Fans of the Dayton Flyers believe their team will win the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament — or at least are engaging in a lot of wishful thinking.
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In an A-10 tournament bracket contest conducted on Twitter, 47 of 72 participants (65.3 percent) picked No. 3 seed Dayton to win three games in three days and claim the A-10 title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sunday.
Sixteen people picked No. 1 seed Virginia Commonwealth. Seven people picked No. 2 seed Davidson. One picked No. 4 seed St. Bonaventure, and one picked No. 6 seed Saint Louis.
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Dayton will play Saint Louis or No. 11 seed Richmond at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals. Only three people picked Saint Louis to win that game. Sixty one people picked Dayton to reach the championship game.
Of course, optimism is nothing new for Dayton fans. Last year, their team was the No. 9 seed, and 74 percent of the participants in the same bracket contest thought Dayton would win the tournament.
According to KenPom.com, VCU is the overwhelming favorite with 45.2 percent chance of winning the championship. Dayton has better odds (21.8 percent) than No. 2 seed Davidson (16.8).