No. 7 seed Dayton (25-7) vs. No. 10 Syracuse (19-13)
When: 12:15 p.m. Friday
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
What: First round of NCAA Tournament
TV/Radio: WHIO-TV Ch. 7; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
Probable Dayton starters
Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Jr., F, 10.6
Dyshawn Pierre, 6-6, Sr., F, 13.1
Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Jr., G, 11.7
Kyle Davis, 6-0, Jr., G, 7.9
Charles Cooke, 6-5, Jr., G, 15.7
Probable Syracuse starters
DaJuan Coleman, 6-9, Sr., C, 5.1
Trevor Cooney, 6-4, Sr., G, 12.8
Michael Gbinije, 6-7, F, 17.8
Tyler Roberson, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.8
Malachi Richardson, 6-6, Fr., F, 13.2
Series history: Dayton leads 2-1. Syracuse beat Dayton 84-74 in 1975, in Syracuse. Dayton won 76-67 at UD Arena in 1977. No. 11 seed Dayton beat No. 3 seed Syracuse 55-53 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2014.
Last game: Dayton lost 82-79 to St. Joseph’s in the semifinals of the A-10 tournament. Syracuse lost 72-71 to Pittsburgh on March 9 in the second round of the ACC tournament.
Next game: The Dayton-Syracuse winner plays No. 2 seed Michigan State (29-4) or No. 15 Middle Tennessee State (24-9) on Sunday at a time to be announced. The Spartans and Blue Raiders play at 2:45 p.m. Friday.
Coaches: Dayton’s Archie Miller is 115-54 in five seasons and 5-2 in two NCAA tournament appearances. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is 880-341 in 40 seasons. He had 101 wins vacated between 2004-07 and 2010-12 seasons because of NCAA infractions.
About Dayton: Dayton is 4-0 against teams from the Power 5 conferences this season with wins over Iowa, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Arkansas. It has won seven straight games against ACC opponents. … Dayton is one of six schools to win five NCAA tournament games the last two seasons. Kentucky, Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan State and Connecticut are the others. … Miller is one of five coaches to win at least five NCAA Tournament games in his first four seasons. Mark Few, Thad Matta, Shaka Smart and Roy Williams are the others.
About Syracuse: The Orange tied for ninth out of 15 teams in the ACC with a 9-9 mark. This is their 38th NCAA tournament appearance. They are 57-37 in the big dance. Syracuse won its only NCAA championship in 2003. … Coleman, Cooney, Gbinije and Roberson were on the roster in 2014 when Syracuse last played in the tournament. Only Cooney and Gbinije played against Dayton. … Gbinije made the All-ACC second team and the all-defensive team. Richardson made the all-freshman team. … Tyler Lydon, a 6-9 freshman forward, is the top scorer off the bench with 10.1 points per game. .. Gbinije and Cooney are the top 3-point threats with 85 and 81 made 3-pointers, respectively.
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