Dayton Men's Basketball 2017 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Dayton Flyers

Atlantic 10 (24-7, 15-3)

Archie Miller has now led the Flyers to four straight NCAA tournament appearances and looks to get them to the second weekend for the first time since 2014. Dayton has a rather uninspired non-conference résumé with their best wins coming against middle of the pack SEC teams Alabama and Vanderbilt. Their three losses outside of the A-10 came by a combined nine points to Saint Mary’s, Nebraska and Northwestern. The Flyers were able to take care of business in conference play with a 15-3 record.
Big Wins: 12/21 Vanderbilt (68-63), 2/10 at Rhode Island (75-74), 3/1 VCU (79-72)
Bad Losses: 11/24 vs Nebraska (78-80), 12/17 vs Northwestern (64-67), 1/11 at Massachusetts (55-67)
Coach: Archie Miller
Why They Can Surprise:
Experience is key to have during March and Dayton has one of the oldest teams in the tournament. There are no freshmen in the rotation and half of the players that see the floor are upperclassmen. The four seniors on this team were there for the Elite Eight run three years ago and look to find similar success this year. Dayton’s biggest strength statistically is their defense. The Flyers allow just 66.3 points per game and opponents shoot a measly 41.2 percent from the field against them. Depth is also an advantage Dayton has with ten players averaging double-digit minutes per game and no one getting more than 32 minutes per contest.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Frankly, Dayton hasn’t quite proven they can beat anybody this season with a few decent wins among the relatively easy schedule. The A-10 had a down year, preventing Dayton from collecting many quality wins and they failed to add a strong victory during non-conference play. Even with their experience and depth, Dayton is hard to put much trust in with their lack of impressive wins this season. Looking at Dayton’s numbers, nothing jumps out as a major weakness except they aren’t very good on the offensive glass.
Probable Starters:
Scoochie Smith, Senior, Guard, 13.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg
Darrell Davis, Junior, Guard, 5.7 ppg, 1.3 apg
Charles Cooke, Senior, Guard, 16.1 ppg, 2.9 apg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Kendall Pollard, Senior, Forward, 14.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 spg
Xeyrius Williams, Sophomore, Forward, 8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Key Role Players:
Kyle Davis, Senior, Guard, 8.1 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg
Ryan Mikesell, Sophomore, Forward, 5.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Josh Cunningham, Sophomore, Forward, 6.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
John Crosby, Sophomore, Guard, 2.9 ppg, 1.3 apg
Sam Miller, Sophomore, Forward, 4.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 76.8 (99th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 66.3 (47, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.2 (42, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.2 (48, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.0 (115, 4)  
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 38.5 (40, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.1 (210, 9)
Rebound Margin: 0.4 (183, 7)
Assists Per Game: 15.8 (49, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.1 (81, 4)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2016    NCAA Round of 64 loss to Syracuse
2015    NCAA Opening Round win over Boise State
2015    NCAA Round of 64 win over Providence
2015    NCAA Round of 32 loss to Oklahoma
2014    NCAA Round of 64 win over Ohio State
2014    NCAA Round of 32 win over Syracuse
2014    NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Stanford
2014    NCAA Regional Final loss to Florida
2012    NIT      First Round loss to Iowa
2011    NIT      First Round loss to College of Charleston
2010    NIT      First Round win over Illinois State
2010    NIT      Second Round win over Cincinnati
2010    NIT      Quarterfinal win over Illinois
2010    NIT      Semifinal win over Mississippi
2010    NIT      Final win over North Carolina
2009    NCAA Round of 64 win over West Virginia
2009    NCAA Round of 32 loss to Kansas
2008    NIT      First Round win over Cleveland State
2008    NIT      Second Round win over Illinois State
2008    NIT      Quarterfinal loss to Ohio State
2004    NCAA Round of 64 loss to DePaul
*all team stats through 3/5