Dayton Notebook

News, notes, and quotes on KU's second-round NCAA tournament game with Dayton today (1:30 CST) at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, while wondering if sophomore guard Sherron Collins can carry KU to a national championship like Danny Manning did in 1988, when the Jayhawk legend averaged 27.2 points in six games during the Big Dance.

Sherron Collins scored a career-high 32 points against North Dakota State on Friday in KU's opening-round victory.

RICH FLYERS' HISTORY

While Dayton won  just its first NCAA tournament game since 1990 over West Virginia on Friday, the Flyers have a rich basketball history. Dayton won more games (435) than any other school in both the 1950s and 60s. UD has made 14 NCAA tourney appearance and advanced to the national championship game in 1967, where the Flyers lost to UCLA. Dayton, which also made the Elite Eight in 1984, has earned six Sweet 16 appearances. The Flyers won the NIT in 1962 and ‘68, reaching the NIT finals six times during the 1950s and 60s. They were ranked No. 2 (AP) for most of the 1955-56 season.

LAST & ONLY MEETING
    
Dayton and Kansas have met just once before in 1968 in the NIT Finals (UD won 61-48 at Madison Square Garden in New York). That KU team featured junior guard JoJo White (15.3 ppg), senior forward Rodger Bohnenstiel (13.7 ppg), and junior center Dave Nash (10.0 ppg).

HIGH-FLYING FLYERS

Dayton set a new single-season record for dunks just 19 games into this season. The Flyers' current total of 116 is 55 more than the 61 slams  by the 2003-04 team. Dayton had a school-record nine dunks against UNC Greensboro and matched that one month later with nine against St. Bonaventure. Sophomore forward Chris Wright, who had five dunks in UD's first-round victory over West Virginia, leads the team with 53 slams.

RECORD-BREAKING SEASON

Dayton won the most regular-season games (25) in school history. The Flyers were also undefeated at home and have the nation's fourth-longest home winning streak at 20.

COACHING SUCCESS

Dayton head coach Brian Gregory recently agreed to a five-year contract extension. He's posted a 125-67 record in six seasons at UD and taken his team to two NCAA tournaments with the Flyers' last berth coming in his first season in 2004.

"I'm just really pleased that they feel confident in what we're doing," Gregory said. "I mean it's great for me. It's great for our program. I couldn't be happier."

APPLETON GRIEVING

KU junior guard Tyrone Appleton flew home to Gary, Ind., after the North Dakota State game on Friday to attend a close friend's funeral Saturday morning. He was expected to rejoin the team 7:30 Saturday night. KU coach Bill Self said the victim — who was shot to death — was a cousin of KU signee Elijah Johnson.

"It does put a perspective on everything," Self said. "Basketball is important and of course it's why we're all here and all that kind of stuff, but it is not certainly life or death, which a lot of (people) go through and we just kind of pass it by as it is not that big a thing. You know that these guys (like Appleton)  are really, really hurting inside."

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