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2020 NCAA tournament prediction: Does Dayton make the cut?

Published: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 9:51 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

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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.