Will the Dayton Flyers enter the top 25 next week?
That will be the question on the minds of fans on the way home from Maui and for those back in Dayton until the polls come out Monday. Dayton (5-1) climbed from No. 53 to No. 25 in the Ken Pomeroy ratings after beating No. 67 Georgia and No. 57 Virginia Tech and losing 90-84 in overtime to No. 8 Kansas, which ranks fourth in the Associated Press poll, in the Maui Invitational championship on Wednesday.
One national college basketball writer, Gary Parrish, of CBS Sports, updates his poll daily. He did not have Dayton ranked until they beat Virginia Tech on Tuesday and then moved the Flyers all the way to No. 9, where they remained Thursday after the loss to Kansas.
Dayton has not been ranked since February 2016, when it climbed as high as No. 15 before losing three of its next four games.
The last time Dayton played in Maui in 2013, it used victories over Gonzaga and California and a close loss to Baylor to move into the top 25 for the first time since 2010. The Flyers were ranked 25th until a road loss to Illinois State knocked them out of the poll.
Dayton has been receiving one vote in the Associated Press poll all season from Cecil Hurt, of the Tuscaloosa News. In the coaches poll, the Flyers received seven voting points last week.
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