2019 Maui field has potential to be one of best Dayton has seen
The debate continues every year. When the Dayton Flyers learn their possible opponents in the annual exempt tournament — be it the Maui Invitational, Charleston Classic, Battle 4 Atlantis, etc. — fans start comparing the quality of the field to past tournaments.
The 2019 Maui Invitational has the potential to be one of the best Dayton has seen. The average Ken Pomeroy ranking of the teams in the tournament, not counting the Division II host Chaminade, was 59 last season. Three teams in the field ranked in the top 20: No. 3 Michigan State, No. 13 Virginia Tech and No. 17 Kansas.
Dayton’s first-round opponent, No. 132 Georgia, pulls down the ranking, but the Bulldogs have one of the nation’s top recruiting classes and should be improved in coach Tom Crean’s second season. The same could be said for the Dayton Flyers, who ranked 62nd last season.
The rankings will change in the 2019-20 season, of course, but if the average was 59 again, this would be the third-best exempt tournament to include Dayton. Here's how those tournaments rank. This list includes all the events Dayton has played in since 2002 — when the Pomeroy rankings began — that feature three games at one site in an eight-team tournament. All rankings listed are from KenPom.com.