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Dayton cruises into Elite Eight

Dayton’s Jordan Sibert, driving to the basket under pressure from Stanford’s Stefan Nastic, has 18 points and hits 4 of 9 3-pointers to help the 11th-seeded Flyers into their first Elite Eight since 1984.

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Dayton’s Jordan Sibert, driving to the basket under pressure from Stanford’s Stefan Nastic, has 18 points and hits 4 of 9 3-pointers to help the 11th-seeded Flyers into their first Elite Eight since 1984.

MEMPHIS — Jordan Sibert scored 18, Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 and Dayton rolled past Stanford 82-72 Thursday to make the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.

No. 11 seed Dayton (26-10) continued its underdog run, and this game wasn't particularly close. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and sinking 3-pointers, to help the Flyers lead for almost the entire game.

Dayton showed its depth early, using 12 players in the first half to slowly wear the Cardinal down.

"We had 11 guys score in the game, and from top to bottom, we kept coming and coming," Dayton coach Archie Miller said.

"They were relentless," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "That's the best way I can put it."

No. 10 seed Stanford (23-13) had the superior post play, but it wasn't enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 points but shot 5-of-21. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic, who fouled out with more than five minutes left, had 15.

Sibert made 7-of-12, including 4 of 9 3-pointers.

Dayton made just about everything early. Scoochie Smith's corner 3 put the Flyers ahead 15-13, and Powell, who averages nearly 14 points, was quickly banished to the bench with two fouls.

Foul trouble was a common early theme and a bigger problem for Stanford than Dayton.

The Cardinal relies on a six-man rotation; Dayton regularly plays 11 or 12. When the Flyers would lose a man to foul trouble, they would replace him with someone just as capable.

"A lot of people give us the Cinderella label," forward Devin Oliver said. "But to us, on any given night we can beat any team as long as we come prepared and are ready to play."

After the game, the Flyers stood at midcourt and flexed their muscles in celebration, a sea of red-clad fans hollering support from the bleachers above. With biceps bulging and triceps firing, Devon Scott, a burly 6-9 forward who had banged against the Cardinal big men all game, sent a message to America: "I made sure to let them know we weren't going anywhere."

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

Region semis Region finals Final Four Championship Final Four Region finals Region semis
South Memphis 1 Florida 79 1 Arizona 70 Anaheim, Calif. WEST
1 Florida at Arlington, Texas 1 Arizona
4 UCLA 68 4 San Diego St. 64
Saturday Saturday
11 Dayton 82 6:09, TBS about 8:40, TBS 6 Baylor 52
11 Dayton 2 Wisconsin
10 Stanford 72 2 Wisconsin 69
April 5 April 7 April 5
East New York 1 Virginia 6 or 8:30, TBS 9:10, Ch. 10 6 or 8:30, TBS 8 Kentucky Indianapolis MIDWEST
about 9:57 tonight, TBS about 9:45 tonight, Ch. 10
4 Michigan State 4 Louisville
Sunday Sunday
3 Iowa State 2:10 or 4:55, Ch. 10 2:10 or 4:55, Ch. 10 11 Tennessee
7:27 tonight, TBS 7:15 tonight, Ch. 10
7 Connecticut 2 Michigan

Dayton cruises into Elite Eight 03/27/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:16am]
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