Dayton clinches second-straight A-10 title, appears primed for postseason run

During a one-week span in early February, VCU turned deficits with 0.4 seconds in consecutive games into shocking wins. Either a result of being awarded extra time for a premature court storm or for drawing a charge foul in a place where it’s almost never called, both games were unlikely VCU wins in what could be best summed up with a Joey Bosa ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

But it seems that good fortune ran dry in that early February run. VCU’s close loss to Rhode Island on Saturday opened the door for Dayton to secure an outright Atlantic-10 regular-season title on Wednesday night in front of its home crowd, and the Flyers seized the opportunity to avenge their loss to Will Wade’s team earlier in the conference schedule. Dayton is back-to-back A-10 champs after beating the Rams, 79-72.

The Dayton victory, the Flyers’ ninth straight in league play, not only clinches the outright regular-season crown but also secures the top seed in the upcoming A-10 tournament in Pittsburgh.

It’s another notch in the budding resume for Archie Miller, who has not only led his team to consecutive conference titles, but also to three straight top-two finishes.

The sustained level of success is why Miller, if or when he chooses, will be one of the top coaching commodities in the country. He’s built Dayton into a power program year in and year out and shown that the Flyers can compete with the nation’s best. But right now, Miller has one focus: parlaying this one into a postseason run.

“This game should propel us to some momentum in March,” Miller told CBS Sports Network. “We have a group that’s playing as collective as we’ve had in a long time, so I’m really happy for our team and for our fans.”

Dayton has one game remaining, at George Washington, before the postseason starts in one week. Currently projected as an 8-seed in Jerry Palm’s bracketology, the Flyers will be a dangerous team once the NCAA Tournament begins.

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