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Archive for March 7th, 2020

George Washington visits #3 Dayton tonight at 7 pm

TIPPING OFF: The regular season concludes on Saturday with a trip to #3 Dayton. Tip-time between the Colonials and Flyers is set for 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ and can be heard on the TuneIn radio app.

A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIO: Heading into next week’s Atlantic 10 Championship, the Colonials have yet to solidify their seeding with one game remaining. The seeding scenarios for GW entering Saturday are:

GW will be the No. 10 seed with a La Salle loss at Saint Joseph’s and will play on Thursday at 6 p.m.

GW will be the No. 11 seed with a La Salle win AND a Colonials’ loss at Dayton and will play on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: Redshirt senior Armel Potter finished with 16 points and five assists in his final game at the Smith Center. Junior Maceo Jack and first-year Jamison Battle each finished with 10 points apiece and knocked down four of GW’s five 3-pointers. The Colonials held a 48-43 lead in the second half, but Fordham finished on a 20-5 run to defeat GW, 63-52, on Wednesday.

JACK’S SPOTLIGHTMaceo Jack has been the top-scoring Colonial over the last five games, averaging 15.6 points per game with 16 of his 24 made field goals from behind the arc. Jack is currently second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg).

10-10-10: Battle has scored 10 points in each of the last three games and has knocked down a total of 12 field goals with six 3-pointers during the stretch.

POTTER’S FINISH: Potter has scored double digits in five of the last six games and is averaging 14.8 ppg and 7.0 apg since returning to the lineup at George Mason on Feb. 15. 

SERIES HISTORY: The all-time season series record is tied 18-18 with Dayton winning three of the last five meetings against GW. The home teams have dominated the series with Dayton holding a 12-4 mark at UD Arena while GW is 13-4 at the Smith Center.

SCOUTING DAYTON: The Flyers won their last 19 straight games and are trying to become just the fifth team in the Atlantic 10 to go undefeated in league play. The last team to go undefeated in the A-10 was the 2005-06 Colonials.

Obi Toppin was named a semifinalist for the Citizen Naismith National Player of the Year Award and a finalist for the Karl Malone Award on Thursday. He leads the Flyers in points (19.8) and rebounds (7.6) and is shooting nearly 63% from the field. Toppin has reached double figures in all but one game this season with 10 double-doubles.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors goes to Dayton’s Obi Toppin

Obi Toppin with a rebound against Davidson (courtesy Dayton Athletics)

Flyer Forward Made 10-Of-11 Shots In UD’s Regular-Season-Championship-Clinching Win

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – University of Dayton forward Obi Toppin was named the Atlantic 10′s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his performance in Dayton’s wins at George Mason and against Davidson at home.  The Davidson win secured an outright A-10 Regular Season Championship for the Flyers.

The redshirt sophomore from Brooklyn Toppin averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds as Dayton’s two wins clinch the A-10 regular season championship.  He shot .696 (16-23) FG, .500 (3-6) 3-pt., and .700 (7-10) FT.  He scored 19 at George Mason on Tuesday, and then on Friday’s title-clinching win vs. Davidson, he had 23 points with 12 rebounds, and made 10 of 11 of his field goal attempts (3-4 3-pt.). He also had four assists.

Also during the Davidson game, he surpassed Chris Wright’s Dayton career record for dunks.  Toppin now has 179 dunks in 62 games and needs four to reach 100 this season.

The only player in Division I who is averaging 19.0 points a game, 7.0 rebounds a game and shooting over 60% from the field, Toppin has earned plenty of national recognition.    He is on the watch list of five national awards, including the Wooden Late Season Watch List and the Mid-Season USBWA Oscar Robertson Watch List .The Athletic tabbed him its Mid-Season Player of the Year. The Sporting News has named him one of its First Team Mid-Season All-Americans.

The Flyers tied the A-10 record for single-game FG% in the Davidson win (.723, 34-47).  It was also the second-best single-game mark at Dayton (Coach Anthony Grant played in the record-setting game –.775, 31-40 vs. South in 1985-86).  Dayton made 27 of 28 two-point field goals in the game, missing just its first two-pointer of the evening.

Dayton is 27-2 for the first time in school history, has won 18 games in a row in a single season for the first time since the Flyers won 20 in 1951-52, and are 16-0 in the A-10 for the first time ever.  The 18-game winning streak is tied with New Mexico State for the longest in the nation.

UD is back on the court Wednesday, when the Flyers play at Rhode Island.  Game time is 9 p.m. ET.  The Flyers will close out the regular season on Saturday at sold-out UD Arena against George Washington at 7 p.m. ET.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers star Obi Toppin Semifinalist for Citizen Naismith National Player of the Year Award

Toppin One Of 10 Named By Atlanta Tip-Off Club

 

ATLANTA, Ga. — University of Dayton redshirt sophomore Obi Toppin is one of 10 outstanding men’s college basketball players who were named today as semifinalists by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club for the Citizen Naismith Trophy.  The Naismith Trophy is presented annually to the top collegiate men’s basketball player.

The other semifinalists are Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State), Luka Garza (Iowa), Markus Howard (Marquette), Myles Powell (Seton Hall), Peyton Pritchard (Oregon) and Jalen Smith (Maryland).

The only player in Division I who is averaging 19.0 points a game, 7.0 rebounds a game and shooting over 60% from the field, Toppin continues to earn plenty of national recognition.    The best player on the No. 3 team in the nation, he is on the watch list of five national awards, including the Wooden Late Season Watch List and the Mid-Season USBWA Oscar Robertson Watch List .The Athletic tabbed him its Mid-Season Player of the Year. The Sporting News named him one of its First Team Mid-Season All-Americans.

