MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Fans of the Flyers give Dayton their very own road game pep rally despite playing at home in the First Four.
Fans filled the front entrance of the Double Tree in Miami Township waiting to welcome their hometown team back home to play in the NCAA tournament.
The rally was organized in the afternoon on Monday but was able to draw hundreds of fans cheering on the Flyers.
After Dayton’s deep run in the 2014 NCAA tournament, fans are excited to see what the team can do this year.
“My expectations are for them to go far,” said Dr. Willie Morris with the University of Dayton Pep Band. “Take it all the way to the top. I always expect that.”
Some fans, however, feel the tournament’s selection committee may have underrated the Flyers.
The University of Dayton is scheduled to play in the First Four as an 11-seed and were said to be one of the last four to make it into the tournament. The selection came hours after the Flyers loss to Virginia Commonwealth University in the Atlantic-10 championship game.
Fans said the Flyers will not be the only ones holding a grudge.
“In a way, you see students walking around like there’s a chip on our shoulders, too, and we’re not even playing in the games,” said Ryan Phillips, a student at the University of Dayton.
Fans decided to give their team a rally to know the city is behind them in this year’s tournament.
The Dayton Flyers will play Boise State on Wednesday at the University of Dayton Arena. Game time is set for 9:10 p.m.
The winner will go on to play Providence on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.