Dayton Does a Happy Dance at Home
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Has an 11-seed ever had it so good?
Dayton's odds of getting that far are 300:1, but gotta love their head start.
The Flyers and 99% of their fan contingent at the First Four will sleep in their own beds after tonight's game ... in Dayton:
And that percentage won't dip much for their next task: a first-round game against 6-seed Providence ... in Columbus.
Still, amidst the circumstances, Boise State did this one to itself.
The burning memory may be of this non-call on the game's final shot:
The reality is the Broncos shouldn't have had to shoot from there in the first place, much less hope for an official to blow the whistle on a play that's an offensive foul, anyway, even though it's stupidly called the other way virtually all of the time. So much for the so-called principle of verticality.
Boise State folded in crunch time because, even though its offensed flourished all game with back-cuts and crisp passing, it got dribble-happy. The Other Miller Brother in the Dance correctly anticipated that -- face it, point-guard ball bouncing is a silly staple of final-minute hoops -- and doubled the ball. So, as with seven of the Broncos' last eight possessions, he missed. Trying to put the game in the referees' hands only compounded the mistake.