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FLYERS WRAP UP A TWO-GAME ROAD SWING AT RHODE ISLAND ON WEDNESDAY
Winners of two straight, the University of Dayton Flyers wrap up their two-game road swing versus the Rhode Island Rams on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised locally on WHIO, carried by WHIO Radio and available with live video, stats on Gametracker and streaming audio at www.DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton,17-7 overall and 5-4 in the Atlantic 10, has won two in a row. UD has shot the ball better from the field, connecting at a .434 clip in its last six games. Chris Wright, Dayton’s all-time leader in blocked shots, is coming off a 27-point, six-block performance at La Salle. Wright is Dayton’s leader in scoring (13.7 ppg), rebounding (8.7 rpg), steals (24) and blocks (35). Josh Parker in his last five games has been on fire averaging 12.2 points and shooting .472 from 3-point range (17-36). Chris Johnson continues to be Mr. Consistency with 15 of his last 16 games scoring in double figures.
ABOUT RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island enters the game 14-9 overall and 5-4 as well in the Atlantic 10. The Rams are 8-2 at home this season, but have split their last four games at the Ryan Center. Delroy James is the only player in the Atlantic 10 to rank in the Top 10 in scoring (7th, 18.0 ppg), rebounding (8th, 7.6 rpg) and steals (8th, 1.5 spg). Nikola Malesevic leads the conference in 3-point shooting converting 42-of-84 shots. This season, Rhode Island is 7-4 in games decided by less than 10 points and 5-1 in games decided by five points or less.
Dayton leads all-time series 12-9 but Rhode Island has won three straight and five of the last six contests. Last year the Flyers lost 65-64 at UD Arena, ending UD’s 30-game homecourt winning streak.
According to CollegeRPI.com, Dayton’s RPI is 64. UD has five victories over Top 100 RPI opponents with wins over Ole Miss, New Mexico, George Mason, Seton Hall and Miami Ohio.
RESILIENCE AND BRILLIANCE
Eight of Dayton’s 17 victories this season have come after the Flyers trailed at halftime. UD has also won three of its last four games after trailing at the half.
YA GOTTA HAVE HEART
Two of the top 10 comebacks from halftime in Flyer history have come this year. UD rallied from 14 down at Seton Hall and 13 at Ole Miss. The other eight all occurred in separate seasons.
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
In addition to the Seton Hall and Ole Miss comebacks, Dayton rallied from nine down versus Central Connecticut State and 12 back versus New Mexico.
DEFEND, REBOUND & RUN
The big difference in UD’s success comes from defense and rebounding. In the Flyers’ 17 victories, their defense limits teams to shoot just .396 from the field, and UD out-rebounds opponents by a plus-7.8 margin. In the seven losses, opponents average 71.4 points, are out-rebounding Dayton by 3.4 and shooting .435 from the floor. UD is 11-5 when it has more fast break points than its opponent. UD holds a 334-239 advantage this season in fast break points.
THE HIT LIST
Chris Wright continues to post memorable performances in conference play. At La Salle, Wright scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and had a career-best six blocks. At Saint Louis, he posted 14 points and 14 rebounds. Wright led UD with 14 points and 10 boards versus Saint Joseph’s. At Xavier, Wright tallied 10 points,10 boards and matched his career best with five assists. He led UD with 22 points and eight rebounds versus Richmond. Wright had nine points and 10 rebounds at Duquesne. He added 11 points with nine in the second half versus St. Bonaventure.
THE HIT LIST CONTINUED
In non-conference action, Chris Wright’s signature achievement came in the win against New Mexico with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Wright matched his career-best with 30 points against Western Carolina. He tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards against Mount St. Mary’s. Wright added 23 points and 12 rebounds versus Akron. Wright had 13 points and 15 boards versus ETSU. Against Miami he recorded game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. At ODU, Wright had a career-best four steals to go with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Against Seton Hall and George Mason, Wright had 13 points and nine rebounds.
NAISMITH TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST ADDS DAYTON’S WRIGHT
Chris Wright was named to the 2010-11 Preseason Naismith Trophy watch list for the second consecutive season. Wright was one of three players named to the Naismith watch list from the Atlantic 10.
