And then there were 12

The Dayton Flyers are the big story from the sports desk of Ribbie’s Weblog.  In their Sweet 16 game against a tall Stanford club, the 11 seed Dayton Flyers soared to new heights knocking down 8 threes and breezing to a ten point win to reach the Elite 8.  The last time Dayton advanced to the Elite 8 was 30 years ago.  Florida has had the easiest ride so far of any #1 seed.  Coming out of the least competitive South bracket, they have defeated Albany (16), Pittsburgh (9), UCLA (4) and will face Dayton (11) in the Elite 8.

On the first night of Sweet 16 play, here’s what went down:

  • The three California teams lost – Stanford, San Diego and UCLA.
  • Florida won extending the SEC undefeated streak in the tournament to 7 games.
  • After Baylor and Stanford lost, there are only 2 private universities left:  Dayton and Louisville.
  • Arizona, Florida and CT do not border any of the states with teams left in the tournament.
  • UCLA missed 15 three points shots shooting only 16.7% beyond the arc.  Florida made 8, shooting 38% from three point land.
  • Dayton had 19 assists; Stanford just 10.
  • Baylor made 31% of its shots – 18/57 and was only 2/15 beyond the arc.
  • Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, the pride of Lisle, IL had 6 blocked shots against Baylor. The 7 footer went 8/11 and scored 19 points.
  • Arizona shot 23/48 for 48%; 5/12 behind the arc.

Who will join Dayton, Florida, Arizona and Wisconsin to complete the Elite 8?  We shall see.  Let the games continue!