Greatness of Dayton Flyers debated on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption

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The greatness of the Dayton Flyers was a subject on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on Thursday.

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“Wilbon, has Dayton convinced you of their greatness?” Kornheiser asked.

“No,” Wilbon said. “You don’t convince people of greatness on March 5. You convince people of greatness closer to April 5. Despite Duke moving the needle with Zion (Williamson) last year, they weren’t great. They didn’t get to the Final Four. That’s the measure in college basketball.”

Wilbon then said No. 3 Dayton (28-2, 17-0), which takes a 19-game winning streak into its regular-season finale against George Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena, and its star Obi Toppin are fun to watch.

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“He’s got so much bounce,” Wilbon said. “My goodness. He’s the kind of wing player right now that NBA teams salivate over. I couldn’t even recognize the kid a week ago in a sea of faces, so let me admit to that.”

Kornheiser agreed Dayton will have to get to the Final Four to be recognized as a great team.

Kornheiser said he knows “a lot of guys who went to Dayton,” and “they’re over the moon right now because the last time this happened, Donny May was playing against UCLA 50 years ago.”

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