When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: WHIO Ch. 7/WHIO 95.7, 1290
- Kevin Dillard, 6-0, Sr., G, 15.1 ppg
- Vee Sanford, 6-3, Jr., G, 12.4
- Josh Benson, 6-9, Sr., F, 11.0
- Devin Oliver, 6-7, Jr., F, 10.0
- Dyshawn Pierre, 6-6, Fr., F, 7.2
- Terrence Jones, 6-2, Sr., G, 10.1
- Robert Williams, 6-4, Jr., G, 9.2
- Fahro Alihodzic, 6-10, Jr., C, 9.9
- Jordan Swing, 6-6, Jr., F, 14.9
- Rod Rucker, 6-5, Jr., F, 13.6
The Flyers have lost two of their last three games. In defeats to Southern Cal, Illinois State and Weber State, they had the ball in the final possession with a chance to either tie or win the game. They’re shooting 50.1 percent in their nine wins, 38.0 in their four defeats. … Dillard leads UD in scoring, assists (4.5), 3-pointers made (21), free throws made (57) and steals (18). … Matt Derenbecker is 18-fo-41 (43.9 percent) on 3-pointers and Khari Price 7-for-21 (33.3), but neither sub has made a two-point field goal this season. … The Flyers finish their nonleague season Saturday and need a win to post their seventh straight year with at least 10 victories.
The Blazers have won four of their last five games, beating South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Northeastern and Georgia Southern and losing at Rutgers. They’re 7-0 at home and 1-6 on the road. They’re second in Conference USA in scoring with a 77.1 average. … Jones topped 1,000 points in his career in the team’s last outing. … Swing is hitting 47.1 percent of his 3-pointers. … The Blazers have a 5-0 lead in the series with UD, most of those coming while members of the Great Midwest Conference in the early 1990s. … Both teams have lost to Illinois State this season, UAB by 12, UD by one.
UAB coach Jerod Haase, 39, is in his first season after taking over for the fired Mike Davis. Haase was an all-conference player at Kansas and was an assistant under coach Roy Williams for 13 years at North Carolina and KU. Davis had a 122-72 record in six seasons and led the Blazers to the 2011 NCAA tournament as a First Four participant at UD Arena, but it was his only trip The Dance. He reached the 2002 NCAA title game as Indiana’s coach and is currently interim coach at Texas Southern.