UPDATE: Wednesday, March 26 at 1:10 p.m. ET
Dayton Flyers fans continue to troll Ohio State in the Dayton Daily News. This time it's the Miami Valley Gaming Club digging into the Buckeyes.
Dayton Flyers' good luck message in Dayton Daily News uses buckeyes to form '16'. pic.twitter.com/yuctJQUTs2— Michael Abromowitz (@FootballExpert) March 26, 2014
The ad spells out "Sweet 16" in buckeye nuts. Get it?
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No one is harder on Ohio State than the state of Ohio.
Being a perennial powerhouse is a double-edged sword, and Ohio State felt the wrong end of that blade Thursday night.
The Buckeyes—a collegiate-sport juggernaut with a penchant for reminding everyone they’re the only thing that matters in Ohio—lost a 60-59 nail-chewer to the University of Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
It was the biggest upset on a day of upsets, and Dayton newspapers were quick to give Ohio State its due comeuppance.
The Dayton Daily News was one such paper, laying into the Buckeyes with a simple yet elegant smackdown in the headline of its Friday edition.
Grab the aloe vera. They’re getting burned out here.
This is the one downside to being the single annual powerhouse in your state. You win constantly, but the moment you lose to an in-state school you won’t even deign to call a “rival,” you will be dragged through nine miles of broken glass and Aaron Craft jokes.
Losing to Dayton was especially difficult for Craft. After giving up a crucial bucket to Vee Sanford, Ohio State's senior guard had a chance to win the game in the final moments. His shot—an off-balance runner in the lane—failed to drop, however.
"That's kind of how our season has gone," Craft said after the game. "I thought I got it up high enough, but I didn't."
You win some, you lose some, Buckeyes. As for Dayton, its dance continues in the round of 32 with a tough matchup against Syracuse.
The Flyers may never be "THE" school of Ohio, but that doesn't matter. They're the town still playing basketball, and they're looking to dent some more egos.
Aaron Craft doesn’t foul. He improves you through physical contact.