March Madness is finally here! For College Basketball fans across the country, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For fans of the game in Ohio, it’s an especially great time. Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati all made the tournament. Our hometown Dayton Flyers also made the tournament and will be playing in the NCAA First Four, held right in our backyard at the University of Dayton arena. We put together all the information you need to know about the Flyers and the NCAA March Madness tournament.
Who Are the Flyers?
The flyers, coached by Archie Miller, come into the NCAA tournament with a record of 25-8. As a member of the Atlantic 10 conference, the team made it all the way to the conference tournament finals, where they lost to the VCU Rams on Sunday 65-71. Dayton is led by Redshirt Senior Jordan Sibert, who is averaging 16.5 points per game. Sophomore Kendall Pollard is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game, followed by Junior Dyshawn Pierre who is averaging 12.7 points per game. All three players are top of the conference in production. Sibert was named First Team All-Atlantic 10, Pierre was named Second Team All A-10 and Pollard was the winner of the Most Improved Player Award. You can follow the team on Twitter here: @DaytonMBB.
What’s the First Four?
The NCAA Tournament selection process can be a little confusing. 68 teams are selected by a committee based upon factors including win-lose record and strength of schedule. Each Division I conference has a tournament at the end of the season. The winner of each conference tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. There are 32 conferences, which leaves 36 more spots in the tournament. The committee determines the rest of the 36 teams in the tournament. The last four teams the committee deems worthy of playing for a National Championship, play in what is called the First Four, held in Dayton, Ohio. This year, the Dayton Flyers will play Boise State on Wednesday, March 18 at UD arena. The winner will play Providence in the first round of the tournament.
March Madness is an exciting time and there are a variety of ways to get involved in the action. Thousands of people will fill out a bracket to have invested interest in the tournament. It’s fun and exciting to do with a group of friends, family members or co-workers. Social Media is also buzzing around this time of the year. Here are a few good accounts to follow for all the tournament action:
Popular hashtags around the tournament include #MarchMadness, #LetsDance and #FinalFour.
For the Dayton community, perhaps the best way to get involved is to come out to UD Arena and support the Flyers in the First Four match-up against Boise State on Wednesday. Tickets to the game are on sale now! If you are at the game, tweet us and show your Flyer Pride!
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