That is how this Dayton team will be remembered once the threat of the coronavirus has passed and sporting events in the U.S. resume. That might be weeks or months from now, and the NCAA made the right call by canceling the three-week tournament.It took the magic away from the moment, but Boeheim’s point about the Flyers will stand the test of time.It truly was a magical team. “This is a magical Dayton team — probably the best Dayton team I can remember in modern basketball,” Boeheim said. “They have a legitimate shot to go the Final Four, even win.”MORE: Canceling March Madness is for the best — but oh, what might have beenDayton, which had a 29-2 record heading into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, will be stuck with that unique place in NCAA basketball history. After all, it was the three confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ohio on Monday that in part began the chain reaction of college cancellations knowing that the First Four was supposed to be played in Dayton on March 17-18.It was the right call to cancel the tournament. We cannot over-emphasize that enough. Yet it will leave that “what if” question for teams that believed they could win it all.With all due respect to the other six teams that had championship odds of 12-1 or better, the Flyers had the most compelling story. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3a/40/obi-toppin-031320-getty-ftrjpg_1xqnd9b04cfww12d7w8xvkbkcl.jpg?t=-730924496&w=500&quality=80 Kansas (9/2), Michigan State (8/1), Duke (10/1) and Kentucky (12/1) are all Final Four regulars. It would have been awesome to see any of these teams do it again — especially the Spartans knowing guard Cassius Winston lost his brother Zachary on Nov. 10, 2019.Gonzaga (8/1) could have made that elusive championship run under coach Mark Few. Baylor (12/1) could have made that Texas Tech-like breakthrough with Scott Drew. We are not devaluing any of those programs or what it would have meant for those schools to win it all.Dayton, however, fit the Cinderella profile a little more than everybody else.MORE: Tracking positive COVID-19 tests in sportsThe Flyers have not been to the Final Four since 1967, when they ran into the first of UCLA’s seven straight national championship teams under John Wooden in the title game. Before he was known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lew Alcinfdor had 20 points and 18 rebounds in a 79-64 victory.The Flyers have been waiting to get back ever since. Elite Eight runs in 1984 and 2014 were thrilling, but this year’s team was the first one that fit the national championship mold.After all, Dayton had the perfect player to lead that run. First-team All-American Obi Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and would have captivated those who had not seen him, much like Davidson’s Stephen Curry did in 2008.Curry led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight before NBA stardom. How far would Toppin have taken the Flyers with each high-flying dunk? Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/15/obi-toppin-018188-getty-ftrjpg_cnlpp5jeaw2412vrm5i1jfw1i.jpg?t=-732936560&w=500&quality=80 Toppin had help, too. Guards Jalen Crutcher (15.1 points per game), Trey Landers (10.5 points per game) and Ibi Watson (10.1 points per game) all averaged double figures, and Anthony Grant was Sporting News’ Coach of the Year. It’s one of those teams that had all the right pieces.For the Atlantic 10, a conference that has not had a Final Four team since Marcus Camby led John Calipari-coached Massachusetts to that round in 1996, it would have been huge. This was the conference’s best shot since Jameer Nelson and Delonte West led St. Joe’s to the Elite Eight in 2004. That was a fun team with the same profile.Instead, we are left to wonder how the Flyers would have reacted to that spotlight. It’s going to wind up being a hypothetical much like neighboring Cincinnati in 2000, which still laments losing Kenyon Martin to a broken leg before the 2000 NCAA Tournament.MORE: What if Cincinnati didn’t lose Martin in 2000? The 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament was canceled Thursday because of the threat of coronavirus in the United States, and a national champion will not be crowned for the first time since 1939.Every one of those 68 teams will make their own unique national title case, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim in an interview with ESPN was quick to single out one.