With four returning starters, the Dayton Flyers figure to be a strong contender in the Atlantic 10 Conference next season. On first glance, the schedule pairings the conference released Tuesday for the 14 league teams strengthen UD’s chances.
The Flyers will play five teams home and away in 2015-16. Only one of those teams, Rhode Island, finished in the top five last season. Only one other team, St. Bonaventure, finished above .500 in conference play.
Three teams Dayton plays twice — Duquesne, La Salle and St. Louis — finished in the bottom six of the standings last season.
Dayton played four of those five teams twice last season. Rhode Island replaces Fordham in the group.
The Flyers will play Davidson, George Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia Commonwealth at home after playing each of those teams on the road last season.
The Flyers also will play Fordham, George Mason, Richmond and St. Joseph’s on the road.
This is the second season for the 18-game conference schedule. Dates and times of the games will be announced at a later date.
Davidson won the A-10 regular-season title last season in its first season in the league. Dayton (27-9, 13-5) finished second.
VCU won the tournament title, beating the Flyers in the title game.
Several of Dayton’s non-conference games are known. It will host Arkansas and Miami University and play at Vanderbilt.
The Flyers also play in the Orlando Classic at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports Nov. 26, 27 and 29. Matchups for that tournament have not been announced. Possible opponents include Alabama, Iowa, Notre Dame, Southern California, Wichita State and Xavier.
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