The Dayton Flyers will play a top-five opponent in the regular season for the first time since 2009 when they face No. 4 Virginia at 4 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Dayton lost 71-65 to No. 5 Villanova in 2009 in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
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Virginia is the highest-ranked opponent Dayton has faced at any point in the season since it played No. 1 Florida in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in 2014.
Here are five things to know about Dayton’s opponent:
All-time series: Dayton and Virginia have played twice. The Cavaliers won 74-67 on Feb. 16, 1987, at UD Arena and 69-50 on Dec. 9, 1987, in Charlottesville, Va.
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Streaking Cavs: Virginia has won 22 straight games in the month of November. The team has won its last five Thanksgiving tournaments: the Emerald Coast Classic, the Charleston Classic, the Barclays Center Classic, the Corpus Christi Challenge and the NIT Season Tip-Off).
Top players: De’Andre Hunter, a 6-7 redshirt sophomore guard, and Ty Jerome, a 6-5 junior guard, lead the team with 14.5 points per game.
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Rotation: Four Virginia starters played 30 or more minutes Wednesday in a 74-52 victory against Middle Tennessee. Like Dayton, Virginia played what was largely an eight-man rotation.
Early schedule: Virginia has not been tested in its first four games. Middle Tennessee, No. 167 in the Ken Pomeroy rankings, is the highest-ranked opponent it has played. It beat another Atlantic 10 team, George Washington, 76-57 in its second game.
Here's Dayton Daily News coverage of the first Dayton vs. Virginia game on Feb. 16, 1987. Anthony Grant scored nine points in Dayton's loss at UD Arena. pic.twitter.com/PtGWfejpO3— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) November 22, 2018
Coverage of the last Dayton vs. Virginia game on Dec. 9, 1987, from the @daytondailynews. Virginia won 69-50 in Charlottesville. The Flyers were never in the game, Bucky Albers wrote, and trailed by 17 at halftime. The teams haven't played since but will meet today at 4. pic.twitter.com/9JVfrfcRhe— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) November 22, 2018