March Madness: 5 things to know about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

March Madness: 5 things to know about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Friday is the beginning of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. 

While No. 1 Connecticut tends to make most of the headlines, there are plenty of other things to know. 

Here are five: 

1. Dayton is the No. 12 seed in the Oklahoma City regional. 

The Atlantic 10 champions will face the No. 5 seed Tennessee in Louisville, Ky., at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

2. The Flyers are 0-2 all-time against the Lady Vols. 

Tennessee beat Dayton in 1986 and against in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. 

3. If the Flyers win, they will probably have to face a team on its home floor. 

Host Louisville is the No. 4 seed in the region. The Cardinals play Chattanooga in the first round. 

4. Ohio State is a five seed in the Lexington regional. 

The Buckeyes, who won the Big Ten regular season title, will face No. 12 Western Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., on Friday afternoon. 

With a win, Ohio State would also have to play a team on its home floor in the second round — assuming No. 4 seed Kentucky takes care of business in the first round against Belmont. 

5. Ohio State made the Sweet 16 last year while Dayton missed the tournament. 

But the last time the Flyers were in the Big Dance (2015), they advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to No. 1 Connecticut. 

The Buckeyes have not been to the Elite Eight since 1993, the same year they made their only Final Four appearance. 

Where have Dayton’s past coaches come from?

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

The University of Dayton is searching for a new basketball coach after Indiana’s hiring of Archie Miller this weekend.

Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said, “You try to find the best coach you can for the University of Dayton.”

Here’s where UD has looked in the past for its past five coaches:

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ARCHIE MILLER: Assistant coach, Arizona 

Miller was an assistant coach for his brother, Sean, at Arizona, when Dayton came calling. 

“When I left that meeting room, I felt I did everything I could to get my message across, and they did everything they could to explain their vision,” Miller said of Dayton during his introductory news conference on April 3, 2011. 

“When I left, I said, ‘I don’t know if I’ll have the opportunity, but whoever it is has one heck of an opportunity to hit a home run.’” 

BRIAN GREGORY: Associate head coach, Michigan State 

Gregory had been the associate head coach for coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State for four seasons when he took the Dayton job. 

Then-UD athletic director Ted Kissell recalled the first time he met Gregory during the news conference to introduce him on April 9, 2003. From a Dayton Daily News story: 

Several years ago, Kevin O'Neill, then the men's basketball coach at Northwestern University, introduced one of his assistant coaches - Brian Gregory - to his friend, Ted Kissell, Director of Athletics at the University of Dayton. 

"Ted, keep your eye on this guy," O'Neill said. "He's the best." 

OLIVER PURNELL: Head coach, Old Dominion 

Purnell had gone 57-33 at Old Dominion after a 44-42 record as the head coach at Radford when he entered the winding tale of Dayton’s search to find a coach to replace Jim O’Brien. 

That tale included Kissell talking his way into a suite at a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., site of the 1994 Final Four, for interviews after Siena coach Mike Deane turned down the job. Kissell met with coaches including Fran Fraschilla, then at Manhattan, before interviewing and hiring Purnell. 

"This is a great area," Purnell said of Old Dominion a day after he had become the first black head basketball coach in UD's history. "I live on that bay. I'll miss the area. I'll miss all these people. I'll miss the (Old Dominion) players, the bay. I'll miss all those things. There's no question about that. 

"But I'm going to a better opportunity and I'm sure there are going to be a lot of things about the University of Dayton and that entire area that I'm going to enjoy also." 

JIM O’BRIEN: Assistant coach, New York Knicks 

O’Brien was an assistant coach for Rick Pitino with the Knicks, and his previous head coaching experience included a stint at Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia, where he went 74-69. He was hired at Dayton on April 19, 1989. 

O’Brien had also previously been an assistant coach with St. Joseph’s and Oregon. 

''Jim is one of the brightest coaches I have had the pleasure to work with in the last 15 years,'' Pitino said at the time. “He's an outstanding teacher and communicator of the game of basketball. We wish him well.'' 

DON DONOHER: Assistant coach, Dayton 

Tom Blackburn hired Donoher from his job as freshman coach at Chaminade High School in 1963, and by the end of his first season as an assistant, Donoher was filling in for the ailing Blackburn. 

Blackburn died of cancer in 1964, and Donoher was promoted to the head coaching position. He coached Dayton for 25 seasons, until 1989.

John Calipari: Archie Miller will do ‘great job’ at Indiana

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 9:47 AM

John Calipari: Archie Miller will do ‘great job’ at Indiana

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari goes way back with the family of Archie Miller. He’s from the same area of western Pennsylvania as the Millers and wrote the foreword for a book written about Archie’s dad John last year.

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Calipari raved about Archie Miller in Indianapolis earlier this month when Kentucky and the Dayton Flyers both played in the NCAA tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Saturday, after the Indiana Hoosiers hired Miller, Calipari praised the decision as he spoke a press conference a day before playing North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

“If I were hiring a coach, I would hire Archie,” said Calipari in Memphis, Tenn. “I say that because, one, we all grew up with his father. His father coached all of us. All of us that came through there. And he’s a basketball coach. That’s what he does. He’s a basketball guy. Not afraid. He’s got a fight in him, and he’s got a will, and the kids love playing for him.

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“I think he’ll do a great job there. I mean, it’s not an easy job. None of these jobs are easy, but that’s not an easy job, either, and you have to walk in there wanting that challenge, kind of like wanting Kentucky. If you don’t want this — all that goes along with it — don’t come here, and it’s the same with Indiana. You’ve got to want that, and he did, obviously, or he wouldn’t have taken that job.”

Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 8:20 AM

Dayton Flyers fans make their case to be next UD coach

To cheer up fans of the Dayton Flyers on a sad day, I asked them Saturday to tell me in 140 characters or less on Twitter why they should be the next UD basketball coach.

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Judging by their responses, it did brighten their day just a tad — even if everyone woke up Sunday getting used to the news that Archie Miller did indeed leave to coach the Indiana Hoosiers. To UD Athletic Director Neil Sullivan and President Eric F. Spina, these Tweets are for you. Good luck on your decision.

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Social media reacts to UD’s Archie Miller leaving for Indiana

Published: Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 1:53 PM

On Saturday, it was announced Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller will be the new head coach on at Indiana. 

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The community has taken to social media to express their feelings on Miller’s plans to leave. 

Some UD players posted their thoughts about Miller going to Indiana: 

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