Numbers prove Dayton's skill
There seems to be quite a bit of surprise about Dayton’s impressive run so far, considering they came into the tournament with 10 losses, finished tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 regular season and were seeded 11th. But looking deeper into the numbers, it’s easy to see why the Flyers might have been overlooked.
1: Number of times senior Devin Oliver was held scoreless this season. He went 0-for-11 from the field Jan. 11 against St. Louis. Dayton’s second-leading scorer has averaged 11.9 points per game.
3: Point differential in Dayton’s two tournament wins: a one-point victory against Ohio State and a two-point win vs. Syracuse.
3: Number of games Dayton won the last time they reached the Sweet 16, in 1984. The Flyers, seeded No. 10 that year, defeated No. 7 LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 6 Washington in the West Regional before losing to eventual champion Georgetown.
5: Number of players on Dayton’s roster hailing from Ohio. Matt Kavanaugh (Centerville), Jalen Robinson (Columbus), Devon Scott (Columbus), Jordan Sibert (Cincinnati) and Brian Vonderhaar (Cincinnati).
5: Number of No. 11 seeds that have gone on to win their next game after reaching the Sweet 16, most recently done by Virginia Commonwealth in 2011.
6: Number of times sophomore Dyshawn Pierre has reached double digits in scoring in the past seven games.
6: Head coach Archie Miller’s age in 1984, when Dayton reached the Elite Eight.
10-0: Dayton’s record when the Flyers shoot better than 40 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
11-0: Dayton’s record when the Flyers hold opponents to less than 60 points.
11: Players on Dayton’s roster who have played in 33 or more games. Of those, nine have played more than 400 minutes.
14: Number of teams on Dayton’s schedule to this point with 20 or more victories. The Flyers are 8-6 in those games, with three of the losses to St. Joseph’s.
23: Number of times junior Jordan Sibert has scored 10 or more points this season. He leads the team with a 12.4 average.
42.9: Sibert’s 3-point shooting percentage. He’s 79-for-184 from behind the arc this season. That’s good enough to place him in the top 25 nationally.
50: Dayton’s Division I ranking in rebound margin. The Flyers are out-rebounding the competition by an average of 4.1 per game, despite having no players taller than 6-11.
665: The number of consecutive games in which Syracuse had made at least one 3-pointer, before Dayton held the Orange to 0-for-10 from beyond the arc.
Dayton’s next opponent Thursday in Memphis – 10th-seeded Stanford – has had a similar run through the tournament (upset wins against New Mexico and Kansas), so neither team should be taking the other lightly. Certainly the Cardinal can’t overlook the Flyers, not at this point.