The Dayton Flyers will play Tulsa in the 2018-19 season, according to a source. It’s one of three non-conference games known at this point.
According to Jon Rothstein, of FanRagSports.com, who first reported the matchup, it will be played on a date to be announced in December at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The game will be part of a doubleheader that also features a game between Rhode Island and West Virginia.
Mohegan Sun Arena seats 9,323 fans for basketball. It hosted the American Athletic Conference tournament in March and was the site of a doubleheader between St. John's and St. Joseph's and Providence and Houston on Dec. 20, 2017.
Dayton has played Tulsa twice, losing 63-60 on Nov. 22, 1984 at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati and losing 84-71 in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2003 in Spokane, Wash.
Tulsa plays in the American Athletic Conference and finished 19-12 last season. It ranked 89th in the RPI. Dayton (14-17) ranked 152nd.
Tulsa’s coach, Frank Haith, is 77-52 in four seasons. Tulsa loses two of its top-three scorers from last season: Junior Etou (15.0 points per game) and Corey Henderson Jr. (10.5).
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The two other non-conference games on Dayton’s schedule that were announced last year are a home game against Mississippi State and a road game at Auburn. Last season, Dayton lost 61-59 at Mississippi State and lost 73-60 at home to Auburn.
Dayton will also play three games in November in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The possible opponents are: Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Butler, Florida, Oklahoma, Stanford and Wisconsin.
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