eight rebounds. For the year Johnson is the team's second-leading rebounder even though he averages 16.9 minutes a game.
DIAL IN WITH DEVIN
Devin Searcy has been one of the most pleasant surprises this year for UD. Searcy leads UD in field goal percentage (.541). Against Wofford, Searcy recorded two rebounds and two assists. The two assists against Wofford equaled his total from all of last year. Searcy broke free with eight points and three rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting against Bethune-Cookman. Searcy had three points and an assist in 12 minutes against Mercer. He chipped in with six points and four rebounds in a win over Auburn. Searcy had four rebounds and two blocks versus No. 15 Marquette. In the Troy win, Searcy had five rebounds and another five at Akron. He followed that up with four rebounds at Creighton. He was 2-for-2 apiece against UNC Greensboro, Marshall and George Mason. At Toledo, Searcy had six points after hitting all four free-throw attempts. He added five rebounds in the win over Miami and four points at UMass. In the Fordham win, Searcy had four points and five rebounds.
A heady player with a classic Hoosier-guard game, Stephen Thomas is a quick, shifty point guard. He enjoyed one of his best games with four points, four rebounds and numerous hustle plays against Marshall. Against Delaware State he had four points and three rebounds in the Flyer victory. He recorded his first career block and a career-high five rebounds against Bethune-Cookman. Against Auburn, Thomas netted a career-high eight points. He came back and recorded five points and a steal versus No. 15 Marquette. At Akron, Thomas tallied six points, two rebounds and two steals. He had a 3-pointer and an assist versus Miami. In seven minutes of play, Thomas tallied four points versus Fordham.
Freshman Paul Williams, one of the top prep recruits out of Michigan, brings a reputation as a clutch shooter and lockdown defender to the Flyer backcourt. Williams is a Preseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection. He added two rebounds against Delaware State and one versus No. 15 Marquette. Williams broke out in a big way with three 3-pointers to finish with nine points against Troy. He then added four points and three boards versus Coppin State. Against George Mason, he had two points, two boards and a steal. At Toledo, he had two rebounds and a steal. He had four rebounds versus Miami.
GIVEN THE COLD SHOULDER
Freshman Josh Benson, the second in a line of highly-anticipated local talents, will be out 3-to-6 months following shoulder surgery performed on Nov. 3. The 6-foot-10 big man was an ESPN Top 150 recruit where he averaged of 18.9 points, 11 boards and four blocks during his senior year. Benson has been cleared to do lower body conditioning.
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
Head coach Brian Gregory has enjoyed success in the month of January going 25-16 (.610) in six seasons. Dayton is 3-1 this year in the month of January.
EYE 75 ON THE SCOREBOARD
The Flyers are 34-4 under head coach Brian Gregory when they score at least 75 points.
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS
UD is third in the Atlantic 10 in rebound margin at plus 6.8. Against Mercer, a team that had upset Alabama and Auburn by pounding the boards, the Flyers out-boarded Mercer 48-31. UD followed that up corralling 60 rebounds in an overtime win over Auburn. UD then held a 44-33 advantage on the glass against Coppin State thanks in part to 17 on the offensive end. Dayton then out-rebounded Marshall 42-32, George Mason 42-29 and Miami 38-30. The Flyers held a 44-33 edge against Fordham. Since being out-rebounded by a much smaller Wofford squad in the opener, UD has gotten at least ten more rebounds than 10 of its last 16 opponents.
STEAL OF A DEAL
Dayton's 6.9 steals per game is the best in 17 years and on pace right now to have the fourth-best steal-per-game average in school history. Six different Flyers had a steal in the season opener against Wofford. Dayton followed that with seven different players tallying a steal over Delaware State. In the Bethune-Cookman game, Dayton had eight steals. Dayton had four steals over Mercer and eight versus Auburn. UD tallied six swipes against No. 15 Marquette. At Akron the Flyers had 11 steals and at Creighton UD tallied seven swipes. UD added nine steals against UNC Greensboro, eight at Toledo and had 10 versus UMass.
TAKE IT AWAY
One of the most interesting defensive statistics this season is the Flyers forcing as many turnovers as made field goals by its opponent seven times this season. Dayton leads the Atlantic 10 with 277 forced turnovers and ranks second in turnover margin at plus-2.8.
FLYERS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN A-10 POLL
After a 23-11 season in 2007-08, the Dayton Flyers were picked to finish third in the league according to a poll of the Atlantic 10's head coaches and media. Xavier was the preseason favorite, with 44 of the 61 first-place votes. Temple garnered 12 first-place votes and placed second in the preseason poll. Dayton garnered three first-place votes and was tabbed third. Saint Joseph's was fourth, while Charlotte earned a pair of first-place votes and was fifth. Massachusetts was selected sixth in the poll followed by Saint Louis, Richmond, Rhode Island, La Salle, George Washington, Duquesne, Fordham and St. Bonaventure.
UD AMONG THE BEST IN NCAA ATTENDANCE
The University of Dayton finished in the Top 30 in men's basketball attendance for the 11th straight season in 2007-08. The Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in attendance for the 12th straight season (12,801). UD averaged more than 2,400 fans a game better than any other team in the conference.
