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Opponents shot 38.3 percent against Dayton from 3-point range. The Flyers ranked 328th in the country in that category.
Junior guard Trey Landers, a first-time starter last season, expects the defense to have more urgency this year. He also thinks there will be more pressing.
Last year, Dayton often played the starters 35-plus minutes. It wasn’t uncommon for some starters to play all 40 minutes. That didn’t help the defense.
“It kind of wears on you,” Landers said. “At the end of the day, you’re going to try to fight through it, but you’re not always going to be 100 percent. I don’t make no excuses. We did what we did. But it’s a learning experience.”
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Dayton has nine scholarship players available this year, with two more players, transfers Ibi Watson and Rodney Chatman, sitting out the season. It won’t be a deep bench, but the players expect the coaches to have more confidence in the entire group, allowing them to play defense without worrying as much about foul trouble.
“I got into foul trouble a couple games,” Landers said. “It kind of hurt us. This year, we’ll have a couple more guys who will be ready to contribute much more to where we won’t have to think about having to save ourselves. We can go all out, and if we get a couple chippy fouls, we trust the next guy to contribute the same amount.”