Failure to Fly: Dayton Continues Downward Spiral Toward NIT

Jon AltenaCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2008

If you’re a Dayton Flyers fan, you may need to consider some kind of help. Whether it is anger management, depression, or choking (like your fellow team) counseling is available.

The Dayton Flyers started off the 2007-2008 campaign with a bang. After winning 14 of their first 15 games Dayton seemed to be destined for great things. With wins over No. 11 Louisville, No. 6 Pittsburgh, and No. 20 Rhode Island, Dayton was for sure thinking NCAA's, no doubt.

With the easiest part of its schedule coming up and a ranking of 14, Dayton controlled its own destiny. Then reality set in. With an injury to stud freshman Chris Wright (10.4 ppg 6.0 rpg), the Flyers began to fizzle.

Since the hot start, the Flyers have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games. While Bracketology is still looking at the Flyers as a possible tournament team, I would begin to look for the cheapest available NIT tickets you can find.

With losses to LaSalle, Richmond, and Duquesne, the Flyers seem to have lost all hope of a tournament birth. To make things worse, if the Flyers are counting on making a late run, they can think again. With games remaining against No. 12 Xavier and St. Josephs, Dayton will need to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament to get a bid.

Dayton has not made the NCAA tournament since 2004, and has not won a game at the dance since 1990 under Jim O'Brien.