It’s that time of year, again: basketball season.

After an incredible Elite Eight run last year, the Flyers are back and hoping to be better than ever.

The value of a deep tournament run like the ones made in March cannot be overstated. Because of the men’s basketball team, the university was represented in an incredible light on a massive scale for almost a month.

UD was on the cover of national papers and the lead story on news programs all over the nation. When people turned on ESPN, they saw scenes of a community in ecstatic celebration, of a university president – our president – crowd surfing with students after we beat Syracuse.

Who wouldn’t want to go to that university?

When people turned on their televisions last March and saw how our campus reacted to the basketball team’s success, people from all around the world wanted to be us. They wanted to be students at the University of Dayton, celebrating like they had all just won the lottery.

The Flyers women’s basketball team shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Like the men’s team, they also made the tournament last year. They are currently ranked 22nd in the USA Today preseason poll and Andrea Hoover, last year’s Atlantic 10 Player of the Year is returning. Both teams are looking to have another strong season, so be sure to support your fellow Flyers this year at every game.

An active student section is something the university is known for and looks to continue. Hopefully, these teams will make deep tournament runs again, and we’ll have more reason to celebrate in March.

For now, sit back and enjoy the games.

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