Archive for March, 2009

Buckeyes Fall in Double Overtime to Siena

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker in a 74-72 double overtime thriller to the Siena Saints Friday night at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. 

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Even if the Buckeyes had won Friday night, I still think they would lose to Louisville in the second round.  The way the Buckeyes play slow-tempo, out-of-synch on offense, zone-defense the whole game, and how they had trouble handling the zone trap from Siena, no way would they have a chance against the defensive pressure and the uptempo of #1 seed Louisville.

Overall, the Buckeyes can be proud of another 20 win season and another NCAA tournament appearance and can look forward to another season with the same players (no graduating seniors this year) that will have more expereince playing together.  Hopefully next year, they will be a better team than this year’s team and can make a run in the NCAA tournament. 


Ohio State vs Siena @ Rivals Video

Dayton Upsets West Virginia to Advance to the 2nd Round

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

For the first time in 19 years, the Dayton Flyers will be playing in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. The last time the Flyers advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament was in 1990 when they beat Illinois 88-86, before losing to Arkansas 86-84 in the second round.  

The #11 seed Dayton Flyers upset the #6 seed West Virginia Mountaineers 68-60 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota Friday afternoon and set themselves up with a second round date with last years defending national champion, the #3 seed Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday at 2:30PM.

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Dayton was nine point underdogs and played a great game and suprised most people.  In fact, only 16% of Yahoo Tourney Pickem users chose Dayton to win against West Virginia.  The Flyers played great defense, made critical baskets and free throws down the stretch to hold off a Mountaineers comeback. 

If Dayton defeats Kansas on Sunday, they will play the winner of the Michigan State/USC game next week in Indianapolis in the Sweet Sixteen.  Dayton is going into the game again as nine point underdogs, but I think the Flyers will play well and pull off the upset.  

Maybe in this years NCAA tournament, Dayton can be the George Mason of 2006 and make it to the Final Four.


West Virginia vs Dayton @ Rivals Video