DAYTON’S CHRIS WRIGHT NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON TOP 50 LIST
Chris Wright was one of the top college basketball players named to the John Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. This is the third straight year Dayton has had a player on the Wooden List. Brian Roberts was on the 2008 Midseason Top 30 List, and Wright was also on last year’s Preseason List. The Trotwood, Ohio native is 21st in career scoring at UD with 1,455 points in 111 games. Named First Team All-Atlantic 10 last year, Wright is averaging 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season. His 8.7 rebounds per game ranks third in the A-10 and 57th in the NCAA.
WRIGHT NOMINATED FOR LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Chris Wright was one of 30 men’s basketball players who have been listed on the official candidate list for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award, presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports, focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. Wright is the second Flyer named to the Lowe’s Senior CLASS candidate list. Brian Roberts earned the honor in 2007.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
Chris Wright is one of nine college basketball players who appeared on the preseason Lowe’s Senior CLASS, Naismith and Wooden Watch Lists. Joining CW are Kevin Anderson (Richmond), Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Jeremy Hazell (Seton Hall), Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), E’Twaun Moore (Purdue), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State) and Kyle Singler (Duke).
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS
Chris Wright is currently 12th on UD’s all-time list in rebounding. He needs 12 boards to catch Anthony Corbitt with 814.
HELLO MR. EVERYTHING
Chris Wright is not only a senior captain, but a leader in key statistical figures this season. He leads Dayton in points (13.7), rebounds (8.7), blocks (35), field goals made (124), free throws made (75), steals (24), dunks (33) and double-doubles (9).
BETTER MAKE THE WRIGHT DECISION
Chris Wright became Dayton’s career leader in blocked shots with 146, passing Sean Finn. Wright has at least one block in 12 straight games. Wright’s career average of 1.2 blocks per game ranks first on UD’s all-time list.
A CAREER DAY
Chris Wright’s six blocks at La Salle tied the UD single-game record held by George Morrison, Erv Giddings and Sean Finn. Wright also holds UD’s single-season record for blocks, with 53 during the 2009-10 season. He ranks 10th in the A-10 with 1.5 blocks per game this season.
Dating back to last year, Chris Wright has a block in 28 of his last 33 games. He leads Dayton with 35 rejections.
PRICE IS WRIGHT
Senior Chris Wright earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Preseason First Team for the second straight season. This year Wright has raised his level of play against A-10 opponents averaging 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and shooting .500 from the field.
Chris Wright leads UD with 18 double-figure scoring games. UD is 14-4 this year when he has 10-plus points.
WRIGHT’S ALL-ATLANTIC 10 ACCOLADES
Chris Wright earned a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2009-10. A preseason nominee last year for both the Wooden and Naismith awards, Wright led Dayton in scoring (13.7 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), minutes per game (28.6) and dunks (a school-record 68). Wright is the fifth player in UD history to earn a First Team selection and the first underclassman.
WRIGHT TO KNOW
The Dayton Flyers are 83-28 overall, 57-4 at home and 6-6 against ranked opponents with Chris Wright in the lineup during his UD career. In fact, he is 77-4 at home over his last four-and-a-half years of organized basketball in high school and college.
After 111 games in a Flyer uniform, Chris Wright is Dayton’s all-time dunk leader with 166 career dunks. His 68 slams in 2009-10 topped his own school record of 54 set in 2008-09. This year he had a season-best five at La Salle, three against Akron and two at Ole Miss. Wright flushed three down versus Western Carolina. Wright had three slams, including an ESPN Top Play dunk versus New Mexico. Wright had two slams versus Richmond and two versus St. Bonaventure.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN
Chris Wright leads Dayton and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 this season with nine double-doubles. Wright possesses 28 career double-doubles, despite missing half of his freshman season with a broken ankle.
WRIGHT NAMED A-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dayton’s Chris Wright earned the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week award on Jan. 3, 2011. Wright averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds.
CHRIS & CHRIS
In the previous three seasons, Chris Wright and Chris Johnson have formulated a winning one-two punch. When the duo is out on the court, Dayton has won 72 percent of its games (68-26).
