Looking back: Flyers lost to Arkansas in 1990 NCAA tournament

If you were a Flyers, Reds and Bengals fan in March of 1990, you were having a pretty good time.

The Bengals had played in the Super Bowl a year earlier, and you had no idea they wouldn’t play in the Super Bowl again for the next 24 years (or probably ever again). The Reds were about seven months away from winning the World Series. And the Flyers were playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, though they wouldn’t return for another 10 years after their 1990 appearance.

The Flyers lost 86-84 (box score here) to Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1990 in Austin, Texas. Negele Knight tied the game on a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left. Then Todd Day rebounded his own missed shot and scored with two seconds remaining to beat the Flyers.

Dayton and Arkansas meet again for the first time since 1990 and for the second time ever on Saturday.

Here’s a story from the LA Times on that 1990 game and 10 minutes of YouTube highlights below:

His team tied with underdog Dayton in the NCAA tournament Saturday and in possession of the ball with 27 seconds remaining in the game, Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson called timeout and issued a simple directive: spread the floor and look for Oliver Miller, the Razorbacks’ 6-foot-9, 270-pound center.

“I thought maybe we’d get it in to Big O,” Richardson said.

But when the Razorbacks took their places on the court, Todd Day, Arkansas’ 6-8 sophomore forward, looked over the Dayton lineup and developed a plan of his own. “I saw four smaller guys on the floor,” he said, “and I figured one would be on me.”

So much for the Big O attack. Matched up against 6-2 Ray Springer, Day used his height advantage to put back his own missed shot with four seconds remaining and give the Razorbacks an 86-84 victory over the Flyers in a Midwest Regional second-round game.

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