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"Just so we're all perfectly clear on this: The Dayton Flyers can win the 2020 national title," wrote Matt Norlander, of CBSSports.com this week. "UD boasts the goods, so much so that a No. 1 seed isn't out of the equation.
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Dayton ranks fifth in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (same as last week), fifth in the Ken Pomeroy ratings (one spot worse than last week), eighth in the Haslametrics ratings (two spots lower), sixth in ESPN's Basketball Power Index (one spot better) and 12th in the Sagarin ratings (one spot better).
Here’s a glance at where Dayton stands in the minds of the experts evaluating the NCAA field on a daily or weekly basis.
Mike DeCourcy, Fox Sports/The Sporting News: For the second straight week, he has No. 2 seed Dayton playing No. 15 seed Murray State in the first round.
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Joe Lunardi, ESPN: He has moved Dayton back and forth from the No. 3 seed to No. 2 seed to No. 3 seed in recent weeks. In his latest bracket prediction, he has the Flyers playing No. 14 seed Wright State in the first round. Dayton and Wright State haven't played since 1997, and they have never made the NCAA tournament in the same season.
Eamonn Brennan, The Athletic : In his weekly Bubble Watch story, continues to list Dayton among teams "should be in" the NCAA field but has not moved them to "lock" status. This week, he wrote, "The Atlantic 10 is undeniably improved over last season, in ways that go beyond Dayton's remarkable campaign, and you wondered whether that improvement would give the Flyers a more sustained challenge in the league. Not so far. Obi Toppin and crew are coming off an impressive 87-79 win at Richmond now 7-0 in the league, with a win at Saint Louis and a home win over VCU already under their belts.
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Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: He had No. 2 seed Dayton playing No. 15 seed Wright State last week. This week, he has No. 2 Dayton playing Colorado State in Cleveland with Wright State moved up to a No. 14 seed and playing No. 3 seed Duke.
Chris Dobbertean, SBNation.com: He has No. 2 seed Dayton playing No. 15 Wright State in Cleveland.
Jonathon Warriner, MakingTheMadness.com: He has No. 3 seed Dayton playing No. 14 Vermont in Albany, N.Y.
Kerry Miller, BleacherReport.com: He gives No. 3 seed Dayton a game against No. 14 seed Georgia State in Greensboro, N.C.
DelphiBracketology.com: Another No. 3 seed Dayton vs. No. 14 Wright State matchup.
Patrick Stevens, Washington Post: His prediction: No. 3 seed Dayton vs. No. 14 New Mexico State in Cleveland.