The Dayton Flyers pulled into the Doubletree hotel in downtown Memphis, a couple of blocks from FedExArena, early Tuesday evening in the same purple bus and with the same driver they had last week in Buffalo.
Marty Flickner, of Genesee, N.Y., said he drove 15 hours from Rochester, N.Y., to Memphis to guide the Flyers around town this week. He left at 1 p.m. Monday and stopped for the night in Louisville, Ky., on the way down.
Flickner drove the same purple bus the Dayton Flyers got to know in Buffalo all the way to the Memphis airport to pick the Flyers up on Tuesday. He’ll drive them around as long as they are in Memphis. Dayton plays Stanford at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Sweet 16.
Assistant coach Tom Ostrom said the Flyers requested the same driver and bus because they’re superstitious.
When he heard the Dayton Flyers wanted him in Memphis, Flickner thought, “They’re crazy,” and wasn’t sure if he believed them.
But he added, “They’re a great group. They really are. They’re down to earth.”
Coach Archie Miller got off the bus ready to continue preparation for the biggest UD game in 30 years.
“It felt pretty good to get out of town really quick and get back to playing and get back to the hotel so it feels sort of like what we were doing in Buffalo,” Miller said. “We were in a really good routine there, and it’s going to be a similar routine here.”