Dayton made a list as one of the top nine college basketball towns in the country, according to NCAA.com.
Bloomington, Ind., Chapel Hill, N.C., Durham, N.C., Indianapolis, Lawrence, Kan., Lexington, Ky., Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., joined the Gem City on the list.
Of Dayton, Brian Mull wrote, "Each year the NCAA tournament begins in the University of Dayton Arena, site of the First Four games that trim the field to a 64-team bracket. It's an appropriate home, considering the pride and passion shown each year by fans of the University of Dayton Flyers, which is one of the premier programs in the Atlantic 10 and has won five NCAA tourney games the last two years. Since the arena opened in 1969, the Flyers have ranked top 35 in the nation in attendance every year, drawing sold-out crowds of 13,455 to the building on a regular basis. Wright State, located across town, participated in the 2007 NCAA tournament."