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Dayton Plays On Home Floor For NCAA Tournament

Evan Wilt Contributor

The Dayton Flyers will become the first college basketball team since 1987 to start the big dance on their home floor.

Every NCAA tournament game is held at a neutral location based on region and seeding. This year the Flyers will get home-court advantage in the first round as the last team voted into the tournament.

Dayton became the permanent home for “the first four” games when the field was expanded to 68 teams. The small Ohio school located between Cincinnati and Columbus has hosted more NCAA tournament games — 105 — than any other school, according to USA Today.

For this year’s first four, the Flyers join the party on their home floor against Boise State University on Wednesday night. Dayton is one of 14 D-1 teams undefeated at home this season with a 16-0 record.

Wednesday evening the Flyers will play to be the No. 11 seed in the East bracket, with the winner to play Providence on Friday.

Last season, also a No. 11 seed, Dayton made a run all the way to the elite eight.

This year, Dayton will start its quest for the schools first national title in front of its own fans in its home arena.

Let the madness begin.