Dayton Flyers announce 5 games as part of developing, changing non-conference schedule

Dayton Flyers announce 5 games as part of developing, changing non-conference schedule
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 07: Dwayne Cohill #35 of the Dayton Flyers reacts against the George Washington Colonials in the first half of a game at UD Arena on March 7, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers announced the dates and opponents for five games to start their 2020-21 season, but told fans to be prepared for the schedule to evolve.

The Flyers open the season with an exhibition at UD Arena against Cedarville Nov. 28 at 2 p.m., the university’s athletic department announced Friday. The regular season will also start at UD Arena with the Flyers taking on the Southern Methodist Mustangs Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

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Three days after the SMU contest, Dayton will play IPFW on Tuesday, Dec. 8 with the time for that game still to be determined.

Rounding out the Flyers’ current non-conference schedule will be back-to-back games against Southeastern Conference teams. Dayton will play their sole non-conference game away from UD Arena against Mississippi State in Atlanta Dec. 12 at noon as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving event.

The Flyers return to Dayton to take on Ole Miss Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Dayton will see a break of 11 days after the Ole Miss game before opening Atlantic 10 Conference play against La Salle, also at UD Arena.

Dayton has already had multiple games on their schedule cancelled due to COVID-19. The Flyers were originally set to open the regular season Dec. 1 against Bellarmine. However Bellarmine cancelled the game Thursday due to rising COVID-19 cases on their team.

Dayton was also set to play in a midseason tournament in South Dakota, however they pulled out of the tournament earlier this month due to the high COVID-19 positivity rate in South Dakota. Ohio State was also scheduled to play in that tournament but also pulled out.

Fans were told to expect more changes to the non-conference schedule, including the potential for additional games to be added.

“Changes to the schedule, including additional games, will be announced as the schedule evolves due to the current COVID-19 pandemic,” an athletics department spokesperson said in a media release.