Dayton Earns Meeting With Florida; Wisconsin, Arizona Advance


By Alabama News Network
By Kirk Nawrotzky

Dayton's surprising run in the NCAA men's basketball tournament will continue into the regional finals. Now all the Flyers have to do is beat the tourney's top overall seed to advance to the Final Four.

Jordan Sibert (SY'-burt) scored 18 points and Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 to lead the 11th-seeded Flyers to an 82-72 win over No. 10 Stanford in the South Regional. Sibert finished 7 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. He nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to give Dayton a 42-29 lead late in the first half.
Dayton is in the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years and will take on Florida on Saturday.
The Gators withstood a tough test from UCLA and earned their 29th consecutive win. Michael Frazier II scored a team-high 17 points and had seven rebounds in Florida's 79-68 triumph over the Bruins.
Casey Prather had 14 points for the Gators.
No. 2 Wisconsin advanced to Saturday's West Regional final as Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points in a 69-52 victory against Baylor. Ben Brust hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Badgers, who jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and reached the Elite Eight for the second time in 13 years under Bo Ryan.
Next up for the Badgers is top seed Arizona, which rallied in the second half for a 70-64 win over San Diego State. Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each had 15 points for the Wildcats, while Gordon and Johnson each had seven rebounds. Johnson iced the victory by hitting two free throws with two seconds left.
Xavier Thames had 22 points for the Aztecs, who led 32-28 at halftime.
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