Dayton seeks first victory vs. top-five team in 35 years

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 3:07 PM

Dayton against Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Lahaina Civic Center.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton against Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at the Lahaina Civic Center.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

Neil Sullivan doesn’t want to “get too far ahead of his skis,” but the Dayton Flyers athletic director sees what everyone else has seen in the Maui Invitational: a Dayton team living up to its potential.

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“It’s exciting for what it is for these couple games,” Sullivan said Tuesday after an 89-62 victory against Virginia Tech in the semifinals. “I think they’ve played really, really well. It’s the first phase of a marathon sprint into March, but I think it’s OK to have checkpoints along the way clearly and so I think the pace of the marathon obviously looks pretty good right now.”

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Dayton is 5-0 for the first time since 2015-16 and will play No. 4 Kansas (5-1) at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the championship game at the Lahaina Civic Center.

According to the Dayton media guide, the program has played 57 games against top-five teams in its history and won 11 times. Eight of those victories came before 1970. Dayton last beat a top-five team in 1984, knocking off No. 3 DePaul 72-71 at UD Arena.

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Kansas is the highest-ranked team Dayton has played since it lost 66-59 to No. 4 Virginia last season in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

“That’s why we’re here,” Sullivan said. “You’ve got to play teams that are NCAA-caliber teams. You’ve got to play the best to be the best.”
Highlights: Dayton closes first half with 20-5 run vs. Virginia Tech(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)
Highlights: Dayton lands knockout blow in second half vs. Virginia Tech(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)