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Who is Dayton?

By mrasor Published: January 1, 2008

Men's basketball
According to Dayton's media guide, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit said UD Arena is a close second to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the best college atmosphere.
Before you ask what Herbstreit knows about basketball, realize that most of the nation agrees. The Flyers are the best team on Akron's schedule. Their arena is a difficult place to play.
Dayton whipped No. 6 Pittsburgh 80-55 last week by holding the Panthers to 28 percent shooting. Earlier in the year, the Flyers went into Freedom Hall and beat Louisville 70-65.
Senior guard Brian Roberts common denominator in those wins. He scored a total of 59 points against Pitt and Louisville. On the year, he averages 19.3 points per game and 49.3 percent on 3-pointers. Thanks to Roberts, Dayton is the "it" team around college basketball nowadays.
A win would definitely grab the nation's attention.
How good is Dayton? Its only loss was 67-56 at George Mason, when no one but Roberts could make a shot. The Flyers have beaten two MAC teams. Dayton came from behind to nip Miami 63-62 in Oxford on a last-minute 3-pointer from Roberts. Toledo nearly made up a 20-point deficit, but lost at Dayton 76-70.
How do you beat the Flyers? Miami gained a huge first-half lead on seven 3-pointers by Michael Bramos. George Mason won the rebounding battle and smothered everyone but Roberts. Akron has been excellent at limiting the other team's star in recent years. As Toledo learned, however, freshman power forward Chris Wright is pretty good, too. He dropped 26 points and 12 rebounds on the Rockets.
Dayton is only a five-point favorite over Akron, despite the fact the Flyers just beat the nation's No. 6 team by 25.
I will give my prediction tomorrow. I'm wavering between a Dayton tight win and Dayton blow out win.

    Notes...
    Akron is No. 9 in the Mid-Major Top 25. Kent State leads the MAC schools at No. 8. Miami is not ranked, but has the 26th most points. Ohio is 29th.
    Keith Dambrot and the coaches are holding free basketball clinics for young'uns. Participants will receive a free ticket to the game that night, a T-shirt, pizza and a chance to witness the following moves: Dambrot's granny jumpshot (he didn't play in college, so we don't really know if he's any good), Jeff Boals' running jump hook ( Kurt Rambis rec-specs not included) and Lamont Paris' between-the-legs dribbling (or whatever pretty boys do). On a serious note, this is a great opportunity. Props to the coaches for engaging the public. Hopefully the university did its job by notifying all local youth teams.
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