Dayton has been selected to host the men’s First Four NCAA basketball games from 2016-2018, continuing a run as the host of the tournament tip-off games for a total of 18 consecutive years. NCAA committee chair Scott Barnes says the choice to keep the tournament's opening games in Dayton is a reflection of the city's passion for the game and past success as a First Four host.
“When you think about Dayton’s track record in hosting the First Four and the community and how they’ve embraced this event since its inception really, it’s just been remarkable,” he said.
The University of Dayton is preparing its bid to bring the NCAA First Four men’s basketball games back to Dayton. Last season, the Dayton Flyers went to the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years. The First Four games and the Flyer’s recent success highlight the growing economic impact of UD basketball for the city.
March Madness is continuing for the University of Dayton Flyers men's basketball team following Thursday night's win in a Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game held in Memphis. Dayton's 82-72 victory will send the Flyers to the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years.
With thrilling tournament wins over Ohio State and Syracuse already under their belts, the 11th-seeded Flyers used a smothering, aggressive defense along with an unselfish offensive effort to chop down the taller 10th-seeded Stanford Cardinal team.
The Dayton Flyers are headed to Memphis Thursday—and so are a bunch of excited University of Dayton fans. The Flyers will play Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen after two upset wins in the NCAA men’s basketball playoffs last week, the first time in 30 years the Flyers have made it that far in the playoffs.