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Dayton forward Obi Toppin has been awarded the Naismith Trophy as college basketball’s most outstanding player.
Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking.
Gonzaga closed the season at No. 2 in the final AP college basketball poll, adding to another streak in its burgeoning collection.
Gonzaga sophomore forward Filip Petrusev was named second-team All-America by CBS Sports and USA Today and third team by Sporting News.
The Bulldogs (31-2) remained No. 2 behind Kansas in the final coaches poll released Monday. The final AP Top 25 will be released Wednesday.
According to SportsLine’s simulations of every tournament game, Gonzaga was in for another magical tournament run but another finish one win shy of its ultimate goal.
Obi Toppin demonstrated his assortment of dunks while scoring 23 points with near-perfect shooting, and No. 4 Dayton clinched the Atlantic 10 title by beating Davidson 82-67 for its 18th straight victory.
Obi Toppin scored 22 points and led an opening 17-point spurt Tuesday night as No. 6 Dayton surged to an 81-67 victory over Rhode Island, dominating a match-up of the Toppin brothers and the Atlantic 10’s top teams.
Dayton’s role in the NCAA Tournament will be more than just as a starting point with the First Four this year.
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Jenn Wirth scored a career-high 19 points, Katie Campbell added 17 with five 3-pointers and No. 22 Gonzaga beat Dayton 76-65 on Friday in the Gulf Coast Showcase.
The Shockers’ powerful offense stalled out until the closing minutes, but their defense carried them through to a 64-58 victory over Dayton on Friday night in the South Regional.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Getting to the Final Four never gets old for Geno Auriemma and his Connecticut Huskies. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight year.
Lia Galdeira scored 21 points, Tia Presley had 19 and Washington State forced 30 turnovers to open the season with a 76-60 win over No. 22 Dayton on Friday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – First yet again this season, the Florida Gators want more. Much more. Try a national championship.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality minutes. An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply couldn’t keep up.
DAYTON, Ohio – For the last 14 years, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has started with play-in games and the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena. The home team? Didn’t even get in the bracket most times. This year, it’s flying high.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In an effort to make it a fair contest, men’s teams can’t play on their home court during the NCAA tournament. At least, that’s the goal. The Dayton Flyers could upset that plan.