The defeat leaves the Flyers tied for ninth in the Atlantic 10 with George Mason, La Salle and St. Joseph’s. Eight games remain. If Dayton wants to finish with a winning record or even at .500, it’s going to have to find a way to win away from UD Arena. It’s 1-6 on the road and 1-2 on a neutral court.
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The Flyers are favored in five of their last eight games, according to KenPom.com. Here’s a glance at the matchups:
Wednesday, 7 p.m., home vs. Duquesne (15-9, 6-5): The Flyers lost 70-62 at Duquesne on Dec. 30, but this is a winnable game because it's at home. After a 5-2 start in A-10 play, the Dukes have lost three of their last four.
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Saturday, 6 p.m., at Virginia Commonwealth (14-9, 6-4): The Flyers beat the Rams 106-79 at UD Arena on Jan. 9. Don't expect anything close to that to happen at the Siegel Center, though VCU has double-digit losses at home to Richmond and Rhode Island.
Feb. 14, 7 p.m., at George Mason (4-6, 10-13): This looked more like a potential win for Dayton until Saturday when the Patriots picked up a surprising 79-75 victory at Richmond.
Feb. 17, 7 p.m., home vs. Fordham (7-15, 2-8): There are no gimmes for Dayton, but this one's pretty close. The Flyers have won 14 straight games against Fordham.
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Feb. 20, 9 p.m., home vs. Saint Louis (13-11, 6-5): The Billikens beat Dayton 75-65 in Saint Louis on Jan. 27. They have won five of their last six games and have road wins at UMass and St. Joseph's in that span.
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at Rhode Island (19-3, 11-0): This is Dayton's most difficult remaining game. The Rams beat Dayton 88-74 at UD Arena on Jan. 20. Their winning streak stands at 14 straight games.
Feb. 28, 7 p.m., at La Salle (10-13, 4-6): The Explorers are 4-1 at home in A-10 play, and Dayton has lost three straight games at Tom Gola Arena.
March 3, 3 p.m., home vs. George Washington (9-14, 2-8): The Colonials have lost eight of their last nine games and have fallen into a tie for last place with Fordham.
Duquesne at Dayton, 7 p.m., Spectrum Sports, FM 95.7, AM 1290 WHIO