No this isn’t 1984, the 2014 Dayton Flyers will be making their first trip to the Elite 8 in 30 years after defeating the Stanford Cardinal Thursday night in the Sweet 16. With wins over Ohio State, Syracuse and now Stanford the Flyers have put together a very impressive post season resume so far.
Thursday night saw the same tough defensive team Dayton has turned into during the tournament, the same three point shooting team that got them to where they are at. Led by guard Jordan Sibert and his 18 points the Flyers offense was able to get up early and score often against Stanford.
The Dayton bench proved to be very beneficial Thursday as they accounted for 34 points. Twelve of those points came from Kendall Pollard who had a phenomenal night for the Flyers going 5-6 from the field.
Dayton got back to their A-10 style of play in the second half against Stanford. Spreading the floor and turning the game into a miniature track meet allowed Dayton to tire out the Cardinals and eventually put them away. 8-23 from beyond the 3 point line wasn’t that phenomenal but the Flyers still knocked down 24 point thanks to the three point ball.
The Flyers are going back to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1984. David has taken down Goliath on three occasions, they will now meet the winner of the Florida v. UCLA game on Saturday. The Flyers look to make their first Final Four since 1967 when they were National Championship runner ups.
Don’t get too crazy tonight Dayton.