It’s never to early to think about the NCAA tournament. Five weeks before Selection Sunday, the Flyers look like a No. 8 or 9 seed, but they have some work to do if they want to make sure they’re not sweating on March 12 — or they could win the Atlantic 10 tournament that day and take away all the suspense.
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The Flyers did themselves a big favor by not losing at Fordham on Tuesday. The Flyers don’t have any great wins (beating No. 44 Rhode Island is their best) but don’t have any sub-200 losses. Massachusetts, though, is heading that direction. It is 1-5 since beating Dayton and has fallen to No. 163 in the RPI. Fordham is No. 212.
Here’s where a few of the experts predict the Flyers will land in the Big Dance:
Joe Lunardi, ESPN: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Minnesota in Buffalo, N.Y.
Jerry Palm, CBS: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 California in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Michael Beller, Sports Illustrated: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Minnesota
In his bubble watch, Beller writes : “The Flyers have been safely in our field of 68 every week, and checked in as a No. 7 seed this week. Their best win of the season, however, is over bubble-riding Rhode Island. They have one win against a team in our field of 68, and that came against Southern Conference powerhouse East Tennessee State. No offense to the Buccaneers, but a win over them isn’t exactly an NCAA tournament imprimatur. Dayton is still in strong position for an at-large bid, but that could change with a couple of bad losses.”
Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Clemson in Buffalo.
131Sports: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Marquette in Tulsa.
Bracketologist: No. 8 Dayton vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech in Tulsa.
Bracket Matrix: Dayton’s average seed is 8.41, and it is listed on 88 of 89 brackets.