The Dayton Flyers have built a national level of "credibility" after a run to the Sweet 16.
The Dayton Flyers, the No. 11 seed in the South Region, upset the sixth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes and then, two nights later, defeated the No. 3 seed in their bracket, the Syracuse Orange, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
In doing so, the Flyers advanced to their first Sweet 16 in 30 years, and will take on the No. 10 seed in the South Region, the Stanford Cardinal, Thursday night. Stanford advanced to the Sweet 16 after a three-point win over the Kansas Jayhawks Sunday.
"I'm just happy," Dayton coach Archie Miller said after Saturday's win. "I'm happy for the institution. I'm happy for our fans. When I say great tradition, there's a lot of people that have been going to our arena 20, 30, 40 years who have seen great moments. We've had good teams, and there's been great players that have come through, but we haven't been able to break through consistently in a long time.
"I'm just happy for our administration. I'm happy for our city. I'm happy for our fans. I'm happy for our players. This is where they deserve to be. There isn't a better place to play basketball than the University of Dayton. There's a lot of great places, but if you're a player at our place, you experience the same stuff that you can experience at a Syracuse in terms of the way they're cared about and treated. I'm just happy for everyone involved in and around our program."
This weekend's trip to Memphis will be a return to basketball's elite, a place where the Flyers have been before. In the mid-1960s, the Flyers made three straight trips to the Sweet 16, and in 1967, they played themselves all the way to the NCAA Championship Game.
"We're really proud of our guys in terms of their approach coming in here," Miller said. "There's very few guys on our team that have NCAA Tournament experience, and we've played a couple teams here in the last couple of days that I would say is quite the opposite, so (I'm) really proud of the character.
"They really believe in one another. We're a tough group right now, and we just continue to improve. A lot of it is the guy to the right of me. (Devin Oliver's) a senior. I know Vee (Sanford) and Matt (Kavanaugh) aren't up here, but those three guys have done a tremendous job, not only improving as the year's gone on, but they've really been an unbelievable group of guys to coach. (It's a) credit to all our guys."
As they begin preparations for this week's game against Stanford, the Flyers will do some humbly. It is a mentality the players quickly learned from their head coach.
"You've got to have a little humility," Miller said. "I've come up in a basketball family. I think everybody knows that, but I've been very fortunate to be around some great coaches. It started off in college, and somebody gives you a chance. Then, you're around good people, and they help develop you to be ready, hopefully.
"I'm grateful, and I'm thankful. Now that I'm here, I don't think anything further than tomorrow. That's not how I'm wired. It's about tomorrow, and we'll figure a way out, kind of move towards Memphis."