Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller has his team on the verge of the Final Four, although No. 1 seed Florida may have something to say about that. (Source: Erik Schelkun, Elsestar Images/Dayton Athletics)
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(RNN) - If Dayton coach Archie Miller can lead his team though the briar patch to the NCAA championship game, he may see his brother staring at him from the other end of the sideline.
Arizona coach Sean Miller has no cakewalk either but does have the advantage of helming a team that earned a No. 1 seed on the strength of its talented lineup. However, one thing already decided through tournament play is that the other Miller's 11th-seeded Flyers were severely underrated.
Saturday (all times Eastern):
Florida Gators (1) vs. Dayton Flyers (11), 6:09 p.m.
The Flyers were true to their name Thursday, as they took flight up and down the court all evening against a bigger, slower opponent in Stanford (10). Jordan Sibert led the effort with 18 points, but 10 other guys also put points on the scoreboard as they steadily wore down the Cardinal.
Florida showed once again Thursday why they deserved the top overall seed in the Big Dance. Senior Scotty Wilbekin shook off a poor shooting performance early to make some timely baskets in the second half and hold off a UCLA (4) team that had closed the gap to one point.
The formula for Dayton remains the same: Push the pace, attack the rim and use its depth to keep fresh legs on the court. Florida has a height advantage and can match the Flyers athletically, but Florida coach Billy Donovan does not like to go far beyond seven deep on the roster. The Gators can counter by slowing the game down, as their proficiency in a half-court set would give them an advantage in that type of play. With big bodies like Patric Young, Will Yeguete and Dorian Finney-Smith, they may dominate in terms of rebounding margin.
Arizona Wildcats (1) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (2), 8:49 p.m.
The Cats needed a second half burst from their All-American to claim victory in a close contest with San Diego State (4). Guard Nick Johnson got his first points on a basket with 2:46 left but finished with 15, most coming at the foul line to seal the game.
Wisconsin chose to dominate its opponent from the opening buzzer, allowing only five baskets and 16 points in the opening half for Baylor. At 7'2, Frank Kaminsky closed off the painted area on defense with six blocks and chipped in 19 points as well.
Bo Ryan's Badgers are built to play stingy defense, with a deliberate offense that keeps the number of shots for both teams down. This team still does that, although the current version can get out and run better than previous ones. Still, they will not have the pure athleticism to match Arizona, which can use that to its advantage by not allowing Wisconsin's defense to get set. That struggle of tempo, as well as Aaron Gordon's ability to create scoring chances, will determine the Wildcats' outcome.
Notes: Sean Miller (fifth season at Arizona) and Ryan (13th at Wisconsin) have impressive resumes, with each winning at least 72 percent of their games at their current program and for their careers. One thing neither of them has: A Final Four appearance. That's about to change for one.
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