Chris Johnson has scored in double-figures in 15 of his last 16 contests and ranks second on UD with 17 games with 10-plus points. He leads the team minutes (30.0) and ranks second in scoring (12.3 ppg), offensive rebounds (53) and free throw percentage (61-72, .847). CJ also ranks second the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage.
CHRIS CROSSING THE CHARTS
Chris Johnson is quickly moving up the charts in the program’s history. CJ is 49th on Dayton’s all-time scoring list with 937 career points. He needs four points to reach Bucky Bockhorn for 48th. Johnson also needs nine three-pointers to reach Coby Turner for ninth on UD’s all-time list.
WARM IT UP CHRIS
Chris Johnson is building off a breakout sophomore season. At Ole Miss he had game highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Johnson scored 15 points against East Tennessee State. CJ recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Central Connecticut State. He had 24 points and nine rebounds at Old Dominion. Johnson tallied 15 points against Western Carolina. He recorded 16 points and eight rebounds versus Winthrop. At Seton Hall, CJ had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson led UD with 18 points versus George Mason. He recorded 15 points and seven rebounds against New Mexico. At Saint Louis, he had 13 points and six rebounds. He tallied 10 points and three blocks at UMass. Johnson scored 13 and dished out four assists versus St. Joe’s. CJ scored 16 at Xavier. Against Fordham, Johnson tallied 12 points and a career-high five assists. Johnson led UD with 13 points at Duquesne and had 14 points versus St. Bonaventure. Battling an upper-respiratory infection, Johnson scored 12 at La Salle.
CJ NAMED TO PRESEASON A-10 THIRD TEAM
Chris Johnson earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Preseason Third Team. CJ was the 2010 NIT Most Valuable Player. After a slow start to the season, Johnson in his last 16 games averages 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting .432 from the floor and hitting 47-of-54 free throws.
JOHNSON NAMED THE 2010 ATLANTIC 10 CHRIS DANIELS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Chris Johnson earned the 2010 Atlantic 10 Chris Daniels Most Improved Player award. Last year, Johnson led the team in FT% (.848, 84-99) and was 2nd in scoring (11.9) and rebounding (6.9). In 2008-09, he averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Johnson is the first player in A-10 history named the Most Improved Player after being named to the All-Rookie Team.
COLOSSAL IN THE CONFERENCE
Chris Johnson ranks second on the team in A-10 scoring with 12.3 points per game. His conference average is slightly below the 12.4 he put up in non-conference action. CJ is shooting .432 from the field versus A-10 opponents compared to .399.
STATEN DOIN’ GREAT IN DAYTON
Flyer freshman point guard Juwan Staten’s 6.4 assists a game not only leads the Atlantic 10, but also is the top mark among freshmen in the country. The top five freshman assist leaders are Staten (10th, 6.4), Brown’s Sean McGonagill (5.1, 48th), Ray McCallum (4.8, 62nd), Vermont’s Brian Voelkel (68th, 4.8) and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (77th, 4.6). Staten was the first Flyer freshman to start a season-opener at point guard since Edwin Young in 1996. Staten’s point-assist double-double against Florida A&M was the first at UD since Ramod Marshall had 17 and 10 against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 4, 2004. He has dished out 10 or more assists twice this season - (Florida A&M & Fordham).
STATEN A FOUR-TIME A-10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AWARD WINNER
Juwan Staten was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 16, 2011 for the fourth time this season, leading all rookies in the conference. He earned the award previously on Dec. 27, 2010, Dec. 6, 2010 and Nov. 22, 2010. Staten’s four Rookie of the Week awards are the most by a Flyer since Chris Wright’s four.
THIS DIAPER DANDY DELIVERS
Juwan Staten set UD’s all-time freshman record for assists eclipsing the 128 dished out by Negele Knight. He needs seven assists to tie London Warren for the 10th-best Flyer single-season mark. Staten’s 22 starts are the most by a UD freshman point guard since Josh Postorino’s 22 in 1994-95. The most starts by a freshman point at Dayton is 29 by Johnny Davis in 1973-74. Staten leads the A-10 in assists per game (6.4) and is third assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).
