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Preview: Dayton at George Mason


Dayton (14-8, 2-5) at George Mason (7-14, 0-7)

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va.

TV/Radio: WHIO TV/1290, 95.7

Probable Dayton starters

Player, Ht., Yr., Pos., PPG

Devin Oliver, 6-7, Sr., F, 12.4

Dyshawn Pierre, 6-6, So., F, 11.8

Matt Kavanaugh, 6-10, Sr., C, 4.7

Khari Price, 5-11, So., G, 7.7

Jordan Sibert, 6-4, Jr., G, 12.0

Probable George Mason starters

Bryon Allen, 6-3, Sr., G, 15.0

Sherrod Wright, 6-4, Sr., G, 13.7

Marquise Moore, 6-1, Fr., G, 3.6

Erik Copes, 6-8, Jr., F, 3.3

Jalen Jenkins, 6-7, Fr., F, 7.1

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 55 percent chance of winning this game. … Price made 20 free throws in a row before missing one Saturday in a 75-65 victory over George Washington. He has made 35-of-40 free throws on the season (87.5 percent). That would lead the A-10 if he had enough attempts to qualify for the leaders. Price does rank third in the conference in 3-point percentage (33-of-76, 43.4). Last year he shot 41 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent at the line. … Oliver is one of five players in Division I who leads his team in scoring, rebounding (7.0), assists (2.4) and steals (1.0). If Oliver leads the team in scoring this season at his current pace, he would be the Flyers’ lowest leading scorer since Monty Scott led the team with 11.1 points per game in 2005.

About George Mason: Jenkins has won the A-10 rookie of the week award three times this season. He’s averaging nearly a double-double in A-10 play (11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds). … George Mason has lost seven games in a row for the first time in one season since it lost eight in a row in 1996-97. … Paul Hewitt is in his third season as head coach. George Mason was 24-9 in his first season and 22-16 last season. It played in the finals of the College Basketball Invitational last season.

FYI: The Flyers lead the all-time series 3-1. George Mason won 67-56 at the Patriot Center in 2007, and Dayton won 66-62 at home in 2008, 56-55 on the road in 2009 and 73-67 at UD in 2010. The combined score of those four games is 251-251.

— David Jablonski


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