Dayton ranks fifth in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (same as last week), sixth in the Ken Pomeroy ratings (same), 14th in the Haslametrics ratings (one spot lower), eighth in ESPN's Basketball Power Index (one spot lower) and 13th in the Sagarin ratings (one spot lower).
The NCAA tournament selection committee met last week and released its list of the top 16 seeds based on their resumes to that point in the season on Saturday. Dayton received the No. 6 overall seed and a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. All 96 bracket predictions on BracketMatrix.com have Dayton in the field, and its average seed is 2.18. That's a slight improvement from last week when it was 2.30.
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All that points to Dayton making the tournament. It’s now playing to improve its seed. Here are what the experts are saying about where Dayton could land in the bracket:
Mike DeCourcy, Fox Sports/The Sporting News: No. 2 seed Dayton vs. No. 15 Colgate.
Joe Lunardi, ESPN: No. 2 Dayton vs. No. 15 UC Irvine in St. Louis.
Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: No. 2 Dayton vs. No. 15 Little Rock in Cleveland with the winner playing No. 7 Ohio State or No. 10 Stanford, two programs Dayton beat in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Jonathon Warriner, MakingTheMadness.com: No. 2 Dayton vs. No. 15 Wright State in Cleveland. The Raiders (21-5) lead the Horizon League by one game and will have to win the conference tournament to receive a NCAA bid.
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Kerry Miller, BleacherReport.com: Another No. 2 Dayton vs. No. 15 Wright State matchup in Cleveland.
DelphiBracketology.com: And yet another No. 2 Dayton vs. No. 15 Wright State matchup in Cleveland with the winner playing Texas Tech or Archie Miller's Indiana.
Patrick Stevens, Washington Post: No. 2 Dayton vs. No. 15 Hofstra in Cleveland.