As the Dayton Flyers head into their latest game against Virginia Commonwealth University, there is much to consider. Senior guard, Cheeks, has been embracing his role, taken on a smaller role in the last two seasons at Robert Morris, but has remained an essential part of the Dayton offense, bringing crucial points and rebounds to the team and filling a role they need. The Flyers are currently ranked 18th and are chasing a NCAA tournament berth and an Atlantic 10 Conference championship.
Their previous victory against Saint Joseph’s, a game Cheeks stated, “Every game is a battle,” puts them in a great position. Dayton is 19-3 with a 9-1 standing in the A-10 and will face Virginia Commonwealth University, who has also been on a winning streak, winning 7 of their last 8 games. In their recent game, VCU handed Richmond its first A-10 loss, 63-52.
As the series history between Dayton and VCU is outlined, VCU leads the series and has won 10 of the last 14 games in the series. However, the Flyers are confident in their preparation, led by Coach Anthony Grant, who states, “New team, new coaching staff. We’ll learn as much as we can over the next couple of days, and we’ll be ready to go,” in preparation for the VCU game.
Furthermore, the importance of players such as Max Shulga, Joseph Bamisile, Zeb Jackson, and Sean Bairstow in VCU’s roster has been highlighted, showing how they have become some of the top players after following Coach Ryan Odom from previous teams.
Dayton’s strengths, weaknesses, stats, rankings, and overall goals have been discussed, highlighting the Flyers’ strong performance from Elvis, who contributed significantly to the team against Saint Joseph’s. This game is crucial for both teams, with Dayton hoping to secure an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. The game is set to air on ESPN2, Friday, at 7 p.m. The atmosphere at the Siegel Center is expected to be intense.