- By David Jablonski Staff Writer
Who: Duquesne (15-9, 6-5) at Dayton (10-12, 4-6)
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
Probable Dayton starters
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.6
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.4
Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.7
Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.5
Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.7
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Probable Duquesne starters
Mike Lewis II, 6-1, So., G, 15.7
Eric Williams Jr., 6-5, Fr., G, 14.8
Rene Castro-Cannedy, 6-2, Gr., G, 13.3
Chas Brown, 6-8, Gr., F, 4.3
Tydus Verhoeven, 6-8, Fr., F, 2.6
Series history: Dayton leads 53-23. Duquesne beat Dayton 70-62 on Dec. 30 in Pittsburgh in the A-10 opener for both teams. Castro-Cannedy led the Dukes with 21 points. Dayton struggled from 3-point range (5 of 26) and at the free-throw line (9 of 17). Duquesne has lost four straight games at UD Arena.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 10-12 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 203-122. Keith Dambrot is 15-9 in his first season at Duquesne. He spent the previous 13 seasons at Akron, where he was 305-139.
Last games: On Saturday, Dayton lost 86-82 in double overtime at Massachusetts, and Duquesne lost 84-81 at home to St. Bonaventure.
About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 69 percent chance of winning and predicts a 72-67 score. … Jordan Davis has made 3 of 15 3-pointers in the last four games. He’s shooting 40.8 percent on the season but has not topped 40 percent in a game since making 4 of 8 against Virginia Commonwealth. … Darrell Davis has 892 career points. He has a chance to pass Paul Williams (894) and Anthony Grant (902) on UD’s all-time scoring list in this game. … Cunningham has moved up to third in the country in two-point field-goal percentage (74.2).
About Duquesne: The Dukes lost to St. Bonaventure on a 3-pointer by Jaylen Adams with 3.8 seconds to play. Tarin Smith, who led the Dukes with 24 points off the bench, hit a 3-pointer on the previous possession to tie the game. It was the second loss in the final seconds in eight days for Duquesne. Rhode Island’s Stanford Robinson beat Duquesne with a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Jan. 27 in Kingston, R.I. …. Duquesne already has five more victories than last season when it finished 10-22. Dambrot needs two more wins to tie the school record for most victories by a first-year coach.
Next game: Dayton plays at Virginia Commonwealth (14-9, 6-4) at 6 p.m. Saturday in Richmond, Va.