1. Biggest March Madness Snubs – Dayton Flyers
If there is one mistake that the selection committee made in terms of teams getting into the field it came at the expense of Dayton. The March Madness selection show revealed that Dayton was the first team out of the field, getting bumped earlier today when Richmond stole the A-10’s automatic bid by beating Davidson.
This is a tough break for the Flyers, who lost to the Spiders yesterday when star guard Malachi Smith got hurt with 17 minutes to go. Smith’s absence led to a collapse from Dayton, which lost by four to give Richmond a shot to take their bid away.
The worst part of Dayton’s resume was a brutal stretch in November where they lost three straight Quadrant 4 games at home in the non-conference schedule, which undoubtedly put the Flyers as close to the cut line as they were. Dayton did have the ability to make up for it with a slew of quality wins, including a neutral-site victory over Kansas in November, a win over Virginia Tech in non-conference play and a key win over Davidson to end the regular season.
There is a strong argument to be made that Dayton should have gotten in ahead of Notre Dame, which was 2-8 in Quadrant 1 games and feasted on a bad ACC to stack up a ton of empty-calorie wins. Flyers fans can rightfully argue that their team got hosed but that can often happen to a mid-major school in March.
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