Dayton TBT team optimistic about fan support, potential to play at UD Arena

DAYTON — With the start of their campaign in the 2021 The Basketball Tournament only days away, the team comprised of mostly former Dayton Flyers is already feeling the support of the UD community.

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The Red Scare is training ahead of their first game in Columbus Saturday for the $1 million winner-take-all tournament. And if there was more of an incentive than the prize money, if the Red Scare reaches the quarterfinals they’ll have the chance to play on familiar ground at UD Arena where the final rounds will be held.

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“Just the amount of people I’ve already heard buying tickets and asking for more information, all Dayton fans obviously, I think it’ll be close to sold out just like a couple years ago down at Capital (University),” Red Scare head coach, General Manager, and former Flyer Joey Gruden told News Center 7′s James Rider.

“I think we’re definitely going to have a home court advantage compared to the Armenian team who they probably won’t have any fans there. I think it will definitely give us a big edge that will help us out go as far as we want.”

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The Red Scare will need to win three games to advance to the quarterfinals at UD Arena. For former Flyer Ryan Mikesell, the chance to possibly play in front of the home crowd again has provided some extra motivation.

“My last game at UD Arena we were cutting down nets and celebrating a championship. Just to have an opportunity to go back there and play in front of fans again is unbelievable it’s something I never thought I’d get a chance to do again,” Mikesell said.

“Anything can happen no matter who we play, what type of talent is in front of us. Whenever you have home court advantage it can swing you into a situation where you almost feel like you’re invincible out there on the court.”

Mikesell said the team is comprised of several former Flyers that will be familiar faces for UD fans and had standout careers while playing for Dayton.

“Guys like Devin Oliver, Kyle Davis, Darrell Davis, it’ll be fun to play with new guys this year Jordan Siebert, Devon Scott, those guys have had a lot of success in that Dayton uniform. For us to all get together and hopefully mesh and win six games is going to be exciting,” he said.

With not all teams in TBT able to hold a training camp, the Red Scare hope familiarity and bonds off the court are an extra advantage for them.

“I think a lot of team’s chemistry on the court has to do with a lot of it off the court, hopefully we can mesh with one another together,” Mikesell said.

James Rider

James Rider

I was born in Virginia and have moved several times in my life as a member of an Air Force family. I've lived in Virginia, California, Germany, England, and Ohio. I graduated from Centerville High School and then went on to attend Ball State University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree.