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Dance Card: Dayton, Atlantic 10 at-large

Dayton makes the NCAA Tournament as a #11 seed.

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Who? The Flyers of Dayton.

What? Named after the Wright Flyer; if you've ever seen an Ohio quarter, you know Ohio takes its history of flight seriously. Rudy Flyer gets his name from UD.

Where? Dayton, Ohio, where you can visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

When? March 23rd, in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Why? Strong season. They're one of the top 64.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish first in the conference, they finished in first, three games clear of Fordham, St. Bonaventure, and George Washington.

RPI: 18

SOS: 59

Record: 23-7 (14-2 Atlantic-10)

Good wins: Washington State's run in the Pac-12 tournament is making this look mighty good. Helps that they've avenged a couple of their losses (Central Michigan, George Washington). Worth noting that they forced overtime at both Iowa and Michigan State before going down.

Bad losses: Getting smacked around at Vanderbilt.

Who's running this show? Jim Jabir, since 2003. His last gig was at Providence, and don't let the record fool you.

Extra, Extra! The Dayton Daily News.

Balance is the key for Dayton. Four active players average in double figures, led by junior forward Andrea Hoover's 17.0. Junior forward Ally Malott adds 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. Dayton loves the three (17.4 attempts per game) but isn't hopelessly in love with it, willing to go inside and finish on the glass. Losing Kelley Austria to injury mid-season was a big blow, but freshman Celeste Edwards has picked up some of the slack. It's hard to rattle these Flyers, even as young as they are. They'll be a tough out.