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  • Dayton soars past Stanford

  • MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality minutes.
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  • MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality minutes.
    An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply couldn't keep up.
    The underdog Flyers — an 11 seed in this South Region — are now in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984 after an emphatic 82-72 victory over Stanford on Thursday night.
    "We had 11 guys score in the game and from top to bottom, we kept coming and coming," Dayton coach Archie Miller said. "The way they shared the ball and moved the ball ... it was a true team effort. It's nice that on the biggest stage, we acted like ourselves."
    Jordan Sibert scored 18 points and freshman Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12, as Dayton (26-10) made sure this one wasn't particularly close after slipping by in the first two rounds. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and draining 3-pointers, to help the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.
    Dayton showed its depth early, using a dozen players in the first half to wear down Stanford.
    "They were relentless," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "That's the best way I can put it."
    No. 10 Stanford (23-13) had the superior post play, but it wasn't enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 points, but shot 5 of 21 from the field. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic — who fouled out with more than five minutes left — had 15.
    Dayton, the last remaining of the six Atlantic 10 teams in the field of 68, plays the winner of UCLA-Florida on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.
    Sibert finished 7 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. He had plenty of help, including from Pollard, a 6-foot-6 guard who continually got to the basket and helped the Flyers stretch their lead in the first half.
    "People have been doubting us and not giving us a lot of credit," Sibert said. "I know these guys. I know what coach wants. We all want to win. At the end of the day we all want to be considered winners."
    Pollard was averaging two points per game, but Miller didn't hesitate to give him big minutes once he got hot.
    "This guy's a big-time winner," Miller said. "He's not afraid of anything."
    Devin Oliver scored 12 points and Matt Kavanaugh added 10. Dayton's bench had a 34-2 scoring advantage over Stanford.
    Wisconsin 69, Baylor 52
    At Anaheim, Calif., Ben Brust was 3-of-6 from 3-point range and Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots as Wisconsin dominated Baylor to advance to the West Regional final.
    Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots while Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final, reaching the final eight for the third time in school history.
    The Badgers (29-7) jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12).
    Kaminsky and his disciplined teammates shredded the Baylor zone that played so well in the first two games. Wisconsin also methodically shut down Baylor's talented offense while moving into its second regional final in 13 years under Bo Ryan, who has seen just about everything except the Final Four in a 700-win coaching career.
    Wisconsin advanced to the regional final Saturday against top-seeded Arizona, which defeated San Diego State on Thursday. The Badgers haven't been to the Final Four since retired coach Dick Bennett got them there in 2000.
    The Badgers advanced by countering everything the Bears do well. Wisconsin wrecked Baylor's zone, negated their 3-point shooting acumen with perimeter defense, kept the tempo at the Badgers' preferred speed and even held a 39-33 rebounding edge on Baylor, one of the nation's top rebounding teams.
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