Dayton Flyers: Managers one win from Final Four

Dayton's Brian Frank, center, Brian Walsh and Ben Sander, right, watch the action from the bench during a NCAA tournament game against Wichita State on March 17, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
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Dayton's Brian Frank, center, Brian Walsh and Ben Sander, right, watch the action from the bench during a NCAA tournament game against Wichita State on March 17, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

UD’s team managers need your vote on Twitter to play in Phoenix

The Dayton Flyers are still alive in March Madness — at least the team’s managers are.

The Manager Games were established in 2014. Team managers and graduate assistants play each other throughout the season. For example, when Dayton hosted Virginia Commonwealth on Senior Night on March 1, VCU arrived in Dayton the night before and its team managers played UD’s team managers in an empty UD Arena in a late-night game.

Now UD's managers have a chance to play in the Manager Games Final Four in Phoenix at NCAA Fan Fest beginning March 31. This is the second time the Manager Games have played at the Final Four.

Most teams advanced in the bracket through Twitter polls. Some teams, if they didn’t have to travel far, were able to play each other on the court. The winners at the Final Four will be determined by play on the court, not voting.

Dayton beat Ohio University in the Sweet 16 on Wednesday with 50.5 percent of 4,007 votes. UD will play Western Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

Missouri, Missouri State, Florida, Michigan, Texas and Georgia are also in the Elite Eight. Voting for quarterfinal matchups is expected to begin soon.

If Dayton makes it to the Final Four, graduate assistant manager Brian Frank and assistant director of basketball operations Brian Walsh will be among the players. Matt Sweet, a student manager, would also play.

The other players would come from this list (hometown in parentheses): Matt Sweet (Columbus); Charlie Barrett (Chicago); Nate Schneck (Kalamazoo, Mich.); Aaron Horn (Troy); William Parrott (Lexington, Ky.); Jack Needles (Columbus); Alex Geiger (Cincinnati); Trevor Gonzalez (San Jose, Calif.); Ryan Christ (Pittsburgh); Zach Koch (Buffalo, N.Y.); Alex Roberts (Springfield); Alex Reilly (Dallas); Henry Stark (Chicago); Jack Walsh (Virginia).

The managers have to pay their own way, and a GoFundMe.com account has been started for them.

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