UD's non-conference schedule features two top 25 teams from the Associated Press Poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. The Flyers will play No. 15/16 Xavier in February and March and defeated No. 14 Marquette in November. Dayton received 14 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
According to RealTime RPI, the Atlantic 10 ranks 4th among Division I conferences in strength of schedule. A-10 teams have already faced 18 ranked opponents thru Jan. 11. A-10 teams have amassed 15 wins over BCS conference teams thus far, the most of any non-BCS league and good for 4th nationally.
WANT THE GOOD NEWS, OR THE BAD NEWS?
The bad news was that UD set an NCAA record in the Auburn game with 24 three-point attempts without a make. The good news was that UD won, relying on defense, rebounding and clutch free throw shooting. The bad news early in that game was that the Flyers made just 5-of-16 free throw attempts in the first 32 minutes of the contest, but finished with 15 straight made free throws, including 7-for-7 in overtime.
The odds a team that was making 39.5 percent of its three-pointers going 0-for-24 in a game are six-in-one-million, according to Texas Tech professor Dr. Alan Reifman.
FLYERS SIGN KAVANAUGH TO 2008 CLASS
With only one scholarship available, University of Dayton men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff landed their third top local product in as many years when Centerville High School star Matt Kavanaugh signed his letter of intent to attend UD and play basketball for the Flyers. As the newest official member of the Flyers family, the 6-foot-9, 225 pound power forward, follows in the footsteps two other local standouts who will be his teammates in 2009-10. Chris Wright of Trotwood-Madison High School was the first as he signed with the Flyers in November of 2006. Dayton Dunbar graduate Josh Benson followed Wright and signed with UD last year.
GREGORY A PART OF OPERATION HARDWOOD
After the 2007-08 season, coach Brian Gregory was selected as one of eight college basketball coaches to travel to the Persian Gulf and visit troops as part of the fifth installment of "Operation Hardwood," a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. The tour featured a week-long basketball tournament and championship game with some of the best military players stationed overseas. Joining Gregory on the tour were Fran Fraschilla (ESPN Basketball Analyst and former St. John's head coach), Jeff Jones (American), Reggie Minton (National Association of Basketball Coaches Deputy Director and former Air Force head coach), Tom Pecora (Hofstra), Barry Rohrssen (Manhattan), Tom Schuberth (Texas-Pan American) and Jerry Wainwright (DePaul). Among the coaches and basketball figures who have participated in previous tours are Jay Bilas, Mike Brey, Bobby Cremins, Karl Hobbs, Tom Izzo, Bobby Lutz, Dave Odom, the late Skip Prosser, Tubby Smith and Gary Williams.
Dayton coach Brian Gregory became just the fourth coach in Flyer basketball history to record 100 career victories. Gregory joined Don Donoher, Tom Blackburn and Oliver Purnell as the only Dayton coaches to reach the 100-win plateau. Gregory reached 100 wins faster than any Dayton coach except the two icons of Flyer basketball: Donoher and Blackburn.
WELCOME TO FLIGHT CLUB
Dayton had five dunks in the Fordham win, bringing its season total to 54. That's just seven shy of the school single-season record of 61 set in 33 games in 2003-04. Dayton had a program-record nine against UNC Greensboro. In the Wofford contest Chris Wright had two slams and Marcus Johnson dunked in one. Then against Delaware State, Wright had four dunks including one where Mickey Perry threw it off the backboard. Three Flyers, Charles Little, Chris Johnson and Devin Searcy, each had a dunk over Bethune-Cookman. Wright added three dunks and Little with one against Mercer. At Akron, Wright had four of the Flyers' five slams. The Johnsons (Chris and Marcus) had two apiece in the Coppin State win. UD had four slams against George Mason and hammered home five at UMass. Wright leads UD with 21 dunks.
Dayton has the 13th-longest home winning streak in the NCAA and the best in the Atlantic 10, winning 13 consecutive games at UD Arena dating back to last season.
HOT, HOT, HOT
UD has won its last 28 non-conference home games. Included are games against members of the Big East, Conference USA, Mid-American and Missouri Valley conferences.
NATIONAL CITY'S "THINK PINK" PROGRAM WITH UD A SUCCESS
The Flyers and National City teammed up to honor breast cancer survivors during an on-court ceremony at halftime of the Wofford game. The 10 survivors, including Luke Fabrizius' mom Julie and UD women's tennis coach Linda O'Keefe, were chosen from more than 200 nominees. Both coaching staffs wore matching pink ties to show support for the fight against breast cancer. The activities were a part of National City's "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign, featuring UD coach Brian Gregory.
FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET
Dayton has had five different players lead the team in scoring this season - Chris Wright (seven), Marcus Johnson (five), Rob Lowery (four) Charles Little (twice) and Chris Johnson (once). In rebounding, five players have taken honors in at least one game - Wright (seven), Chris Johnson (six) Kurt Huelsman (four), Little (twice) and Devin Searcy (once). (Note: scoring and rebounding numbers add up to more than 17 due to games where more than one player tied for the team-high).
