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Despite their 20-13 overall record, the Flyers only finished 9-7 in the Atlantic 10. 9-7 in conference is not going to cut it for the NCAA Tournament unless you have monumental key wins against top 10 opponents, which the Flyers did not have. Although they did not make it to the NCAA Tournament, they did appear in the NIT. In the NIT the Flyers were seeded at #2, and faced off against the Big 10’s Iowa Hawkeyes in the first round. The game was close in the first half, as Iowa led 44-41 going into the break. However, the second half was all Hawkeyes as the Flyers fell 84-75 in the first round.
The Flyers were led last season by leading scorer Kevin Dillard. Dillard is going into his senior season and averaged 13 points and 6 assists last year. Even though the numbers may not show it, many NBA scouts are interested in Dillard as he is a pass first point guard with the ability to score the rock, a rarity in the game these days. Dillard was not the only asset to the Flyers a big man Chris Johnson will graduate. Johnson led the team in rebounds and was their emotional workhorse, getting the tea pumped up for every game. The Flyers will snag a great recruit in 6’6 small forward Dyshawn Pierre to join the squad this season. Pierre has an NBA type body and the athleticism to jump out of the gym.
The Flyers last NCAA Tournament appearance was in the 2009 season, so their goal is to get back there this year. The Atlantic 10 should be a little easier this year as most of its dominant players went off to the NBA or graduated. Dayton’s main rival is Xavier and they play every year for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
The Flyers play their home games at the beautiful UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Gold Coast Tickets does not want you to miss out on the action as the Flyers feel they can be the best team in the Atlantic 10 this season. Gold Coast Tickets has the best selection for your entire 2012-2013 college basketball season needs!