The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team is a mid major college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) representing the University of Dayton in Ohio. The Flyers play their home games at University of Dayton Arena.
A 2015 analysis of college basketball team valuations put Dayton No. 23 in the country with 2014 adjusted revenues in excess of $16.6 million (greatest for non-football conference applications ) along with a valuation of almost $84 million (second greatest for non-football summit programs and higher than programs like Florida, Texas, and Michigan).
Soon after Miller’s death for Indiana, the school hired Oklahoma City Thunder assistant trainer and Dayton alum Anthony Grant as head coach. Grant formerly served at VCU and Alabama. His first time at Dayton watched the Flyers complete 14-17 overall, the first time because the 05-06 year that the team finished with a losing record.
His Second season featured breakout freshman Obi Toppin, who led the group from the A10 to a third place finish. They also missed the NCAA championship for the second straight season, and dropped their first game of the conference tournament. They got a five seed in the NIT, but dropped at Colorado in the first round.
Dayton has historical rivalries with several area teams such as Xavier, Wright State, and Miami (Ohio), in addition to fellow Catholic schools such as Marquette, DePaul, and Notre Dame. Dayton has fulfilled Xavier 158 times, more than any other competitor, and holds an 84–75 edge in the show through 2019. Dayton and Xavier play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
With the passing of Xavier to the Big East in 2013, Dayton searched for a new Atlantic 10 rivalry game that involved a trophy. Every year Dayton plays Atlantic 10 rival St. Louis University for its rights to the Arch Baron Cup Arch Baron Cup.