Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 2:58 PM
By: Dave Jablonski - Staff Writer
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers will play Auburn in the the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, according to a source. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein, of FanRagSports.com.
The first game will take place at UD Arena. The Flyers will play in Auburn, Ala., the following season. Dates have not been announced.
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The game this season is part of the Charleston Classic. Teams can play four games as part of that event, three of which take place in Charleston, S.C. That means Dayton could play 31 games in the 2017-18 instead of the normal 30.
Dayton leads the all-time series 4-0. Dayton has never played at Auburn. The game in Alabama will mark a return to the state for new Dayton coach Anthony Grant, who coached at Alabama from 2009-15.
Dayton last played Auburn at the Charleston Classic in 2012, winning 73-63. The teams also played in 2008 at the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Dayton won 60-59.
Prior to that, they hadn’t played since 1972 when Dayton won 106-63 at UD Arena. Dayton first played Auburn in 1965, winning 85-71 at the Sugar Bowl Tournament in New Orleans, La.
Dayton has had great success in the regular season against the Southeastern Conference in the last four seasons, sweeping two-game series from Alabama, Mississippi and Vanderbilt in recent seasons. It split a two-game series against Arkansas.
Auburn finished 18-14 last season, breaking a streak of seven straight losing seasons. Bruce Pearl is entering his fourth season as head coach.