Dayton newspaper cleverly trolls Ohio State after Flyers upset the Buckeyes

The Dayton Daily News copy editor who came up with the headline proclaiming Dayton's upset of Ohio State deserves as many fist bumps and high-fives as the players who pulled off the victory.

The banner headline at the top of the front page of Friday's Dayton Daily News reads "THE University of Dayton." Ohio State officials and alumni have long referred to the institution as "The Ohio State University in an effort to separate it from other colleges in Ohio and to reflect its national stature.

"Legend also has it that "The" was used to show the other colleges which institution was supposed to be the leader in the state - both in size and in financial support from the legislature," reads an FAQ on the Ohio State website.

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For at least one day, the Buckeyes don't have basketball bragging rights anymore. 

Dayton's Vee Sanford drove past Ohio State's Aaron Craft and banked in a go-ahead runner with 3.8 seconds to go, securing a 60-59 victory that sent the 11th-seeded Flyers into the NCAA tournament's round of 32 for the first time in five years. Craft had a chance to answer but his Tyus Edney-esque drive ended with a runner that did not fall as time expired.

The victory was especially sweet for Dayton fans because Ohio State has a policy of never scheduling in-state opponents like the Flyers, Xavier and Cincinnati. This was the Flyers' one shot at the Buckeyes, and they didn't waste it. 

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Jeff Eisenberg

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