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Dayton rallies from 17 down, stuns Nevada in NCAA tournament

Dayton rallies from 17 down, stuns Nevada in NCAA tournament

Deandre Ayton

Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff WriterMar 21, 2024, 09:33 PM ET

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SALT LAKE CITY — With 7:39 left Thursday, 10th-seeded Nevada went up 17 points over seventh-seeded Dayton and an upset seemed all but destined, if not guaranteed.

At that point, the Wolf Pack had a 99.1% chance to advance to the second round of the men’s NCAA tournament, according to ESPN Analytics. That improved to 99.5% with 7:14 left in the game, which is right when Dayton started chipping away at Nevada’s lead.

The Flyers then went on a 24-4 run to cap the largest comeback in the NCAA tournament since 2018, winning 63-60 at the Delta Center. Dayton will face the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats in the second round Saturday.

“I thought down the stretch we got in a rhythm where the guys understood how we wanted to attack them and how we needed to make plays for each other,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said.
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