Dayton vs. UMass: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Jan 05, 2018

Who: Massachusetts (7-8, 0-2) at Dayton (7-7, 1-1)

When: Noon, Saturday

Where: UD Arena

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

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 17.5

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.9

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 8.4

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.7

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 5.9

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Probable UMass starters

Luwane Pipkins, 5-11, So., G, 17.9

Rashaan Holloway, 6-11, Jr., C, 9.9

C.J. Anderson, 6-6, Sr., G, 8.6

Carl Pierre, 6-4, Fr., G, 10.2

Malik Hines, 6-10, Jr., F, 7.9

Series history: Tied 12-12. UMass beat Dayton 67-55 last season in Amherst, Mass. Dayton won the last matchup at UD Arena 93-63 on Jan. 6, 2016. The teams play again Feb. 3 at UMass.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 7-7 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 200-117. Matt McCall is 7-8 in his first season at UMass. He was 48-18 in two seasons at Chattanooga.

Last games: On Wednesday, Dayton beat St. Bonaventure 82-72 , and UMass lost 80-72 in overtime at home to George Mason.

About Dayton: gives Dayton a 71 percent chance of winning and predicts a 71-65 score. … The Flyers are seeking their first two-game winning streak of the season. Dayton lost its last three games a season ago, so the last winning streak it had of any kind was a nine-game winning streak that culminated with the Senior Night victory against Virginia Commonwealth on March 1. … Dayton moved from No. 140 to No. 128 in the Pomeroy ratings by beating No. 58 St. Bonaventure. UMass ranks 171st. Dayton moved from No. 90 to No. 70 in the RPI. It’s the third highest-ranked A-10 team. UMass is No. 225. It’s third lowest-ranked A-10 team.

About UMass: The Minutemen are 0-4 in true road games and 0-2 in neutral-court games. … UMass has lost two overtime games. It has lost two other games by three points or fewer. … UMass made 5 of 27 3-pointers (18.5 percent) in its loss to George Mason. It was its worst long-range shooting performance of the season. Its season percentage is 37.2. Pipkins and Pierre each have made 41 3-pointers. … Pipkins scored 17 points against the Flyers last season. Holloway had 14. … Six players, including two of the team’s top four scorers (Donte Clark and Dejon Jarreau), transferred when McCall was hired, and a grad transfer from Maryland set to join the team, Jaylen Brantley, was ruled out for the season with a heart ailment.

Next game: Dayton plays at Richmond at 7 p.m. Tuesday