NCAA - Florida, Dayton reach Sweet 16

Dayton players celebrate after eliminating Syracuse (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)
Top seed Florida easily made the semifinals of the South Regional bracket while Dayton pulled off a major upset to also qualify for the Sweet 16.

Led by SEC Player of the Year Scottie Wilbekin, Florida easily dispatched No. 9 Pittsburgh 61-45 in Orlando. 

The senior guard from Gainesville scored 11 points in a crucial run in the second half that allowed the Gators to pull away.

Michael Frazier II added 10 points while Patric Young and Dorian Finney-Smith pulled down eight rebounds apiece for Florida, which led only by five points at the break.

Talib Zanna was the lone Pittsburgh player to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

Florida will play the winner between No. 4 UCLA and No. 12 Stephen F. Austin in the Sweet 16.

Dayton, meanwhile, continued its Cinderella run after eliminating No. 3 Syracuse 55-53 in Buffalo.

The 11th-seeded Flyers unleashed a 10-2 run to turn a three-point deficit into a 47-42 lead with less than five minutes remaining.

A jumper from Tyler Ennis allowed the Orangemen to come within one with 18 seconds left but the Flyers did not budge.

Dyshawn Pierre pushed Dayton's lead to 55-53 after making a free throw with seven seconds remaining. Needing a three-pointer to steal the win, the Orangemen again went to Ennis but the prized freshman missed his attempt and Dayton seized the rebound as time expired. It was a tough defeat for Syracuse, which reached the Final Four last season.

Pierre topscored for the Flyers with 14 points while Jordan Sibert added 10.

Devin Oliver collected 10 rebounds and scored seven points for Dayton, which stunned No. 6 Ohio State 60-59 in the previous round.

Ennis paced Syracuse with 19 points while CJ Fair had 14 points and 10 rebounds in his final game as an Orangeman.

Awaiting Dayton in the next round is the winner of Sunday's battle between No. 2 Kansas and No. 10 Stanford in St. Louis.

To watch & bet on the NCAA Tournament live at 365 simply:

  1. Go to 365 & sign in

  2. Select Live Streaming > basketball

  3. Watch & bet on live streaming NCAA Tournament online 

Recent NCAA Articles

  • Kansas Jayhawks secure Big 12 title

    University of Kansas has secured the Big 12 regular season title after rallying past West Virginia in overtime on Tuesday....

  • Kentucky Wildcats seize SEC crown

    The University of Kentucky extended its unbeaten start to 29 games this season en route to clinching the Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular-season title on Saturday. ...

  • NCAA - Can Kentucky sweep regular season?

    After equaling the school record for best start, the University of Kentucky Wilcats are now looking forward to sweeping the US NCAA Division I regular season....

  • NCAA - Ex-UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian dies

    Former University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) head coach Jerry Tarkanian has died....

  • NCAA - Ex-UNC coach Dean Smith dies

    Legendary University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith has died....

  • NCAA - Connecticut wins NCAA title

    Connecticut completed its unlikely title run after beating Kentucky in the finals of the NCAA Tournament in Texas on Monday. ...

  • NCAA - Connecticut, Kentucky advance to finals

    The two lowest seeds in the Final Four of this year's NCAA Tournament will fight for the national title on Monday. ...

  • NCAA - All set for Final Four

    All roads lead to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. ...

  • NCAA - Kentucky, Connecticut march to Final Four

    Kentucky and Connecticut completed this year's Final Four cast after posting come-from-behind wins Sunday. ...

More Stories


Bookmaker offers

Breaking News

Watch LIVE Now!

Full Calendar

Streams About To Start!

Full Calendar

Share this with your friends

Your comments:

NCAA - Florida, Dayton reach Sweet 16

Top seed Florida easily made the semifinals of the South Regional bracket while Dayton pulled off a major upset to also qualify for the Sweet 16.

Read more »