STATEN THE OBVIOUS
Juwan Staten is among the leading candidates for Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. Against Florida A&M, Staten had his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. He had eight assists in the win over Mount St. Mary’s. Staten matched that eight-assist effort with another one at Ole Miss. Staten led UD with nine points and four assists at Cincinnati. He then added 14 points and five assists against ETSU. He tallied 12 points and eight assists in the win over Miami. Staten recorded seven points and seven assists at Old Dominion. Staten scored nine at Seton Hall. He had 16 points versus George Mason. Staten had an ESPN Top Play dunk to go with seven points and six assists versus New Mexico. He had eight points and eight assists at Saint Louis. Staten tallied 10 points and seven assists at UMass. Staten led Dayton with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor at Xavier. Against Fordham, Staten dished out 10 assists with only one turnover. Despite being violently ill overnight, requiring IV fluids to rehydrate and not taking part in pre-game warmups, Staten played 21 minutes and had four assists versus Richmond. He had six assists at Duquesne. Staten tallied nine points and six assists versus St. Bonaventure and six points and five assists at La Salle.
STATEN ON COUSY AWARD CANDIDATE LIST
Juwan Staten was one of 66 college basketball players, and one of just five freshmen, on the 2011 Bob Cousy Award candidate list. The annual award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes college basketball’s top point guard. 66 players were nominated for the 2011 award. Staten is also one of five freshmen on the candidate list. That includes Duke’s Kyrie Iriving, South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington, Kentucky’s Brandon Knight and Missouri’s Phil Pressey.
DIAL IN WITH DEVIN
Senior forward Devin Searcy looks to close his Flyer career on a high note. He opened the season with his first career double-double, tallying 15 points and 12 rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s. Searcy added his second double-double in as many games with 10 points and 11 boards versus Akron. At Ole Miss, Searcy scored nine points going 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. He shot 5-of-5 from the floor en route to 10 points against Miami. Searcy tallied eight points and seven rebounds against Central Connecticut State. He hauled in 10 rebounds versus Winthrop. Searcy added six boards at Saint Louis. He set a career high with five assists versus Saint Joseph’s. Searcy added nine points and six boards on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor versus Fordham. Searcy had five points and six boards against Richmond.
After not having a double-double in his first 94 career games, senior Devin Searcy has had two this season. Searcy leads Dayton in free throw percentage (18-of-21, .857) and ranks third in offensive rebounds (44) and overall rebounding (4.2).
THAT’S SOME WILL-POWER
Paul Williams leads the team in three-point shooting (39-91, .429). He is third for UD in 3-pointers made (39) and free throw percentage (37-48, .71). He is also seventh in the A-10 in 3-pt. field goal percentage.
Paul Williams has come alive on the offensive end scoring in double figures 10 times this season, including five of his last 10 games. He opened this year with 14-points against Mount St. Mary’s. He added 15 points against Savannah State. Williams had a career-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc at Old Dominion. Williams then scored 16 on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc against New Mexico. Williams scored 12 points at Saint Louis and at UMass. He scored 10 at Xavier. Against Richmond, Williams scored nine. Williams added 11 points at Duquesne. He had six points and six boards at La Salle.
Paul Williams plays his best against the big-name opponents. Last year Williams added 16 points against North Carolina in the NIT Championship. At the Puerto Rico Tipoff, Williams hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the win over Georgia Tech and scored 10 versus Kansas State. This season, Williams shot 5-of-6 from beyond the arc to finish with 17 points at Old Dominion. Williams scored 16 on 4-of-6 shooting against New Mexico. He recorded 10 points at Xavier.
LONG DISTANCE CALL
With eight three-pointers against Fordham, Josh Parker was one away from matching the UD all-time record. Parker connected on 8-of-14 shots from beyond the arc and led the Flyers with 27 points. Against A-10 opponents this season, Parker is shooting .380 from beyond the arc (19-of-50).
