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NCAA tournament: Ohio State, Iowa State, Iona

In this triptych, OSU's Sam Thompson dunks during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

In this triptych, OSU's Sam Thompson dunks during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

More second round action: (2) Ohio State vs (15) Iona and (7) Notre Dame vs (10) Iowa State. OSU crushed Iona by 25 points. The game was a dunkfest for OSU’s Sam Thompson, seen above. Thompson scored a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. In the second game, Iowa State beat up on ND 76-58.

OSU's Aaron Craft pauses before tip off of an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

OSU's Sam Thompson passes before landing out of bounds during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

OSU mascot, Brutus, cheers during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

A ball falls through the net during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

OSU's Sam Thompson (12) pressures Iona's Sean Armand (22) as he shoots during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

Iona's Lamont Jones pauses during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

Iona's David Laury covers his face during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

The Iona team walks down court during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

Iowa State's Chris Babb reacts after a point during an NCAA tournament second round game between Notre Dame and Iowa State at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Iowa State won, 76-58.

Iowa State's mascot, Cy, cheers during an NCAA tournament second round game between Notre Dame and Iowa State at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Iowa State won, 76-58.

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NCAA Tournament at UD Arena: Indiana vs JMU

Indiana, the No. 1 seed in the west region, played (16) James Madison University during the second round. Here are a few of my favorites of Zeller, Oladipo, & co. Indiana won handily 83-62.

Indiana's Cody Zeller (40) dunks during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

From left, Indiana's Will Sheehey, Kevin Yogi Ferrell and Cody Zeller talk between plays during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Indiana's Kevin Yogi Ferrel reacts after a 3-pointer during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

indiana's Victor Oladipo dribbles during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Indiana's Cody Zeller dunks during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Indiana's Remy Abell (23) and Victor Oladipo cheer during a timeout in an NCAA tournament second round game against James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Photographers sit on the baseline during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

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NCAA Tournament at UD Arena: First Four

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

In March, the University of Dayton and UD Arena were privileged to host not only the NCAA Division I First Four but also the second and third rounds. With UD Arena being my home arena, I got to shoot it all. What an opportunity to shoot a lot of basketball!

For the start of this year’s tourney, UD Arena hosted North Carolina A&T vs Liberty, Middle Tennessee vs St. Mary’s (Calif.), LIU Brooklyn vs James Madison University, & Boise State vs La Salle. While they weren’t the most talented teams in the country, it was fun to have four games over the two evenings with the arena all NCAA’d out.

Here are my favorites from the eight hours of games from March Madness’ First Four.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Liberty's Andrew Smith catches a pass for an alley-oop during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Middle Tennessee State's Neiko Hunter shoots during an opening round NCAA tournament game against Saint Mary's at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Saint Mary's won 67-54.

Middle Tennessee State's Tavares Speaks (14) tries to shoot as a Saint Mary's defender pressures during an opening round NCAA tournament game at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Saint Mary's won 67-54.

Liberty's John Caleb Sanders shoots during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Liberty's Tavares Speaks covers his face as he walks off the court following a one point loss to North Carolina A&T during an opening round NCAA tournament game at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Liberty's John Caleb Sanders lays on the baseline after he missed a game-winning shot with less than two seconds remaining during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Boise State's Anthony Drmic reacts after the final seconds expire during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. La Salle won, 80-71.

LIU Brooklyn's Jamal Olaseware walks off the court after a loss during an NCAA tournament first round game against James Madison University at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. JMU won, 68-55.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Combo of shoes during  an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. La Salle won, 80-71.

JMU's Andre Nation (15) blocks LIU's C.J. Reed during an NCAA tournament first round game between LIU Brooklyn and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. JMU won, 68-55.

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Atlantic 10 basketball at Barclays Center: Part II

Virginia Commonwealth University's Briante Weber dives for a loose ball during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game against the University of Massachusetts at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Briante Weber dives for a loose ball during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game against the University of Massachusetts at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

This is a continuation from Part I, which can be seen here. I shot nine games over four days. It was difficult sitting cross-legged for so many hours, but it was worth it. It’s not everyday that I get to shoot in such a well-lit arena. This was a great warm up for the NCAA tournament games coming to UD Arena just a few days after this tourney ended. I’ll be posting my favorite frames from the tourney in an upcoming post.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Briante Weber dunks during a game against Saint Joseph's University during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

Virginia Commonwealth's Treveon Graham shoots under heavy pressure from Saint Louis defenders during the Atlantic 10 championship game at Barclays Center, March 17, 2013, in Brooklyn. SLU won 62-56.

