Back home in March wasn't the plan for Swerlein

PERRYSBURG (WTVG) - The Dayton men's basketball team blew away expectations this season on their way a season-ending ranking of No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, and that included one first place vote.

Riding a 20-game winning streak, it all changed quickly last week in Brooklyn, where the team was preparing for the A-10 Tournament. Not only was that canceled but also the NCAA Tournament.

A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic ended a once-in-a-lifetime run for the Flyers.

"It's been a roller coaster," UD guard Drew Swerlein said.

The walk-on guard from Perrysburg made the team in October, and hasn't, in a sense, caught his breathe since.

That is until now. Drew is back home in Perrysburg at a time many expected Dayton to be in Cleveland as a NO. 1 seed in the tournament. That means they would have opened the tournament Friday, with a workout Thursday.

Instead Drew and his teammates are all trying not to dwell on what could have been for for the Flyers.