MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WDTN) – You might call it the calm before the storm. The Dayton Flyers are preparing to play in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.
Naysayers and the team’s struggle early in the season would suggest that the team shouldn’t be among the elite. Players say otherwise.
“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t think about it. It’s true, when you come from starting out 1-5 in conference to be in this position right now, it’s just a blessing to be able to share this with these guys,” said Jordan Sibert, Flyers guard.
Excitement is now mixed with anticipation of what is ahead for the Flyers as they take on the #1 seed in the tournament, the Florida Gators.
Tip-off is at 6:09 p.m. and the Flyer faithful are ready to cheer their team onward as the team is one win away from the Final Four.
“This group of guys, it being my senior year, being 40 minutes from the Final Four, there should be no reason but to come out guns blazing, playing as hard as you possibly can,” said Devin Oliver, Flyers forward.
The Flyers are a 10.5 point underdog. We know what that means to the Flyers. They just keep winning.
The Flyers are 26-10 on the season, the Gators 35-2. The Gators are on a winning streak since December 2.
The Flyers left Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford in the dust to reach the Elite Eight. The Gators made it past Albany, Pittsburgh and UCLA to meet the Flyers Saturday evening.
As far as security goes here in Dayton, police are calling in reinforcements from several departments, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol to control any crowds that gather. The University of Dayton is urging students to celebrate responsibly.
Thursday night’s disturbance after the Stanford win ended with more than two dozen arrests and five police officers injured.
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