The Dayton Flyers rank 57th in the preseason Ken Pomeroy ratings, which were released Sunday. It’s their highest preseason ranking in three years. They’re projected to finish 21-8 overall and 13-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
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Dayton hasn’t finished close to its preseason ranking since the 2016-17 season when it began the season ranked No. 37 and ended the season at No. 39.
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This season, Dayton is the second-ranked A-10 team. Virginia Commonwealth, the defending regular-season champion, ranks 23rd. Davidson ranks 61st. Rhode Island is 83rd. No. 92 Richmond is the only other team in the top 100.
Dayton’s non-conference schedule will feature at least three top 60 teams: No. 26 Saint Mary’s; No. 37 Colorado; and No. 55 Georgia. Dayton will also play No. 1 Michigan State or No. 54 Virginia Tech in the second round of the Maui Invitational.
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The highest-ranked non-conference opponent coming to UD Arena is No. 158 Indiana State, which Dayton plays in the season opener Nov. 9.
Here’s how other area teams rank: No. 11 Ohio State; No. 18 Xavier; No. 27 Cincinnati; and No. 103 Wright State.
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