Dayton finished last season ranked 172nd. That was its lowest ranking since the Pomeroy ratings were started in 2002. It was the fourth time Dayton has ranked below 100, following 2005 (111th), 2006 (131st) and 2007 (124th). The website predicted Dayton would finish 16-12 last season, and it finished 14-17.
Dayton has the third-highest ranking among Atlantic 10 Conference teams, trailing No. 68 Saint Louis, the A-10 preseason favorite, and No. 83 Davidson. Behind Dayton are: No. 103 St. Bonaventure; No. 104 St. Joseph's; No. 108 Rhode Island; No. 115 Richmond; No. 117 George Mason; No. 126 Virginia Commonwealth; No. 142 Massachusetts; No. 171 Duquesne; No. 175 La Salle; No. 194 George Washington; and No. 239 Fordham.