Fans can watch the Dayton vs. Stanford basketball game live online and see which of this season’s Cinderella teams will punch their ticket to the Elite Eight.
The teams are the two highest-remaining seeds — Dayton an 11 seed and Stanford a 10 — and both have pulled off consecutive upsets to reach the Sweet Sixteen. They will face off Thursday at 7:15 pm ET from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.
The game has plenty of subtext. UCLA looked to be outside the NCAA Tournament bubble before winning the Pac 10 tournament, and the unlikely run to the Sweet Sixteen may have saved the job of coach Johnny Dawkins.
Fellow Dayton coach Archie Miller has already earned a raise for taking his team to the Sweet Sixteen. Dayton finished the season in the middle of a strong Atlantic 10 conference, but was able to pull off upsets of Ohio State and Syracuse in consecutive rounds.
Fans who watch the Dayton vs. UCLA game live online will get to see another odd bit of drama going on behind the scenes. Dayton coach Archie Miller is recruiting Aubrey Dawkins, the son of Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins, to play for the Flyers next year.
Johnny Dawkins said the situation won’t leak over into the game on Thursday.
“I think both staffs will be focused on the task at hand but it is a neat thing that he’s being recruited by them and the success they’re having,” Dawkins said Monday. “He really likes them. I’m just really happy for Archie and his program because I know how hard he’s worked to get this opportunity so I know he’s making the most of it.”