Josh Parker is UD’s version of Vinnie “the Microwave” Johnson with his ability to score points in a hurry off the bench. Aside from Fordham, his biggest performance came against New Mexico with 10 of his 16 points in the first half. He scored 18 points at Ole Miss. In the Florida A&M win, Parker led all scorers with 18 points. He dished out five assists with zero turnovers against East Tennessee State. Parker then had six assists versus Miami. In his first career start, Parker added 16 points and eight assists against CCSU. He had nine points in 15 minutes versus Saint Joseph’s. At Xavier, Parker scored seven points. Parker had 11 points and five assists versus Richmond. He dished out five assists at Duquesne. Parker scored 12 at La Salle, hitting three 3-pointers.
COOL HAND LUKE
Luke Fabrizius, Dayton’s top 3-point shooter from last season, missed the first six games with a sprained ankle. Fabrizius opened his 2010-11 campaign with six points against East Tennessee State. After not hitting a field goal in his next four games, Fabrizius tallied seven points and three rebounds versus Winthrop. He hit three consecutive 3-pointers en route to nine points versus George Mason. Fabrizius added two steals at Saint Louis. He sank two 3’s versus Saint Joseph’s.
BOOM BOOM BENSON
Josh Benson has started the last two games and been a factor. At Ole Miss he scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting with five rebounds. He followed that up with eight points versus Savannah State. Benson added six points and a game-high nine rebounds at Cincinnati. He then tallied eight rebounds against ETSU. He netted a career-high 11 points at Xavier on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Benson followed that up with 10 points and eight rebounds against Fordham. He had seven points against Richmond. Benson had 10 points and four rebounds at Duquesne. In his first career start, Benson had nine points and six rebounds in the SBU win. He tallied nine points and six rebounds at La Salle. Benson is 26-of-39 (.667) from the floor in his previous five contests and averaging 9.3 points per game.
To say Matt Kavanaugh had a terrific performance against Seton Hall would be the understatement of the season. After scoring 11 points in his first 11 games, Kavanaugh recorded career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds. His previous career best in scoring was two points. In other action this season, he tallied five rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s. Kavanaugh matched that total with five more boards versus Western Carolina. He had five boards versus New Mexico. Kavanaugh added five points and six rebounds at Xavier. He added six more rebounds in the victory against Fordham. Kavanaugh snagged four rebounds versus Richmond. He had a solid performance with six points and seven boards versus St. Bonaventure. Kavanaugh had four points and four rebounds at La Salle.
NO BS WITH SPEARMAN
Brandon Spearman plays with energy on both ends of the floor. In his first career start, Spearman scored eight points and dished out three assists against Fordham. His breakout game came against Akron with seven points in 12 minutes. Spearman provided a big lift with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting versus Florida A&M. He had three points and four boards at Cincinnati. Spearman had four points, three rebounds and two assists versus Winthrop. He scored six points at Duquesne. He was 4-for-4 at the charity stripe at La Salle.
Devin Oliver consistently gets to the glass and provides energy off the bench. Oliver recorded eight rebounds at Cincinnati. He tallied two rebounds and a steal against Mount St. Mary’s. He then snagged five rebounds in eight minutes against Savannah State. Oliver had five points and three boards against Florida A&M. He then had eight points versus Winthrop. Oliver tallied four points and six rebounds against Fordham. He had four points on 2-of-2 shooting at Duquesne. Oliver scored four again on 2-of-2 shooting versus St. Bonaventure.
KING OF THE HILL
Ralph Hill had a strong opening performance, connecting on a three-pointer and adding two rebounds versus Mount St. Mary’s. He added two points and a rebound against Florida A&M, and corralled two rebounds at Cincinnati. He corralled a rebound versus Fordham and at Duquesne.
DILLARD TRANSFERS TO DAYTON
In May, coach Brian Gregory announced that Kevin Dillard, who was the 2008 Illinois Mr. Basketball award winner, transferred to UD from Southern Illinois. Dillard, a 6-0 guard who graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Chicago, will become eligible to play for the Flyers beginning with the 2011-12 season. Dillard averaged 12.3 points and 5.0 assists in 2009-10 for SIU. In 2008-09, he was named the Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year after leading SIU in scoring (12.2).
