“Whoever counted us out can’t count,” Dayton guard Scoochie Smith wrote Sunday on Twitter.
A year ago. Wichita State was 24-8 going into the tournament. It earned a No. 11 seed and beat Vanderbilt in the First Four and then knocked off Archie Miller’s brother Sean Miller and No. 6 seed Arizona.
According to KenPom.com, Dayton has a 25 percent chance of beating Wichita State. Of course, his math isn’t perfect. Dayton was a big favorite in its last two games against George Washington and Davidson.
To put Dayton’s odds in perspective, here are KenPom’s odds for the other No. 7 seeds. South Carolina has a 49 percent chance of beating No. 10 Marquette. Saint Mary’s has a 71 percent chance of beating No. 10 VCU. Michigan has a 51 percent chance of beating No. 10 Oklahoma State.
Wichita State has been one of the best teams in March the last four seasons. The Shockers have nine wins in the last four years in the NCAA tournament. That’s tied for fourth most with Syracuse, North Carolina and Michigan.
WATCH: Dayton's top plays from loss to Davidson on March 10, 2017, in A-10 quarterfinals.