Obi Toppin (Megasportsnews.com photo)

Toppin currently averages 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds a game, while shooting .631 (228-361) from the floor and .388 (31-80) from three-point range.  One of the most efficient players in the country, he averages nearly 20 points a game on just over 12 shots a game.  In Friday’s win over Davidson that clinched the 2020 Atlantic 10 regular season championships, Toppin had a double-double (23 & 12) and made 10 of 11 shots from the floor, including three of four three-pointers.

The four finalists will be announced on March 17, 2020.  The 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the Naismith Awards Brunch presented by Invesco QQQ on April 5, 2020, during the Men’s Division I Championship weekend in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club’s national voting academy, comprised of leading journalists from around the country, current and former head coaches, former award winners and conference commissioners, all of whom base their selections on outstanding on-court performances during the 2019-20 college basketball season, will vote for the four finalists.

Dayton will close out the regular season Saturday at sold-out UD Arena on Senior Night against George Washington.  Game time is 7 p.m. ET.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Flyers’ Obi Toppin named finalist for Karl Malone Award

“Naismith Starting Five” Fan Voting Presented by Dell Technologies to Open is open now At HoophallAwards.com

 

Karl Malone 1997 photo Copyright by Steve Lipofsky Basketballphoto.com; By Copyright by Steve Lipofsky Basketballphoto.com, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that University of Dayton forward Obi Toppin is one of five finalists for the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its sixth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.

The only player in Division I who is averaging 19.0 points a game, 7.0 rebounds a game and shooting over 60% from the field, Toppin continues to earn plenty of national recognition.    The best player on the No. 3 team in the nation, he is on the watch list of five national awards, including the Wooden Late Season Watch List and the Mid-Season USBWA Oscar Robertson Watch List .The Athletic tabbed him its Mid-Season Player of the Year. The Sporting News named him one of its First Team Mid-Season All-Americans.

Toppin currently averages 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds a game, while shooting .631 (228-361) from the floor and .388 (31-80) from three-point range.  One of the most efficient players in the country, he averages nearly 20 points a game on just over 12 shots a game.  In Friday’s win over Davidson that clinched the 2020 Atlantic 10 regular season championships, Toppin had a double-double (23 & 12) and made 10 of 11 shots from the floor, including three of four three-pointers.

Obi Toppin

The other finalists for the 2020 Karl Malone Award are Yoeli Childs (BYU), Killian Tillie (Gonzaga), Jalen Smith (Maryland) and Reggie Perry (Mississippi State).

This month, the finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Naismith Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, March 6 via hoophallawards.com.

The winner of the 2020 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2020, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting Five. Additional awards being presented and receiving support from Eaton Ephesus Lighting include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award, in addition to the Women’s Starting Five. Additional information about the telecast will be released by ESPN in the coming weeks.

Dayton will close out the regular season Saturday at sold-out UD Arena on Senior Night against George Washington.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

#3 Dayton Flyers ends regular season home schedule with visit from George Washington

Flyer Seniors Trey Landers & Ryan Mikesell To Be Honored In Pre-Game Ceremonies

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers will close the regular season and honor seniors Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET when George Washington comes to visit UD Arena. UD is 28-2 overall and 17-0 in the A-10.  Dayton is tied with New Mexico State for the nation’s longest win streak at 19. UD is the 2020 Atlantic 10 regular season champions and finished the season undefeated on the road after Wednesday’s 84-57 win at Rhode Island.

Trey Landers

Ryan Mikesell84-57 win at Rhode island.

Dayton is off to its best start ever at UD at 28-2, (previously 23-2) with both losses in OT to Top 20-caliber teams — Kansas in the Maui Invitational finals and Colorado in a buzzer-beater at the Chicago Legends.  UD is third in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, televised by Spectrum News 1 and streamed on ESPN+.  Streaming audio, video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

THE TRANSFORMED UD ARENA
The University of Dayton has completed a three-year, $76.2 million transformation project of UD Arena in time for the Arena’s 50th anniversary season. The project transformed the 50-year-old facility into a state-of-the-art venue.  The upgrade, the largest construction project in University history, modernizes the Arena without losing the “soul of the bowl” – the atmosphere that has made UD Arena one of the best places to watch college basketball.

#TRENDING
• Coach Anthony Grant is among the top contenders for National Coach of the Year honors.   He is a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award, and a finalist for the Wooden Coach of the Year Award. He is also under consideration by two other major outlets.
Dayton’s No. 3 ranking is its highest since the Flyers were ranked third in the last four polls of the 1955-56 season. UD has been ranked in the Top 20 for 14 consecutive weeks this year.
• Obi Toppin is the only player in Division I who is averaging 19 ppg and 7 rpg, with 62% FG%.
• He is also the only player in the A-10 Top 10 in FG% (1st) and 3-pt. FG% (6th).
• Toppin had his 100th career dunk during the Virginia Tech game in Maui, which was just his 20th start and 38th career game. He now has 184 in 63 games, the Dayton career record.
• The Brooklyn native was the eighth-fastest Flyer to reach 1,000 points.
• Seth Davis named Jalen Crutcher college basketball’s “Best Supporting Actor” during CBS Sports’ college basketball studio coverage on Jan. 25.  In Atlantic 10 Conference games, he is the only player in the top seven of the guard-oriented stat categories — scoring (9th), assists (6th), 3-pt. FG’s (T-6th), 3-pt % (5th), FT% (2nd) and A/T ratio (2nd).
• UD is first nationally in FG% (.526, 848-1612) and is fourth in assists (17.6).
• Seven different Flyers have scored in double figures this season. Six have led UD in scoring.
• Dayton tied the A-10 single-game FG% record (.723, 34-47) in the Davidson win.

UP NEXT
• UD is the No. 1 seed in next week Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, to be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  UD’s first game will be on Friday, March 13 at 12 noon ET.

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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