UD SIGNS LaDONTAE HENTON & PERCY GIBSON
Coach Brian Gregory announced the signing of two prospects from the state of Michigan to National Letters of Intent as 6-foot-8 forward Percy Gibson of Southeastern High School in Detroit, and 6-foot-6 forward LaDontae Henton of Lansing’s Eastern High School committed to UD. Gibson averaged 17.2 points and 11.0 rebounds last season for powerhouse Detroit Southeastern High School. Henton is a three-time All-Michigan Class A (big school) selection. He averaged 24.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals, and was the only junior named first team all-state in Class A.
EYE 75 ON THE SCOREBOARD
UD is 52-7 under Brian Gregory when scoring at least 75 points. The Flyers are 6-1 in 2010-11 when reaching 75 points. UD went 10-1 last year and is 22-3 the previous three seasons.
The Flyers have proved they can handle the big-name programs. Dayton is 12-5 in the last four years against BCS programs and won five of its last seven games against BIG EAST opponents.
LOCK IT UP
Dayton is 14-0 this season when leading with five minutes to play in regulation.
WELCOME TO FLIGHT CLUB
Dayton set a single-season record for dunks with 127 last season. This year Dayton has 56 dunks through 24 games. The season high is eight at La Salle. Chris Wright leads UD with 33 this season. Josh Benson has 10, Chris Johnson six, Devin Searcy four, Juwan Staten two and Devin Oliver one.
THIRD IS THE WORD
Dayton has hit at least one 3-point shot in 70 straight games.
KNOCK ‘EM DOWN
Dayton is 8-1 this season when shooting 70 percent or better at the free throw line.
THE ROUND MOUND OF REBOUND
Dayton leads the Atlantic 10 with 39.6 rebounds per game and ranks 18th in the NCAA. In the Mount St. Mary’s win, UD out-rebounded the Mount 54-31. The Flyers then followed that up with a 42-27 advantage over Akron and a 51-35 edge at Ole Miss. In the Winthrop win, UD held a 46-28 advantage on the glass. At Seton Hall Dayton had 18 offensive boards. UD had 48 rebounds against New Mexico. The Flyers tallied a season-high with 56 rebounds versus Fordham.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
Last year Dayton had two games with 20 or more offensive rebounds. The Flyers have already surpassed that total with 20 or more offensive rebounds against Mount St. Mary’s, Ole Miss, Winthrop and Fordham.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Through games of Feb. 7, Dayton leads the A-10 in rebounding margin (+4.5), third in field goal defense (.407) and fourth in scoring defense (65.1) and in 3-pt field goal defense (.312).
Dayton is 9-1 this season when limiting opponents to 60 points or less. The Flyers limited Mount St. Mary’s to shoot just 31 percent from the floor. UD forced 21 turnovers against Miami. The Flyers smothered Seton Hall to 26 percent shooting from the field in the second half. In the New Mexico win, UD had six steals. In the first half at SLU, the Flyers held the Billikens to 1-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. At UMass, the Flyers limited the Minutemen to 27 percent shooting from the field. In the Fordham win, Dayton held Fordham to 33 percent shooting from the field. The Flyers forced 19 St. Bonaventure turnovers.
FLASHBACK TO THE 80’S
Three times this season, with all of them against A-10 opponents, the Flyers have allowed 80-plus points. That’s the most in coach Brian Gregory’s tenure since the 2006-07 season when Dayton allowed 80-plus points six times.
DISH IT OUT
Sharing the ball has been a consistent theme with the Flyers. UD has had an assist on 65 percent of its converted field goals (374 assists, 571 field goals). Dayton’s best performance came versus St. Joe’s with 21 assists on 23 field goals.
In road/neutral games this season, the Flyers have five players who average 6.0 points or more per game: Chris Johnson (13.4 ppg), Chris Wright (11.3 ppg), Paul Williams (9.2 ppg), Juwan Staten (8.2 ppg), Josh Parker (6.8) and Josh Benson (6.0). Johnson, Williams, Josh Benson, Matt Kavanaugh and Brandon Spearman have better road/neutral scoring averages than at UD Arena.
Dayton has enjoyed scoring balance with seven different leading scorers in its first 24 games. Chris Johnson has led eight times, Chris Wright seven, Paul Williams, Josh Parker and Juwan Staten each led twice and Devin Searcy and Matt Kavanaugh once apiece. UD has seven different players averaging 4.0 points or more per game.
