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Let's Dance!
Let's Dance!
Published by Swampy Meadows
03-13-2017
Let's Dance!

BEVERLY HILLS (MI) -- The one hope of Flyer fans (including this one) at the end of every hoops campaign can be summed up in this solitary thought:

That the question is not if the Flyers are playing in the Big Dance, but where

We got our collective wish this year, despite a semi-meaningless loss to GW and a quarter final exit from the A-10 Tournament in Pittsburgh. Sure, UD Pride MB poster Tony T 71 still had to start his annual “UD Bubble Watch” thread, but truth be told, there was NFW the Committee was going to bounce a team with an RPI of 21 because of the above minor setbacks.

And they didn’t.

What they probably did do was move UD from a #6 seed to a #7; VCU came in at a #10 and URI as a #11.

That’s respect.

What they also did was match the Flyers up with a grossly under-seeded #10 in Wichita State. Thanks a lot guys.

That’s questionable.

The Committee also wisely neglected to include Syracuse, with their #84 RPI, 18-14 record and a penchant for not playing anybody on the road, as their 2-11 record away from the Carrier Dome indicates.

That’s progress.

Still, the Committee continued the annoying habit of pitting non-Power 5 conference teams against each other in the 1st Round, vis-a-vis, UD/WSU, Gonzaga/SDSU and St. Mary’s/VCU.

That still needs some work.

Lots to cover in this NCAA Tournament edition of “FTS”:

-- The NCAA and CBS/Turner Sports have released the tip times and announcer pairings for the NCAAs. Not only is UD/WSU in prime time on CBS, we get the A Team in Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson:

http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.c...ncer-pairings/

Coupla funny pieces on the irrepressible Raftery:

From competitor FoxSports.com:

http://www.foxsports.com/college-bas...phrases-030717

From The New York Post:

http://nypost.com/2017/03/11/bill-ra...ncaa-memories/

-- Quite a tribute to Big Steve from Jeremiah Bonsu in The Players Tribune:

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/un...teve-mcelvene/

-- If that doesn’t get you going, then this video surely will:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7veX70XSkM

-- Campus Insiders takes a look at the Flyers and Shockers:

https://campusinsiders.com/news/dayt...ew-03-07-2017/

-- Matt Norlander at CBS Sports includes UD/WSU in his list of “Top five must-watch first-round games”:

http://www.cbssports.com/college-bas...madness-games/

-- Meanwhile, Sports on Earth has WSU over UD as their #1 first round upset:

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...ng-first-round

-- Proving my point above about matching Dayton vs. WSU, Bleacher Report includes UD in a list of “Teams that got screwed by the NCAA Bracket”:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...e-ncaa-bracket

-- The Dayton Flyers rank #37 in terms of team nicknames:

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...kname-rankings

-- My buddy David Levy at Turner Broadcasting had a hand in wisely trimming the Selection Sunday Show from 90 minutes to 60 and cutting to the chase with the release of the brackets:

http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-bas...deznx2ytkpgeau

-- “The Sweet Tweets of the Week” come from a reliable source in Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports:

Wichita State and Dayton have combined for 10 total victories in the past three NCAA Tournaments. One of the best matchups in Round of 64.

And a totally unexpected one, in perennial knucklehead Doug Gottlieb:

Dayton over Wichita. Dayton starts all seniors, all tourney tested, not soft. Will be a good game, but UD is impeccably coached like WSU

That’s it “From the Swamp.”
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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