Through Jan. 12, the Flyers rank third in the NCAA in field goal defense (.366), seventh in scoring defense (57.3) and 14th in winning percentage (.882). In fact the Flyers were .0003 away from leading the nation in field goal defense.
Dayton has won 15 of its first 17 games for just the sixth time in school history. Brian Gregory matches the legendary Tom Blackburn as the only coach to do it twice at UD.
THAT'S A CATCH-22
UD has held opponents to 22 points or less in a half nine times during the 2008-09 campaign. Last year the Flyers accomplished that feat six times.
UD is the only top team playing 12 players at least 8.0 minutes a game, and one of the products of that is simply wearing down the opposition down the stretch. In the George Mason win, UD out-scored the Patriots 11-2 in the last 4:41 of the game. In the Miami game, UD out-scored the Redhawks 10-4 over the last 4:31. Against Marshall, UD held the Thundering Herd scoreless for exactly nine minutes late in the second half. In the last five minutes of the game, Dayton is holding its opponents to just .317 (39-123) from the field and .231 (12-52) from three.
DANCE TO THE MUSIC
Dance is well known as a beautiful art form. Dancers will attest to the physical demands of the profession. But dancers are not the only ones doing ballet. Many athletes use dance and ballet to cross-train and improve their physical skills. Two Flyers can attest to that as Charles Little took a ballet class during the first semester while Chris Wright studied tap dance.
SPREADING THE WEALTH AROUND
The Flyers eight seven players who are averaging four points or more and 12 who play eight minutes or more this season. One other Atlantic 10 team has 11 players who play eight minutes or more. The Flyers force an average of 16.3 turnovers per game. UD ranks second in the A-10 in scoring margin at plus 10.0.
ON CLOUD NINE
With the win against Coppin State, the 2008-09 Dayton Flyers put themselves in elite company. In the 101 seasons of UD basketball only 19 teams have started off the season winning nine of its first 10 games. Three of the 19 have come during the Brian Gregory era.
In recent years the Flyers have proved they can handle the big-name programs. The Flyers are 5-2 in the last three years against BCS programs and have won three consecutive games against Big East opponents.
HOME SWEET HOME
Dayton's 11-0 start at UD Arena has mirrored previous team success. Last year the Flyers' started off the 2007-08 campaign 10-0 at home. It was the second consecutive season UD won its first 10 games of the season on Tom Blackburn Court. Dayton finished with a 15-3 home record in 2007-08 that included victories over NCAA Tournament teams Pittsburgh, Saint Joseph's, Temple, American and Coppin State. The Flyers have a home all-time winning percentage of .777 (742-213).
THE FLYER FAITHFUL
For years, UD has claimed it has had the best fans in the nation. In 2001, The Sporting News conducted an unscientific poll of college basketball coaches, media and SIDs. In the Jan. 8, 2001 issue of the magazine, UD's fans were tabbed as college basketball's best. And they prove it to everyone the Flyers play. In 2007-08 UD had the second-best average home attendance in school history (12,801). UD Arena has 85 sellouts in its 38-year history and seven in 2007-08. The record for sellouts is eight held in the Arena's first season 1969-70. UD's last 145 regular season home games have had attendance of at least 11,000 fans. In the last 14 years, 99% of UD's home games have drawn at least 10,000 (383 of 386), including the last 182 regular season games.
UD AMONG THE BEST IN NCAA ATTENDANCE
The University of Dayton finished in the Top 30 in men's basketball attendance for the 11th straight season in 2007-08. The Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in attendance for the 12th straight season. UD averaged more than 2,400 fans a game better than any other team in the conference.
The NCAA Division I Tournament will make its start at UD Arena for the eighth year in a row as the University of Dayton Arena hosts the NCAA Opening Round Game in 2009. In addition, the Arena will be a First and Second Round site for the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, and a regional site for the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. UD has hosted the Opening Round game since its inception in its current form in 2002. When the 2009 NCAA Tournament is over, UD Arena will have been an NCAA site in 23 of the last 40 years and will have hosted 84 NCAA Tournament games. That will make UD Arena the most prolific NCAA Tournament venue ahead of Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City (83) and the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City (81).
DAYTON AMONG TOP 10 IN NCAA GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE
The University of Dayton's 96 percent Graduation Success Rate leads the Atlantic 10 Conference and ties it for 10th in the NCAA. In addition, this year's GSR Report shows that UD graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes that participated in women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country/track & field, men's golf, women's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball. In addition to the ten programs listed above, the football program had a GSR of 95 followed closely by men's soccer (93), baseball (92), softball (92) and men's basketball (89). The UD's men's basketball team's GSR was the best in the A-10.
DID YOU KNOW?
UD won more games than any other school in both the 1950s and `60s. UD won 435 games between 1950 and 1969 and ranks among the top teams of the 1950s and 1960s in Division I history. The Flyers' .763 (228-71) winning percentage in the 1950s ranks fifth in the decade. Their .729 (207-77) winning percentage ranks eighth in the 1960s.