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In the final week of the regular season, Dayton plays at Rhode Island at 9 p.m. Wednesday and faces George Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday on Senior Night at UD Arena.
The Flyers will then play in the A-10 tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. They have secured the No. 1 seed and will open the tournament in the quarterfinals against the No. 8 or No. 9 seed at noon on March 13.
Prior to this season, Dayton had not ranked in the top 10 since 1967 and had not ranked in the top five since it reached No. 2 in 1956. Dayton is the highest-ranked Atlantic 10 Conference team since Saint Joseph’s, which reached No. 1 in 2004. That was the last A-10 team to reach the top spot. Dayton has never ranked No. 1.
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This is the first time since the 1955-56 season that Dayton has been ranked in 14 straight weeks. The 1955-56 team was ranked all season in 15 polls. That team finished 25-4.
Dayton entered the top 25 at No. 19 on Dec. 2, following its runner-up finish at the Maui Invitational. It climbed to No. 14 on Dec. 9 and to No. 13 on Dec. 16.
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, to No. 13 on Jan. 13 and to No. 7 on Jan. 20. It stayed at No. 7 on Jan. 27 and then climbed to No. 6 on Feb. 3 and stayed there Feb. 10. It moved to No. 5 on Feb. 17 and to No. 4 on Feb. 24.
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