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2016 NCAA Tournament: Dayton Flyers Earn 7-Seed In Midwest Region

The Dayton Flyers will be headed to Saint Louis for their first round game in the NCAA Tournament

Mar 5, 2016; Dayton, OH, USA; Dayton Flyers fans show support in the stands after the game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the University of Dayton Arena. The Flyers won 68-67in overtime.
Mar 5, 2016; Dayton, OH, USA; Dayton Flyers fans show support in the stands after the game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the University of Dayton Arena. The Flyers won 68-67in overtime.
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Dayton will be a 7-seed in the Midwest region, playing in Saint Louis in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Flyers will face off against the 10-seed Syracuse Orange in the first round.

Dayton finished the season 25-7, and 14-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. With a win over VCU in the regular season finale, the Flyers earned a piece of a three-way tie for the A-10 regular season title with the Rams and St. Bonaventure.

Top-seed Dayton easily handled Richmond in its first game of the A-10 Tournament, jumping out to an early 20-4 lead on its way to a comfortable 69-54 win. The Spiders never closed the gap to single-digits after the slow start. The Flyers fell to Saint Joe's 82-79 in the A-10 semifinals. After taking an early 24-18 lead, Dayton was unable to overcome a 12-0 St. Joe's run that gave the Hawks the lead for good.

Dayton finished the with an RPI of 21 and a Strength of Schedule of 48. The Flyers went 3-5 against the RPI Top 50 with one loss (Saint Joe's) coming on the road, two (Xavier, Saint Joes) on neutral courts and two (St. Bonaventure, Chattanooga) at UD Arena. Dayton easily handled teams ranked 51-100, posting a 100. The Flyers did struggle against some inferior competition, dropping a headscratcher at RPI no. 232 La Salle and losing at home to RPI no. 119 Rhode Island.

Dayton's late-season slump made seeding the Flyers a difficult task. The team was projected to be seeded anywhere between a 5-seed and a 9-seed.