VCU at Dayton: What you need to know about Friday’s game

Flyers have won two straight against VCU at UD Arena


Who: Virginia Commonwealth (11-6, 3-1) at Dayton (8-8, 2-2)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: UD Arena

TV/Radio: ESPN2; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 17.0

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.8

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 8.6

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.8

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 6.5

Probable VCU starters

Justin Tillman, 6-8, Sr., F, 17.7

De’Riante Jenkins, 6-5, So., G, 13.5

Isaac Vann, 6-6, R-So., F, 11.2

Jonathan Williams, 6-1, Sr., G, 10.6

Malik Crowfield, 6-4, So., G, 8.2

Series history: VCU leads the series 7-4. The teams split two games last season. VCU won 73-68 in Richmond. Dayton won 79-72 on Senior Night at UD Arena, clinching the outright championship in the Atlantic 10.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 8-8 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 201-118. VCU’s Mike Rhoades is 11-6 in his first season. He had a 47-52 record at Rice the last three seasons. Rhoades first coached at VCU under Shaka Smart in 2009-10, the season after Anthony Grant left VCU for Alabama. He spent six seasons on Smart’s staff.

Last games: On Tuesday, Dayton beat Richmond 87-81 on the road, and VCU beat visiting Duquesne 78-67.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 53 percent chance of winning and predicts a 74-73 score. … Darrell Davis scored 17 points Tuesday and passed the 800-point mark in his career. He has 803 points and ranks 71st in school history, one point behind Norman Plummer (2004-07). If Davis continues to average 17 points, he will hit the 1,000-point mark in the second-to-last game of the regular season Feb. 23 at Rhode Island. Forty seven players in Dayton history have scored 1,000 or more points.

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About VCU: Khris Lane, a graduate transfer from Longwood, where he played for Springfield South graduate Jayson Gee, is the top scorer off the bench (7.9). … Freshman forward Sean Mobley, a player Dayton recruited, averages 3.5 points per game. … Tillman was named to the A-10 preseason first team and the all-defensive team. He has scored 1,091 points in his career. He’s the only remaining player who started for VCU at UD Arena last season. He scored 18 points in both games against Dayton last season. … VCU ranks 94th in the RPI. Dayton is 87th. VCU is 97th in the Pomeroy ratings. Dayton ranks 138th.

Next game: Dayton plays at St. Joseph’s at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network).



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