St. Bonaventure at Dayton: What you need to know about Wednesday’s game

Jan 02, 2018
Dayton players huddle during a game against Georgia State on Dec. 16, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: St. Bonaventure (11-2, 1-0) at Dayton (6-7, 0-1)

When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: UD Arena

TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.3

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.2

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.6

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.2

John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.0

Probable St. Bonaventure starters

LaDarien Griffin, 6-6, Jr., F, 9.2

Josh Ayeni, 6-8, So., F, 7.5

Idris Taqqee, 6-4, Sr., G, 5.2

Matt Mobley, 6-3, Sr., G, 18.3

Jaylen Adams, 6-2, Sr., G, 20.1

Series history: Dayton leads 23-10. The Flyers swept the season series last year, winning 90-74 in Olean, N.Y., and 76-72 in Dayton. The Bonnies won their previous game at Dayton, 79-72 on Feb. 20, 2016.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 6-7 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 199-117. Mark Schmidt is 177-146 in his 11th season at St. Bonaventure.

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Last games: On Saturday, Dayton lost 70-62 at Duquesne, and St. Bonaventure beat Massachusetts 98-78 at home.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 38 percent chance of winning and predicts a 70-67 score. … Cunningham ranks 10th in the country in 2-point field-goal percentage (74.7). … Darrell Davis and Jordan Davis are the only Flyers who have attempted 20 or more 3-pointers and are shooting better than 30 percent. Darrell has made 37 of 91 (40.7). Jordan has made 27 of 61 (44.3). Jalen Crutcher is shooting 23.4 percent (11 of 47). Xeyrius Williams is shooting 21.4 percent (9 of 42). Matej Svoboda is shooting 18.5 percent (5 of 27).

About St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies have won eight straight games. It’s their longest winning streak since 1970-71 when they opened the season with an 8-0 record. … Adams scored 32, and Mobley had 28 in their A-10 opener. … The Bonnies rank 31st in the country in 3-point shooting percentage (39.8) and 11th in 3-point defense (29.3). They are among the best teams in the nation at getting to the free-throw line, ranking seventh in free-throw rate (46.0). … Junior guard Courtney Stockard is the top scorer off the bench, averaging 10.5 points per game. … St. Bonaventure’s only losses are to Niagara (75-72 in the season opener) and to Texas Christian (89-79 on Nov. 25).

Next game: Dayton plays Massachusetts at noon Saturday at UD Arena. NBC Sports Network will televise the game.