DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- The University of Dayton Men’s basketball team has been selected to compete in the NCAA tournament. Tickets are on sale and sure to go fast.
Dayton will take on Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Buffalo on Thursday. The team plans to leave for Buffalo Tuesday afternoon.
Fans erupted with cheers in Milano’s on Brown street as the announcement was made. University of Dayton students said it was an indescribable feeling.
“We were thrown away like two months ago,” said Cameron Braig, who is a senior at UD. “It was thought that we weren’t going to get in and now we’re back, we’re here and we’re dancing.”
Cameron Braig is a student manager for the men’s basketball team and plans to go Buffalo, New York for the game. Both he and fellow classmate Kyle Duffy are ecstatic UD made the tournament during their senior year.
“Since I got on this campus, I’ve been a huge fan,” said Duffy. ” I watch every game and I thought we were going to play in the First Four in Dayton, but I’m so pumped we are playing Ohio State.”
All eyes will still be on the city of Dayton, as it is host of the kickoff to March Madness. Teams selected to compete in the First Four will arrive in Dayton as early as Monday for practice at UD Arena. Games will be played Tuesday and Wednesday.
The tournament brings thousands of people to the area and this year is expected to pump up to $5-million into the local economy. The Montgomery County Visitor’s Bureau is rolling out the red carpet. Teams will be greeted at area hotels, many of which are booked solid due to the tournament. Businesses and restaurants are also adding staff in anticipation of large crowds.
“We will be greeting the basketball teams as they arrive to Dayton,” said Bev Rose who is with the Montgomery County Visitor’s Bureau. “We will make sure all school colors are represented with balloons in the lobbies of the hotels. We will have banners and welcome signs. An actual red carpet will be rolled out for teams as they exit the bus. We really want to make the First Four experience like a Final Four experience and because Dayton is such a basketball community I think thats easy for us to do here.”
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