Still dancing: No. 11 seed Dayton into Elite 8

 

Dayton defeated Stanford eighty two-72 to advance to the Elite Eight for the primary time since 1984.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers have been pressing and passing, capturing and scoring. The waves by no means seemed to stop coming, with 10, eleven after which 12 gamers giving them high quality minutes.

An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply could not keep up.

The underdog Flyers – an 11 seed on this South Region – are actually in the Elite Eight for the primary time since 1984 after an emphatic eighty two-72 victory over Stanford on Thursday evening.

"We had eleven guys rating within the sport and from prime to bottom, we stored coming and coming," Dayton coach Archie Miller said. "The best way they shared the ball and moved the ball.. it was a real workforce effort. It's good that on the most important stage, we acted like ourselves."

Jordan Sibert scored 18 factors and freshman Kendall Pollard added a season-excessive 12, as Dayton (26-10) made sure this one wasn't significantly close after slipping by in the first two rounds. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and draining three-pointers, to assist the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.

Dayton confirmed its depth early, using a dozen players in the first half to put on down Stanford.

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

No. 10 Stanford (23-thirteen) had the superior put up play, nevertheless it wasn't enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 factors, but shot 5 of 21 from the field. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic – who fouled out with more than 5 minutes left – had 15.

Dayton, the last remaining of the six Atlantic 10 teams in the discipline of sixty eight, will play top total seed Florida on Saturday. The Gators beat UCLA seventy nine-sixty eight late Thursday night.

Sibert finished 7 of 12 from the sector, together with 4 of 9 from 3-level vary. He had loads of help, including from Pollard, a 6-foot-6 guard who frequently obtained to the basket and helped the Flyers stretch their lead within the first half.

"Folks have been doubting us and not giving us plenty of credit," Sibert mentioned. "I do know these guys. I know what coach needs. We all need to win. On the end of the day all of us need to be considered winners."

Pollard was averaging two factors per game, however Miller didn't hesitate to provide him large minutes once he bought scorching.

"This guy's a big-time winner," Miller stated. "He isn't afraid of anything."

Devin Oliver scored 12 factors and Matt Kavanaugh added 10. Dayton's bench had a 34-2 scoring advantage over Stanford.

The Flyers had been good in just about every side, capturing forty eight.three p.c (28 of 58) and dishing 19 assists on 28 area objectives.

They made nearly the whole lot they threw on the basket early. Scoochie Smith's corner three-pointer put the Flyers ahead 15-13 early and Stanford's Powell – who averages almost 14 points per game – was shortly banished to the bench with two fouls.

Foul bother was an early theme, and a much larger problem for Stanford.

The Cardinal rely on a six-man rotation. When the Flyers would lose a man to foul bother, they merely replaced him with someone who was simply as capable.

Issues went from unhealthy to worse for Stanford late within the first half. The Cardinal fell behind by double-digits and Dawkins was called for a technical foul. Dawkins said it was the correct name.

"I used to be simply more or less making an attempt to get my crew going," Dawkins said. "I thought we had been shedding momentum, we had already burned a timeout and it was a scenario the place I needed to get our guys fired up."

It didn't work.

Sibert nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to provide Dayton a 42-29 lead, though the Flyers had to settle for a forty two-32 halftime benefit.

Stanford made a comeback early in the second half – as well-known Cardinal supporters Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on – thanks to sturdy publish play.

But the Cardinal simply couldn't stay out of foul hassle. Nastic – who was main Stanford with 13 factors on the time – picked up his fourth foul with greater than thirteen minutes remaining and fouled out with more than 5 minutes left.

Stanford managed to tug inside sixty four-58 after Powell made the bucket and free throw after being fouled, but the Cardinal couldn't get any nearer. The Flyers merely kept sending waves at the Cardinal, scoring from inside and out in the last minutes.

Both groups had made impressive runs to make it so far. Dayton had knocked off in-state rival Ohio State and Syracuse whereas Stanford has dispatched increased-seeds New Mexico and Kansas.

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ESPN analyst and Super Bowl winner Trent Dilfer can’t decide on the final Elite 11 quarterbacks

Trent Dilfer is a very perceptive, intuitive analyst. No one is denying that. The question is whether he knows how to make tough decisions when he has to. He certainly proved he could do that as a quarterback, but now he seems to be struggling to make similar calls when evaluating top prep talent.

Trent Dilfer takes his role as Elite 11 instructor almost as seriously as being a QB — GettyTrent Dilfer takes his role as Elite 11 instructor almost as seriously as being a QB — Getty

As noted by MaxPreps, Dilfer was scheduled to cut six players from a final group of 18 QBs that Nike had gathered in Beaverton, Ore. After evaluating all 18, Dilfer had quick read, impromptu power rankings for the entire 18-player set, yet still decided to have all 18 continue rather than make the six cuts he had originally planned on.

That’s not to say that Dilfer is begging out of his duties to select the 11 quarterbacks who will take place in the eventual Elite 11 Showcase. Far from it. In fact, to the contrary, Dilfer may be taking his duties too seriously. By mulling over all final decisions for longer than he anticipated, Dilfer is essentially reinforcing just how seriously an honor he considers an Elite 11 selection to be.

That’s a laudable commitment to prep football for a guy who spends nearly all his time (and earns just about all his money) for commenting on the NFL. Still, it also may be placing a bit too much emphasis on a completely fabricated, marketing driven honorary camp for anyone’s good. This is not a Purple Heart, this is a hype-engineered “honor” bestowed by Nike.

We’re talking the American shoe company, not the Greek goddess.

Case in point: When asked which quarterbacks among the 18 still standing would make the final Elite 11, Dilfer told MaxPreps, “If you put a gun to my head,” … No one is going to put a gun to the Dilfer’s head for anything, let alone a decision about ranking prep quarterbacks.

(For the record, Dilfer pointed to K.J. Carta-Samuels, Sean White, Brad Kaaya, David Blough, Kyle Allen and Deshaun Watson as the most impressive heading into 7-on-7 competition).

Is Dilfer’s delayed timetable a reason for celebration or scorn? Perhaps it’s both. On the one hand, having a quarterback with a Super Bowl ring dedicating hours of research and deliberation over cutting six teens who are already well set up with collegiate scholarship offers speaks to just how far prep football has come in the national psyche.

By the same token, just because prep football has reached such a visible platform doesn’t mean it is necessarily an entirely good thing. Fifteen years ago, all 18 of the quarterbacks now facing off for a spot in the Elite 11 event could have lived for another six to eight months in relative anonymity, at least on a national level. Now they’ll all have to deal with being full blown B grade celebrities, whether they make the cut for the competition or not.

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Homer Bailey is latest to join the elite club of pitchers with multiple no-hitters

Homer Bailey became the 31st pitcher in baseball history to throw multiple no-hitters by stifling the bats of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. It's an elite group of pitchers that includes some bona fide legends (Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Cy Young, Christy Mathewson), some current stars (Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay) and a few guys that date all the way back to the late 1800s.

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Who will be next to join this group? Well, current pitchers who already have a no-hitter include Felix Hernandez, Matt Cain, Clay Buchholz, Anibal Sanchez, A.J. Burnett, Matt Garza, Francisco Liriano, Jered Weaver and a handful of others.

King Felix seems like the obvious favorite, but if we were asking this question before Tuesday, not a lot of people would have picked Bailey. That's the great thing about no-hitters. We never know which pitcher could surprise us.