Dayton Flyers earn highest AP ranking since 1967

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Dayton Flyers highlights: Dunks from first seven games

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The only team to beat Dayton is the new No. 1

The Dayton Flyers climbed from No. 14 to No. 13 in the Associated Press top-25 poll Monday. It's their highest ranking since they were No. 6 on Dec. 5, 1967.

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After a 78-47 victory Saturday against Drake, Dayton (8-1) has its best record through nine games since it was 8-1 in the 2008-09 season. It was unranked in the first four polls of the season and then debuted at No. 19 two weeks ago.

This week, AP voters ranked Dayton as high as fourth and as low as 20th. Fifteen voters had Dayton in the top 10. Dayton jumped Michigan, which fell from No. 5 to No. 14, in the poll.

When Dayton climbed to No. 14 last week, it was the third time in the last 50 years it ranked in the top 15. It ranked 15th in February 2016.

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The 1967-68 Flyers, the last UD team to reach the top 10, started the season at No. 6 after advancing to the national championship game and losing to UCLA the previous season. They dropped out of the ranking after losing their first two games to Miami and Eastern Kentucky.

The highest Dayton has ranked was No. 2 in the 1955-56 season.

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Kansas, the only team to beat Dayton, is the new No. 1 and the fifth team to be ranked first this season. Ohio State dropped from third to fifth after losing to Minnesota. Colorado, which Dayton plays on Saturday in Chicago, fell out of the top 25, after losing to Northern Iowa last week.