PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Hofstra Pride in Charleston Classic

10:33 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 Sports
Dayton’s John Crosby brings the ball up the court as Anthony Grant watches against Ball State on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (1-0) vs. Hofstra (2-0)

What: First round of Charleston Classic

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: TD Bank Arena, Charleston, S.C.

TV/Radio: ESPNU; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO; live streaming available at DaytonFlyers.com.

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.0 points per game

John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 13.0

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 22.0

Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.0

Trey Landers, 6-4, So., G, 8.0

Probable Hofstra starters

Desure Buie, 6-0, Jr., G, 7.5

Justin Wright-Foreman, 6-1, Jr., G, 20.5

Jalen Ray, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.0

Joel Angus III, 6-6, Sr., F, 11.0

Rokas Gustys, 6-9, Sr., C, 10.0

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Series history: Dayton leads 1-0. The Flyers won 77-54 on Dec. 29, 1981, at UD Arena.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 1-0 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 194-110. Hofstra’s Joe Mihalich is 71-64 in five seasons. He was an assistant coach at La Salle from 1981-98 and the head coach at Niagara from 1998-2013.

About Dayton: The Flyers are 35-15 in games decided by five points or fewer since the start of the 2013-14 season. … Dayton is 13-5 in these exempt tournaments in the last six seasons. … Davis played in his 100th career game Friday in the season opener as Dayton beat Ball State 78-77 . … Guard Jalen Crutcher led Dayton’s newcomers with six points, two assists and five rebounds in 26 minutes in the opener. … KenPom.com gives Dayton a 53 percent chance of beating Hofstra.

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About Hofstra: The Pride beat Army 77-74 in their opener Friday at home in Hempstead, N.Y. Wright-Foreman scored 25 points on 9-of-25 shooting. Hofstra made 8 of 28 3-pointers (28.6 percent). … Hofstra also played its second game at home Monday, beating Kennesaw State 75-57. Wright-Foreman scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting. … Hofstra finished 15-17 last season, ending a streak of two straight 20-win seasons. It last played in the NCAA tournament in 2000 and 2001 when Jay Wright, now the coach at Villanova, was the head coach. … Gustys ranked second in the nation in rebounding average (13.0) last season.

Other first-round games: Auburn plays Indiana State at 11:30 a.m. Thursday (ESPNU). Old Dominion plays Temple at 1:30 p.m. (ESPN3). Clemson plays Ohio at 5 p.m. (ESPN2).

Next games: Dayton will play Clemson or Ohio on Friday. The Flyers will play at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPNEWS in the consolation round if they lose Thursday and at 9:30 p.m. Friday on ESPNU if they win.

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