Anthony Grant: All focus now on A-10 tournament for Dayton Flyers

UD swept both possible opponents in regular season

The Dayton Flyers will play No. 8 seed Massachusetts or No. 9 seed Virginia Commonwealth at noon Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.

» PHOTOS: UD celebrates 29th victory

The A-10 announced the bracket Saturday night. All the games will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dayton (29-2, 18-0) capped a perfect season in the A-10 with a 76-51 victory Saturday against George Washington at UD Arena.

The victory improved Dayton’s chances of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but Dayton coach Anthony Grant didn’t want to look ahead to the big dance and asked the media to remind everyone in their stories the focus is now on the tournament in Brooklyn.

“We want to make sure as a program, as a university and as a community, we stay focused on the task at hand,” Grant said, “and what we have an opportunity to do. It’s goal No. 1 we accomplished. Hopefully, we’ll be able to appreciate what it was that we did, going 18-0 in the league, and then refocus and get ready for the challenge that lies ahead as we head to Brooklyn next week.

VCU (18-13, 8-10) ended the season with seven losses in its last eight games. UMass (14-17, 8-10) lost 64-63 at home to Rhode Island on Saturday.

» GAMEDAY FILMING: Dayton fans thrilled by ESPN appearance

Dayton swept two games from VCU and UMass in the regular season.

If Dayton wins its quarterfinal game, it will play No. 4 Saint Louis, No. 5 St. Bonaventure, No. 12 George Mason or No. 13 Saint Joseph’s in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The A-10 championship game takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday. Dayton last won the A-10 tournament in 2003 at UD Arena. It has never won the tournament outside its own building. The Flyers will take a 20-game winning streak into the quarterfinals.

About the Author