Flyers Win! University of Dayton to play Florida in Elite 8

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WDTN/AP) - The Dayton Flyers are part of the Elite 8!  They will play the Florida Gators Saturday. That game is also in Memphis, with tipoff scheduled for 6:09 p.m. In the meantime, the Flyers sent Stanford packing for home at the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.

The final score was 82 – 72.  The leading scorer for the Flyers was Jordan Sibert with 18, followed by Devin Oliver and Kendall Pollard with 12 apiece.

The No. 11 seed Dayton Flyers used their pressing and fast-paced offense to blow past No. 10 Stanford, beating the Cardinal 82-72 to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.  “They were relentless,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “That’s the best way I can put it.”

“We had 11 guys score in the game and from top to bottom, we kept coming and coming,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “The way they shared the ball and moved the ball … it was a true team effort. It’s nice that on the biggest stage, we acted like ourselves.”

The excitement at the FedEx Forum in Memphis was palpable. UD fans packed the stands. Hundreds more were watching at UD Arena, local bars and restaurants.  Students came flooding out of their houses in the so-called ‘UD Ghetto’ to celebrate, dousing our 2 NEWS crews with beer.

The road to the Sweet Sixteen for both teams was strewn with upsets. The Flyers overcame The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Syracuse Orange while Stanford defeated New Mexico and Kansas.  Now, the Flyers can add Stanford to their list.

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