Dayton Flyers interview: Jalen Crutcher (Jan. 20)

Dayton Flyers move into top 10 of Associated Press poll for first time since 1967

UD returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday against St. Bonaventure at UD Arena

Dayton is the first Atlantic 10 Conference team to reach the top 10 since Saint Louis in 2014. It’s the highest-ranked A-10 team since Xavier reached No. 7 on Dec. 15, 2008.

The Flyers passed these teams in the poll: Duke, which dropped from No. 3 to No. 8; Oregon (No. 8 to No. 12); Butler (No. 5 to No. 13); West Virginia (No. 12 to No. 14); Kentucky (No. 10 to No. 15); and Auburn (No. 4 to No. 16).

» THE BUZZER BEATER: All the angles on Crutcher’s shot

Dayton (16-2, 5-0), which has won seven games in a row, picked up two strong victories last week, beating Virginia Commonwealth 79-65 on Tuesday at UD Arena and Saint Louis 78-76 in overtime on Friday at Chaifetz Arena.

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

» SUNDAY FEATURE: What the win at SLU did for UD

Dayton entered the poll at No. 19 on Dec. 2, following its runner-up finish at the Maui Invitational, and then 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 and to No. 13 last week.

Baylor moved past Gonzaga this week to become the seventh No. 1 team of the season. The only teams to beat Dayton are ranked: No. 3 Kansas and No. 23 Colorado.

Dayton Flyers interview: Ibi Watson (Jan. 20)

MORE COVERAGE

» NATIONAL ATTENTION: Dayton ‘most fun team to watch’ in college basketball

» THE BIG SHOT: Crutcher’s mom was too nervous to watch

» PHOTOS: The big shots and the celebrationThe first 40 minutes

» NOTES: Grant proud of team’s character and resolve

Highlights: Jalen Crutcher hits game-winner for Dayton Flyers in OT
Video: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

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