2020 NCAA tournament prediction: Does Dayton make the cut?

First bracketology for next year’s tournament released

Hours before the 2019 national championship, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his first 2020 bracket prediction, which doesn’t mean much unless you’re a fan looking for reason to hope or a fan trying to fill the long months between now and November..

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Fans of the Dayton Flyers fall into that category, and Lunardi included their team in his bracket. The Flyers, who return three starters and add four transfers from a team that finished 21-12, are a No. 10 seed in the first bracket. Lunardi has them playing No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s, a team Dayton played in the regular season in 2016 and 2017, in the first round in Omaha, Neb.

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Lunardi also predicts Virginia Commonwealth will make the field as a No. 6 seed. Dayton and VCU are the only two A-10 teams he has in the bracket.

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