The uncertainty for Dayton stems from its 58-53 loss Saturday to George Washington in the semifinals of the A-10 tournament. George Washington beat St. Joseph's 65-49 a day later to claim the automatic bid.
Dayton will hang its hopes on its regular-season championship, its record (23-6), its RPI (33) and non-conference victories against Virginia, ranked 31st in the RPI, No. 51 Harvard and No. 63 James Madison.
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In ESPN’s latest bracket prediction, it gave Dayton a No. 9 seed and matched the Flyers against No. 8 California in Starkville, Miss. The winner would play No. 1 seed Mississippi State or No. 16 Texas Southern in the second round.
The official bracket will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Until then, all anyone can do is speculate. Green didn’t read any of the predictions until this week and mostly has relied on Athletic Director Neil Sullivan to keep her informed of the team’s chances.
“He’s the data guy; he breaks everything down,” Green said. “I never trust anything until I hear our name. Everyone says, ‘You guys are in.’ I don’t trust it until they call your name and you know where you’re going. It’s really hard to get into the NCAA tournament. I think we deserve a chance with what we’ve done.”