Outsiders continue to be amazed that a school like Dayton could be in the Elite 8. DAYTON. Our friend Ryan Brown @RyanBrownWJOX from WJOX radio in Birmingham, AL tweeted this morning: “Dayton—DAYTON—-is headed to their third Elite Eight. Our entire state has three.” I grew up there. Partied at UD. Went to UD games since I was a kid. Mom lived a couple blocks from Brown St. I used to buy CDs at Trader Vic’s.
We’ve been waiting for a return to the old days for a long time, but Dayton basketball tradition has never faded.
This has to do with the basketball tradition built at Dayton during the 1950s and 1960s when the Flyers played against UCLA in the 1967 national championship game. Dayton basketball was all Dayton people had. Wright State wasn’t even a DI basketball school until the 1987 season. And if you’ve ever been to UD Arena, you know why Dayton basketball is special. The place is huge and is always filled.
The Flyers averaged 12,316 fans a game this season. UD Arena capacity is 13,435.
So don’t be shocked Dayton has a date with Florida for a trip to the Final Four. These things happen to the Flyers about every 30 years.