MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Kavanaugh has watched over the past several years as mid-major programs like Butler, VCU and George Mason have made runs to the Final Four.
The 6-foot-10 Dayton center says the Flyers would be a good addition to that list.
But another upstart double-digit seed stands in the way of that dream.
No. 11 Dayton (25-10) faces No. 10 Stanford (23-12) on Thursday in the Sweet 16 of the South Region with the winner earning a shot at playing for a spot in the Final Four.
Both have reached this point by winning games against favored opponents. Dayton toppled Ohio State and Syracuse. Stanford foiled New Mexico and Kansas.
Now they’re into the second weekend of the tournament and ready to prove the early upsets were no fluke.