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

Updated Feb 22, 2018
Dayton’s Josh Cunningham dribbles against Rhode Island’s Nicola Akele on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (13-14, 7-8) at No. 18 Rhode Island (22-4, 14-1)

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I.

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

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Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.1

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 15.9

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 10.6

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 9.2

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.3

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Probable Rhode Island starters

Jared Terrell, 6-3, Sr., G, 17.6

E.C. Matthews, 6-5, R-Sr., G, 12.0

Stanford Robinson, 6-4, R-Sr., G, 9.9

Andre Berry, 6-8, Sr., F, 9.3

Jeff Dowtin, 6-3, So., G, 9.2

Series history: Dayton leads 18-15. The Rams beat the Flyers 88-74 in Dayton on Jan. 20. Dayton won the last matchup at the Ryan Center, 75-74 on Feb. 10, 2017.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 13-14 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 206-124. Dan Hurley is 109-78 in his sixth season at Rhode Island.

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Last games: On Tuesday, Dayton beat Saint Louis 53-50 at UD Arena, and Rhode Island beat La Salle 95-93 in overtime in Philadelphia.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton an 11 percent chance of winning and predicts an 81-67 score. … Darrell Davis scored seven points Tuesday and has 960 points in his career. He passed James Paxson (956, 1951-56) and Charles Cooke (957, 2015-17) to move into 51st place. … Jordan Davis has made 51 of 121 3-pointers. He passed Ramod Marshall (50 of 120) on Tuesday and ranks fourth in UD history for 3-pointers made by a freshman. … Crutcher has averaged 5.7 assists in A-10 games. He ranks second in the conference. He ranks fifth in school history for assists by a freshman (119) and needs 10 more to move into second place behind Juwan Staten (190).

About Rhode Island: Rhode Island ranks eighth in the RPI. Dayton is 123rd. In the Pomeroy ratings, Rhode Island ranks 30th. Dayton is 151st. … In his latest NCAA tournament prediction, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi seeded Rhode Island fifth. St. Bonaventure, a No. 11 seed, was the only other Atlantic 10 team in his bracket. … Robinson scored a season-high 20 points against La Salle. … Matthews ranks fourth in school history with 1,778 points. … Rhode Island averages 6,542 fans at home games. That’s fourth in the A-10 behind Dayton (12,880), Virginia Commonwealth (7,637) and Richmond (6,673). The average home attandance in the conference is 4,888. Fordham ranks last (1,583).

Next game: Dayton plays La Salle at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia. Spectrum Sports will televise the game.