Jablonski: Flyers try to protect No. 24 ranking at George Mason

Preview: Dayton at George Mason

When: 6 p.m., Saturday

Where: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va.

TV/Radio: TWC SportsChannel; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

Probable Dayton starters

Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Jr., F, 11.2

Dyshawn Pierre, 6-6, Sr., F, 13.7

Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Jr., G, 9.9

Kyle Davis, 6-0, Jr., G, 8.3

Charles Cooke, 6-5, Jr., G, 15.7

Probable George Mason starters

Marquise Moore, 6-2, Jr., G, 12.3

Otis Livingston II, 5-11, Fr., G, 11.8

Jaire Grayer, 6-4, Fr., G, 9.9

Shevon Thompson, 6-11, Sr., C, 8.9

Marko Gujanicic, 6-8, Sr., F, 9.2

Series history: Dayton leads 5-1 and has won the last five games. The Flyers beat George Mason 76-63 last season at UD Arena and won 84-67 on Feb. 5, 2014, in their last game at George Mason.

Last game: Dayton beat La Salle 59-44 on Saturday. George Mason won 78-74 at Richmond on Wednesday.

Next game: Dayton plays Duquesne at 7 p.m. Tuesday at UD Arena. George Mason plays at Rhode Island at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Coaches: Dayton’s Archie Miller is 108-50 in his fifth season. … Dave Paulsen is 8-14 in his first season at George Mason.

About Dayton: The Flyers have won six games in a row. A victory gives them their first seven-game winning streak in A-10 play since 2009. … Dayton is shooting 48.1 percent from the field in its six-game winning streak, compared to 46.6 on the season. Opponents are averaging 59 points per game during the winning streak, compared to 63.9 on the season. … Dayton allowed 37 and 44 points in its last two games. It’s the first time since the 2005-06 season it has allowed fewer than 50 points in back-to-back games. It beat Arkansas-Monticello 63-46 and Florida A&M 73-48 in December 2005.

About George Mason: The Patriots are 0-4 at home in A-10 play with losses to St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph’s, Duquesne and George Washington. … Grayer led the Patriots with 20 points Wednesday at Richmond. … George Mason has seven freshmen on the roster. In addition to the two starters, guard Kameron Murrell and forward Danny Dixon are also in the rotation. Livingston has been named A-10 Rookie of the Week twice. … Thompson leads the A-10 in rebounds per game (10.3).

— David Jablonski

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