Saint Louis' Dwayne Evans tries to grab a rebound during the Atlantic 10 championship game against Virginia Commonwealth at Barclays Center, March 17, 2013, in Brooklyn. SLU won 62-56.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Treveon Graham shoots during a game against Saint Joseph's University during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Treveon Graham shoots as he's pressured by University of Massachusetts' Maxie Esho during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth and Massachusetts player reach for a rebound during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

University of Massachusetts' Terrell Vinson (33) holds the ball away from Virginia Commonwealth's Briante Weber (2) during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth University head coach Shaka Smart talks to his team during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game against University of Massachusetts at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth's Rob Brandenberg gets fouled on the way to the basket by a Saint Louis defender during the Atlantic 10 championship game at Barclays Center, March 17, 2013, in Brooklyn. SLU won 62-56.

Temple University's Khalif Wyatt shoots under pressure  during an Atlantic 10 tournament game against University of Massachusetts at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. UMass won, 79-74.

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Atlantic 10 basketball at Barclays Center: Part I

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

In March, I had the opportunity to go to Brooklyn to cover the Atlantic 10 tournament at the brand new Barclays Center. The University of Dayton got knocked out in the first round, but I stayed around through the championship and made pictures. The facility is amazing– the media work room, the media meals, the court, the architecture, etc. I’m really looking forward to going back in March 2014. After a busy semester, here is part 1 of 2:

University of Dayton freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) trips during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) grabs a rebound during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) closes his eyes as he came off the floor late during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts after the final seconds expired after a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

From left, University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson and redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard hang their heads during a post game press conference after a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Xavier University junior Isaiah Philmore reacts to losing to Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 tournament, 58-57, at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Melvin Johnson lays a ball in during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

The Virginia Commonwealth University bench reacts to a 3-pointer during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Justin Tuoyo tries to grab a ball being inbounded during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

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Dayton falls at Xavier… yet again

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) shoots while getting pressure from Xavier University's Isaiah Philmore during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

The Xavier University student section holds up posters of the presidents who have been in office since the University of Dayton men's basketball team won against Xavier in Cincinnati during a game at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

UD hasn’t won against Xavier on their on turf since Jan. 10, 1981. Jimmy Carter was president then. The streak continued last night as they lost, 66-61.

From left, junior electrical engineering major Wade Schroeder and junior pre-medicine major Alex Bertke look over the court before a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) passes during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

Xavier University forward Jeff Robinson goes up for a dunk over University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller yells to his team during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) shoots while getting pressure from Xavier University's Isaiah Philmore during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) drives to the basket during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) is blocked by Xavier University forward Justin Martin during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

Xavier University guard Semaj Christon gets pressured during a shot by University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) and freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) during a game at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

The University of Dayton bench reacts after a Musketeer basket late in the second half during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) reacts as the seconds tick down late in the second half during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

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Dayton snaps Murray State’s 16-game streak

Murray State University senior guard Isaiah Canaan (3) dunks after a fast break during a game against the University of Dayton at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

The University of Dayton brought Murray State University’s 16-game road winning streak to a skidding halt, Dec. 22. The Racers came in as favorites considering its 75-58 win against UD last year and its advancement to the round of 32 in this past NCAA tournament. UD, coming off a one point loss to Illinois State four days earlier, played all out and surprised a lot of people with a 77-68 win. It was easily the most exciting game the Flyers have played at home thus far this season. The 12,500+ fans inside UD Arena were as loud as I’ve heard them in many games. It was electric!

Tech note: I set up a post remote with a D300s and a 17-35mm f/2.8 set to 17mm (thanks, Erik!) and got lucky a few times. I was also shooting with the Nikon D800e and some different glass for the game (thanks, Isaac!). Word to the wise: if you’re shooting the D800 for sports, make sure you have big CF/SD cards. Those ~37mb RAW files fill up cards very quickly, but the 36 gorgeous megapixels are a welcome change from the usual 12! Cropping heaven!

Murray State University senior guard Isaiah Canaan (3) dunks after a fast break during a game against the University of Dayton at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) pumps his fist as he comes off the floor late in the second half during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1) battles for rebound with University of Dayton freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) dunks during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) holds up his hands as UD junior forward Devin Oliver (5) falls down after Murray State University senior forward Ed Daniel (2) tried to put up a shot during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller pulls freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre off the court during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) lays in a ball as Murray State University senior forward Ed Daniel (2) puts on pressure at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) and Murray State University freshman forward Erik McCree (14) grab at a rebound during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

The University of Dayton student section cheers late in the second half during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1), senior forward Ed Daniel (2) and University of Dayton freshman forward and center Devon Scott (40) vie for  a rebound during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1), senior forward Ed Daniel (2) and University of Dayton freshman forward and center Devon Scott (40) vie for  a rebound during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots over Murray State University freshman forward Erik McCree (14) in the first half of a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) lays a ball in during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller talks to assistant coach Kevin Kuwik, left, on the sideline during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) and redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) react after the final buzzer during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

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UD falls short against Illinois State 74-73

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts to his team missing a last-second, game-winning shot during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts to his team missing a last-second, game-winning shot during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

The Flyers were back at home taking on Illinois State University, on Wednesday, Dec. 19. UD faced a physical and quick Redbird team that had them down by two at halftime. The Flyers battled through the second half and had 29 seconds to make the game-winning shot. Despite two attempts in the last 10 seconds, they could not get a shot to fall. The Flyers are now 8-3 on the season.