CAN’T DEFEND FREE THROWS
In three of Dayton’s losses, opponents have shot well above their season average. ODU came in shooting .608 (124-204), and shot .821 (23-28). UMass came in shooting (.684 (199-291) and shot .806 (29-36). Xavier came in shooting .708 (252-356), and shot .862 (25-29).
ON THE PLUS SIDE OF FREE THROWS
The Flyers have two players shooting above an .800 clip at the charity stripe this season. Devin Searcy leads the pack at .857 followed by Chris Johnson at .847. Only four times this year has Dayton made less than 60 percent of its free throws in a game.
SPARK OFF THE BENCH
With such a deep team, it is no surprise UD’s bench serves as a big part of the team’s success. UD has out-scored the opponent’s bench a total of 466-292 this season. UD’s bench has out-scored its opponent’s bench in 18 of the 24 games this season and has a 15-3 record as well. Dayton won the first bench battle, out-scoring Mount St. Mary’s 17-11. At Ole Miss, UD held a 30-18 edge. The Flyer bench enjoyed its best outing against Florida A&M scoring 42 points. Dayton out-scored Winthrop 29-6 in bench points. In the win over George Mason, Dayton held a 15-4 advantage in bench scoring. The Flyer bench dominated Fordham 46-9 and held a 20-2 advantage against St. Bonaventure.
LIMITING THEIR MISTAKES
In four of its last eight games, Dayton has committed 10 turnovers or less. UD’s season-low in turnovers is five coming at Massachusetts and against Saint Joseph’s.
MAKING A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Dayton has won 10 games by Christmas five times, and four have been in Brian Gregory’s eight years at UD.
NON-CONFERENCE WRAP UP
The Flyers finished with the best non-conference mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 12-3. UD’s best performances included a double-overtime triumph versus New Mexico, home wins over George Mason and Akron and an overtime victory at Ole Miss.
GREGORY MOVES UP THE CHARTS
After defeating Miami on Dec. 4, coach Brian Gregory moved into 3rd place on UD’s all-time wins list. Gregory trails UD Hall of Famers Don Donoher (437 wins) & Tom Blackburn (352).
Brian Gregory has led Dayton to five consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories in non-conference play.
Dayton coach Brian Gregory became just the fourth coach in Flyer basketball history to record 100 career victories when the Flyers defeated Delaware State on Nov. 18, 2008. 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.
ANALYZING THE ATLANTIC 10
The Flyers are in their 16th season in the Atlantic 10 and possess a 141-172 overall record in conference play. Dayton has finished .500 or better in 10 of the previous 11 seasons.
FLYERS PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN THE PRESEASON ATLANTIC 10 POLL
The Flyers were picked to finish fourth in the 2010 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll. The Flyers are led by preseason first-team selection Chris Wright and third-team selection Chris Johnson. Freshman Juwan Staten, an ESPNU Top 100 guard, earned a spot on the preseason all-rookie team.
HOME SWEET HOME
Over the last four years on Tom Blackburn Court, the Flyers are 75-9. The 75 victories are tied for the sixth-most in the NCAA since the 2006-07 season. Just ahead of UD are Kansas (85), Ohio State (81), Pittsburgh (80), Syracuse (76), Florida (76), Texas A&M and Dayton (75). Dayton won its 500th game at UD Arena on Dec. 29, 2009 and is 519-185 in 41 seasons at the Arena. The Flyers have a home all-time winning percentage of .781 (776-217).
UD LOCKED IN TO REGULAR SEASON INVITATIONALS THROUGH 2013
The Dayton Flyers announced they will compete in three consecutive regular season tournaments in the next three seasons. The Flyers have signed deals to play in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando in 2011 and an ESPN Regional-sponsored event in 2012. The Flyers will return to the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational in 2013, 10 years after the Flyers won Maui in Brian Gregory’s first season.
