DAYTON vs. STANFORD HOW TO WATCH AND GAME INFO
WHAT: South Regional Semifinal
WHO: 11-seed Dayton vs. 10-seed Stanford
WHEN: Thursday, March 27 7:15 ET/4:15 PT
WHERE: FedEx Forum, Memphis
TV: CBS/March Madness Live
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Dayton Flyers (Atlantic 10 at-large)
• Round of 64: 60-59 vs. No. 6 Ohio State
• Round of 32: 55-53 vs. No. 3 Syracuse
Stanford Cardinal (Pac-12 at-large)
• Round of 64: 58-53 vs. No. 7 New Mexico
• Round of 32: 60-57 vs. No. 2 Kansas
This rare dual double-digit seed Sweet 16 showdown pits a pair of teams that had to sweat out Selection Sunday.
Dayton was hot at the end at the end of the season, winning four straight, including at Saint Louis. But a third consecutive loss to Saint Joseph’s to bump the Flyers from the Atlantic 10 tournament, a stretch losing five-of-six in January and a confounding nonconference loss to USC put Dayton squarely on the bubble.
Likewise, three straight near the end of the regular season made Stanford’s Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal against Arizona State a must-win for NCAA tournament entry.
Now that both are in, they’ve proven they belong. No two Sweet 16 opponents have more impressive opening weekend wins than Dayton and Stanford. And both are equally capable of taking one more step closer to the Final Four.
The Cardinal are long and athletic with 6-foot-11 Stefan Nastic in the middle, 6-foot-10 stretch-four Dwight Powell and versatile 6-foot-7 swingman Josh Huestis. Guard Chasson Randle complements the big Trees with explosiveness off the dribble.
Stanford used their size to frustrate Kansas in the Round of 32, and will aim to do the same against a much smaller Dayton lineup. Flyers head coach Archie Miller recognized the challenge in his press conference Wednesday, via ASAPSports.com:
They present a lot of problems for us on both ends, their size and they’re very skilled. Watching them here of late, particularly in the first two rounds, thought they did a great job in and around the basket with their [physicality]. Offensive rebounding from a couple of spots is very concerning, just all in all.
But Ohio State was big. Syracuse was really big. We’ve played Gonzaga and Cal and Baylor. They were big. And it’s not really about playing against big people. It’s about executing your system versus the different styles that you play against.
Thus far in the tournament, the Flyers have executed a game plan predicated on forcing turnovers and low-percentage field goal attempts that can turn into transition opportunities. Dayton features any number of explosive playmakers–Jordan Sibert, Dyshawn Pierre and Vee Sanford–which will make for an interesting styles clash against the bigger Cardinal.