Dayton Flyers now highest ranked Ohio team in Associated Press top-25 poll

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The Dayton Flyers (14-2, 3-0) moved from No. 15 to No. 13 in the Associated Press top-25 poll on Monday, matching their highest ranking of the season.

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This is the first time since the 1957-58 season that Dayton has been ranked in seven straight weeks or in seven polls in one season. That 1957-58 team was ranked in the final eight polls of the season.

The only two teams to beat Dayton are ranked: No. 6 Kansas and No. 20 Colorado. Dayton is now the highest-ranked team in Ohio. Ohio State fell from No. 11 to No. 21. Gonzaga remained No. 1.

Dayton jumped three Big Ten teams: Ohio State; Michigan State, which fell from No. 8 to No. 15; and Maryland, which dropped five spots to No. 17. No. 12 West Virginia, which climbed five spots, jumped Dayton.

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Dayton entered the poll at No. 19 on Dec. 2 and then climbed to No. 14 on Dec. 9 and to No. 13 on Dec. 16. That was its highest ranking since 1967.

The Flyers fell to No. 18 on Dec. 23 after a 78-76 overtime loss to Colorado at the United Center on Dec. 21. They dropped to No. 20 on Dec. 30 before climbing to No. 15 on Jan. 6.

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