TAKING THE NATIONAL STAGE
To start the 2009-10 campaign, the Flyers were nationally ranked in a major poll for the first time since the 1967-68 season. With UD being ranked at some point in each of the last three seasons, it is also the first time in 49 years the Flyers were ranked at any time in three consecutive seasons. The last time that happened was the 1958-59, 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons. Here is the highest Dayton has been nationally ranked in the previous three seasons and the season finish:
• 2009–10 – #19 / (NIT Champions)
• 2008–09 – #25 / (NCAA Second Round)
• 2007–08 – #14 / (NIT Quarterfinals)
The Flyers celebrated their 500th win at UD Arena on Dec. 29, 2009. The Arena opened in 1969. UD Arena is one of just 27 active facilities to have hosted at least 500 wins for its home team, and only one of two built since 1969. The list includes Cameron Indoor Stadium, The Palestra, Pauley Pavilion, Freedom Hall, Allen Fieldhouse, The Pit and Hinkle Fieldhouse. Only four facilities – Pauley Pavilion, The Pit, Freedom Hall and the Huntsman Center – had 500 wins faster than UD Arena.
GREGORY’S CONTRACT TO RUN THROUGH 2018
University of Dayton Vice President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler announced in May that the University has extended head men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory’s contract for an additional five years, and that it will run through the 2017-18 season. He signed a new agreement in 2005 that originally ran through 2013. He is one of 24 coaches who have been at their current school at least seven years and have averaged at least 20 wins a season. That list includes Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, UConn’s Jim Calhoun, Florida’s Billy Donovan, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Duke’s Mike Kryzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, KU’s Bill Self, Maryland’s Gary Williams and UNC’s Roy Williams.
LEGENDS OF THE NIT
Dayton’s NIT history is rich with success. Last season was Dayton’s third NIT title. UD previously won the NIT in 1962 and 1968. Last year was also Dayton’s 22nd appearance in the postseason NIT. Dayton has been the runner-up five times and showcases a 40-20 all-time record. Coach Brian Gregory is 7-1 all-time in the NIT. Dayton’s 22 NIT appearances are second only to St. John’s 27 berths. The Flyers reached the finals five times in the 1950’s and won the tournament in 1962 (under coach Tom Blackburn) and 1968 (under coach Don Donoher).
AND THE CROWD GOES WILD
The eight-millionth UD fan in UD Arena history attended the Presbyterian game on Dec. 19, 2009. UD’s last 181 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 (420 of 423), including the last 219 regular season games.
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. UD Arena has had 98 sellouts in its 40-year history including two this year. The record for sellouts is eight in the Arena’s first season (1969-70). The Flyers finished the 2009-10 regular season averaging 13,038 fans a game and had seven sellouts.
UD AMONG THE BEST IN NCAA ATTENDANCE
Dayton finished in the Top 30 in men’s basketball attendance for the 14th straight season in 2008-09. The Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in attendance for the 13th straight season (including the 2009-10 season). UD averaged more than 2,400 fans a game better than any other team in the A-10.
RECORD BREAKING SEASON
The UD men’s basketball program set the regular season attendance record in 2009-10. The Flyers averaged 13,038 fans per game during the regular season. That mark was slightly above the all-time mark of 12,982 set during the first season at UD Arena in 1969-70.
DAYTON TO HOST NCAA INAUGURAL FIRST FOUR NCAA BASKETBALL GAMES
As it has for the past decade, the Road to the Final Four will begin at the University of Dayton Arena this year. That was made official when the NCAA announced that Dayton will be the site of the inaugural First Four games of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16. UD Arena will host the four first-round games over two nights in the NCAA’s new 68-team format, which was announced in July.
MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
The University of Dayton Arena has hosted NCAA tournament events in 24 of the 41 years since opening its doors for the 1969-70 season. The NCAA First Four games will make UD Arena the most-used tournament venue in NCAA history. To date, UD Arena has hosted 83 NCAA men’s tournament games, tying it with Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.
DAYTON FARES WELL IN THE 2010 NCAA GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE
The NCAA Graduation Success Report on Division I institutions released on Oct. 27 places the University of Dayton in familiar territory – among the nation’s best. UD’s 94 GSR in this year’s report places the University tied for 21st in the nation and tied for first in the Atlantic 10. Dayton has 10 of its sports teams – baseball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s rowing, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball -- that have a perfect 100 GSR in this year’s report, the most of any school in the A-10. The UD men’s basketball team’s GSR ranked second 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.