Even worse than the loss at home was redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard having to leave the game abruptly with about four minutes to go in the second half due to an apparent back problem. I was about five feet from him after he hobbled to the bench, and he sounded like he was in excruciating pain in his “whole back.” After a couple minutes of grimacing and cursing on the bench, he left the gym floor with team trainer Nate Seymour and did not return.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) dribbles down court during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Matt Derenbecker (15) drives into the lane and gets fouled during the shot by Redbird redshirt freshman guard Nick Zeisloft (15) during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) calls out to his teammates during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots an off-balance jump shot during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) gets fouled by Redbird senior forward Jackie Carmichael (32) during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) is blocked by Redbird senior forward Jackie Carmichael (32) during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots over a Redbird defender in the closing minutes of a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) drives inside during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton sophomore forward Alex Gavrilovic (25) jumps in front of Redbird senior forward Jackie Carmichael during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) is helped off the court by athletic trainer Nate Seymour, right, late in the second half during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Dillard did not return to the game. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Matt Derenbecker (15) attempts a 3-pointer during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts to his team missing a last-second, game-winning shot during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) hangs his head and walks off the court after losing a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miler walks off the court after his team couldn't make either of two last-second, game-winning shots against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

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University of Dayton women’s basketball at 11-0

University of Dayton senior forward Olivia Applewhite (4) and junior center Cassie Sant embrace after a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton senior forward Olivia Applewhite (4) and junior center Cassie Sant embrace after a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

The University of Dayton women’s basketball team is in the midst of its best season in its history. The Flyers have earned their highest rankings in program history with their No. 15 spot in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 16 spot in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Did I mention they’re on an 11-game winning streak? Tuesday, they went on the road and routed the University of Akron Zips (8-3) 90-59 to maintain the undefeated season.

Here are some of my favorite frames thus far this season.

University of Dayton senior guard Samantha MacKay (14) drives toward the basket during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton freshman center Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova (12) shoots during a game against the University of Toledo at UD Arena, Nov. 14, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton won 79-76.

University of Dayton women's basketball head coach JIm Jabir speaks to his team during a timeout during an exhibition game against Ashland University at UD Arena, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Ashland won 79-77.

University of Dayton sophomore forward Ally Malott (11) shoots over Ashland University senior Kari Daugherty (44)during an exhibition game against Ashland University at UD Arena, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Ashland won 79-77.

University of Dayton senior guard Samantha MacKay (14) laughs with assistant coach Shauna Green, left, during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

Players on the University of Dayton bench celebrate as the last seconds expire during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton senior guard Samantha MacKay (14) shoots during a game against Miami University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 83-61.

The University of Dayton women's basketball team celebrates at center court after a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 8, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton senior forward Olivia Applewhite (4) lays a ball in during an exhibition game against Ashland University at UD Arena, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Ashland won 79-77.

From left, the University of Dayton's Ally Malott, Abby Bush, Cassie Sant and Olivia Applewhite celebrate on the bench as the last seconds expire during a game against No. 13 Vanderbilt University at UD Arena, Nov. 18, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 71-66.

The University of Dayton women's basketball game huddles together after knocking off No. 13 Vanderbilt University at UD Arena, Nov. 18, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 71-66.

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Flyers shut down Florida Atlantic

University of Dayton sophomore forward Alex Gavrilovic (25) sets a screen on freshman guard Stefan Moody (42) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton sophomore forward Alex Gavrilovic (25) sets a screen on freshman guard Stefan Moody (42) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

The Flyers hosted Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena Dec. 15. After finding a bit of a rhythm over the last three games, the Flyers dominated the Owls. UD extended its winning streak to four, with the 81-56 victory. Here’s some of what I saw.

A dry erase board and water bottles sit near the Owls bench before a game between the University of Dayton and Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) lays a ball in during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) celebrates after a point during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) puts pressure on senior guard Greg Gantt (22) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) blocks a shot during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots between three Owl defenders during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) shoots a 3-pointer during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton sophomore forward Alex Gavrilovic (25) tries to grab a rebound over sophomore forward Kelvin Penn (44) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) tries to grab a rebound over sophomore forward Kelvin Penn (44) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots over Owls senior forward Jordan McCoy (21) during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) shoots during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 81-56.

University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Matt Derenbecker (15) shoots a 3-pointer late in the second half during a game against Florida Atlantic University at UD Arena, Dec. 15, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Derenbecker led the Flyers with 15 points. UD won 81-56.

Matt Derenbecker was lighting it up from beyond the arc. He went 5-of-8 for a career-high 15 points.

© 2012 Ethan Klosterman