#24 UD Flyers Men’s Basketball Heads To Brooklyn For Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship vs. Duquesne

By Bert Leeson

3 14 2024





Third-Seeded Flyers’ First Game Is Tonight At 7:30 P.M. ET


DAYTON –– The University of Dayton men’s basketball team, ranked 24th in this week’s AP and Coaches polls, will open the 2024 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday, March 14 against Duquesne in the tournament quarterfinals.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET.  Dayton is 24-6 overall and was third in the A-10 at 14-4.  UD’s four A-10 losses were by a total of 16 points.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, televised on USA Network and streamed on the NBC Sports App.  ESPN+. Streaming audio, video and live stats are available at DaytonFlyers.com.

Dayton closed the regular season with a 91-86 OT win over VCU.  UD trailed by as much as 17 in the first half .  The win clinched just the fourth perfect home season (15-0) in UD Arena history.

• Anthony Grant is on the Naismith National Coach of the Year the Late-Season Watch List, and will be recognized as an NABC Guardian of the Game at this year’s Final Four.
• DaRon Holmes II was named A-10 Co-Player of the Year and A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He was the only player on the first team and the defensive team.
• Holmes is on four prestigious preseason watch lists — Atlanta Tip-Off Club’s Naismith Award (Mid-Season Top 30), the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award (15-man ballot), the USBWA Oscar Robertson Watch List (top 40) and the Karl Malone Award (Top 5 finalist).
• Holmes leads the A-10 in scoring (20.1) and UD in rebounding (8.3).  He is the only player in the league’s top five in scoring, rebounding, FG%, and blocked shots.
• Holmes is now the Dayton career record holder for blocked shots (211) and dunks (236).
• He is one of two players in D-I who has more than 60 blocks, 60 dunks and 60 assists this season.  Zach Edey is the other.  Holmes has 64, 66 and 75 respectively.   Holmes also has 29 threes and is shooting .387 (29-75) from deep.  He had just seven threes coming into the year.
• He has been national player of the week three times (March Madness, USBWA Robertson Trophy, Lute Olson Award) and was A-10 Player of the Week five times (all in conference play).
• Nate Santos is Third Team All-Atlantic 10…  He was named to the Charleston Classic All-Tournament Team.  UD finished second in Charleston, falling in the finals to Houston.
• Santos needed 10 games to match what he scored in two years at Pitt (116 points in 54 G).
• Koby Brea is the A-10 Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career.  He is just the second two-time Sixth Man (James Posey of Xavier in 1997 and 1998. Brea leads the nation in 3-pt. FG% (min. 2.5/game.).  Brea is shooting .497 (89-179).
• As a team, Dayton is third in D-I in 3-pt. FG% (.407, 288-708).  The school record is .392.
• Brea is third at UD in career 3-pt. FG% (.431, 213-494).  Norm Grevey is second (.432).
• Kobe Elvis missed his first free throw of the season, and made his next 37, breaking old the UD record held by Damon Goodwin and Darrell Davis.
• Javon Bennett leads the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.4) by nearly a full assist (2.6).
• Enoch Cheeks has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games (twice in first 20).
• Malachi Smith was injured seven minutes into the opener, and after successful surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, is out for the rest of the year.

• UD will play Loyola, St. Bonaventure or La Salle in Saturday’s semifinals at 3:30 p.m. ET.