Undefeated in the underrated Atlantic 10 conference, the Dayton Flyers have blown away all expectations finishing with a 29-2 record in the regular season. Despite being underdogs to some, the Flyers are the best team coming into the NCAA tournament and will have a great opportunity at grabbing the 2020 NCAA Championship.
College basketball fans watched as former Dayton head coach Archie Miller took the Flyers to four consecutive tournament appearances from 2014-2017. When Miller moved on from the university, it looked like the Flyers were back to square one. But new coach Anthony Grant has put together another dominant Dayton team led by one of the best players in the country.
Saying that forward Obi Toppin is an elite player is an understatement considering he is in the running for the John Wooden Award for the best player in the country. Toppin is currently scoring 20 points per game while also grabbing 7.5 rebounds. Toppin also gets it done defensively with 30 steals and 38 blocks this season.
Toppin, along with junior guard Jalen Crutcher, has been a nightmare duo for teams like Rhode Island and Richmond who will both be making appearances in this year's NCAA tournament.
One of the only two losses for Dayton came in November to the now No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks, 90-84. Dayton came up short but the ranking committee for the NCAA still has them placed at the third spot in the league meaning that they will, barring any unexpected losses, be placed as a No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Dayton is on a historic run this year and the NCAA better keep the Flyers on its radar come tournament time.