Here’s what you should know about the 21-4 Dayton Flyers basketball team

Even if you don’t follow sports closely, you might be hearing people around you talk about the Dayton Flyers basketball team.

Part of you is thinking that it might be time to hop on the bandwagon.

We’ve got you covered with some basic information about the team to get you started.

They’re hot

The Flyers are 21-4 on the season. The team has hit a challenging stretch in their schedule but are heading into their next game at George Mason on Wednesday with a two-game winning streak. They are 11-2 against teams in their conference.

Nationally ranked

Dayton is ranked No. 16 nationally in the Associated Press poll.

In other rankings, Dayton is No. 19 in the NCAA Evaluation Tool, No. 24 on, No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 28 on, No. 24 on and No. 23 in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

» What to know about Dayton’s history in the Top 25

Who is their best player?

DaRon Holmes II (No. 15), a 6-foot-10 forward, is having a standout season as a junior.

Through 25 games, he has averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds 2.5 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game.

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

This season, Holmes has won the A-10 Player of the Week Award three times.

Thirty players from across the nation, including Holmes were recently named to the Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Midseason Team. The Naismith Trophy is presented annually to the best player in college basketball.

Holmes is also a finalist for two other national awards: the Wooden Award, another national player of the year honor, and the Karl Malone Award, which honors the nation’s best power forward.

» Archdeacon: The ‘basketball character’ of Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II

Who is their head coach?

The Flyers are coached by Anthony Grant, who is in his seventh season.

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

Grant was the consensus national Coach of the Year following the 2019-20 season.

Before coaching at Dayton, Grant had been on the coaching staff of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Grant graduated from the University of Dayton in 1987, and he was the Flyer’s co-captain as a senior.

What conference are they in?

The Dayton Flyers compete in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10). The Flyers are in first place in their conference, which has 15 teams.

Where do they play their home games?

The Flyers play their home games at University of Dayton Arena, located at 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd. The arena opened in 1969 and has a seating capacity of 13,409.

Dayton Daily News reporter David Jablonski recently wrote about his experience publishing a book about the history of UD Arena.

Who is the best Dayton Flyer of all time?

The Flyer Faithful will debate that question forever. Roosevelt Chapman, Don May, Henry Finkel, Brian Roberts, Jim Paxson Jr. — the players at the top of the all-time scoring list — will get votes. Obi Toppin would get some votes even though he only played two seasons.

In a Dayton Daily News fan poll, Don May received the most votes. Here’s what fans had to say about him and other favorites.

When to they play next?

Dayton next plays at George Mason (17-8) at 7 p.m. today.