November 25, 2015

Fear the Flyers

Looks like the Cardinal's probable second round opponent in the Gulf Coast Showcase will be a big challenge.

Graham Hayes (espnW) has updated his mid-major rankings and now ranks the Dayton Flyers No. 1 with this evaluation:

Since last rankings: Home wins against Yale (81-75), Vanderbilt (81-56), Wisconsin (87-64)

In the spotlight: Size, size and more size. While not to the extent suggested by a photo that makes it appear they invaded a gym used by the Keebler Elves, the Flyers are big. That size has them at No. 1, rather than struggling to adapt to life without Andrea Hoover and Ally Malott. A backcourt of Kelley Austria, Jenna Burdette and Amber Deane was always going to be the foundation. But 6-foot-2 freshman Maddy Dennis looks ready, 6-5 junior Saicha Grant-Allen has been double-double productive with expanded minutes alongside 6-4 senior Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova, and 6-3 junior Andrijana Cvitkovic produced when Grant-Allen was in foul trouble against Wisconsin.

Dayton coach Jim Jabir and coaches of other teams competing in the tournament talk about coaching and opportunities in: VanDerveer, Stanford headline Gulf Coast Showcase

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