Dayton Flyers tie school record for consecutive weeks in the top 25

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Dayton Flyers: Week-by-week AP ranking

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Dayton enters postseason with school-record 29 victories

The Dayton Flyers (29-2) stayed at No. 3 in the Associated Press top-25 poll Monday. They remain behind No. 1 Kansas (28-3), which received all 65 first-place votes, and No. 2 Gonzaga (29-2).

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Dayton tied the school record for most consecutive weeks in the top 25. This is the first time since the 1955-56 season that Dayton has been ranked in 15 straight weeks. The 1955-56 team was ranked all season in 15 polls. That team finished 25-4.

Dayton ranked in every poll, 14 in all, in the 1954-55 season as well.

Dayton has won 20 games in a row. It's the longest active winning streak in the country. It closed the regular season last week with an 84-57 victory Wednesday at Rhode Island and a 76-51 victory Saturday against George Washington at UD Arena.

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Dayton is one of three teams in the country with two losses. Gonzaga and San Diego State (30-2) are the others.

Dayton broke the school record for victories in a season with its 29th victory and tied the school record for consecutive victories. It also completed the fifth undefeated season at home in school history and first since 2015.

The top-seeded Flyers begin play in Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at noon Friday. They will play No. 8 seed Massachusetts (14-17) or No. 9 seed Virginia Commonwealth (18-13) in the quarterfinals at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. UMass and VCU play at noon Thursday in the second round.

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 and to No. 3 on March 2.

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