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Dayton seeks first victory vs. top-five team in 35 years

Dayton against Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Dayton against Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Flyers face high-ranked opponent in November tournament for second straight season

Neil Sullivan doesn’t want to “get too far ahead of his skis,” but the Dayton Flyers athletic director sees what everyone else has seen in the Maui Invitational: a Dayton team living up to its potential.

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"It's exciting for what it is for these couple games," Sullivan said Tuesday after an 89-62 victory against Virginia Tech in the semifinals. "I think they've played really, really well. It's the first phase of a marathon sprint into March, but I think it's OK to have checkpoints along the way clearly and so I think the pace of the marathon obviously looks pretty good right now."

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Dayton is 5-0 for the first time since 2015-16 and will play No. 4 Kansas (5-1) at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the championship game at the Lahaina Civic Center.

According to the Dayton media guide, the program has played 57 games against top-five teams in its history and won 11 times. Eight of those victories came before 1970. Dayton last beat a top-five team in 1984, knocking off No. 3 DePaul 72-71 at UD Arena.

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Kansas is the highest-ranked team Dayton has played since it lost 66-59 to No. 4 Virginia last season in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

“That’s why we’re here,” Sullivan said. “You’ve got to play teams that are NCAA-caliber teams. You’ve got to play the best to be the best.”

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Highlights: Dayton closes first half with 20-5 run vs. Virginia Tech

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Highlights: Dayton lands knockout blow in second half vs. Virginia Tech

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