Rhode Island (15-13, 7-8) at Dayton (22-5, 12-3)
When: Noon, Saturday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: ESPN2; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
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Probable Dayton starters
Steve McElvene, 6-11, Fr., C, 6.6
Dyshawn Pierre, 6-6, Sr., F, 12.8
Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Jr., G, 10.7
Kyle Davis, 6-0, Jr., G, 7.9
Charles Cooke, 6-5, Jr., G, 15.7
Probable Rhode Island starters
Kuran Iverson, 6-9, Jr., F, 9.5
Four McGylnn, 6-2, Sr., G, 11.3
Jarvis Garrett, 6-0, So., G, 13.3
Jared Terrell, 6-3, So., G, 13.9
Earl Watson, 6-7, Sr., C, 5.0
Series history: Dayton leads 16-13. The Flyers have won four straight games. They beat the Rams 68-66 in Kingston, R.I., on Feb. 12.
Last game: Dayton beat Saint Louis 52-49 on Tuesday. Rhode Island lost 65-54 at Davidson on Tuesday.
Next game: Dayton plays at Richmond at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Rhode Island hosts Massachusetts at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Coaches: Dayton’s Archie Miller is 112-52 in his fifth season. Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley is 60-62 in his fourth season.
About Dayton: Pierre scored 17 in the victory at Rhode Island. Smith had 13. Darrell Davis hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play. … The Flyers rank 17th in the RPI. The Rams rank 128th. … Dayton can clinch a top-four seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament with a victory. It leads fifth-place George Washington by two games with three games to play and has a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Colonials. … McElvene has 49 blocks. He’s four away from tying the single-season school record set by Chris Wright in 2009-10. … KenPom.com gives UD a 78 percent chance of winning and predicts a 67-60 score.
About Rhode Island: Terrell scored 13 in the loss to Davidson. The Rams shot 34 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from 3-point range (3 of 13). … McGlynn led the Rams with 19 points against the Flyers. Terrell scored 14. Garrett had 13. … Rhode Island is 1-6 on the road in the A-10. Its only win came at La Salle. … The Rams are in seventh place, one game ahead of Richmond. … Guard Christion Thompson (4.0 points per game) missed the last game with a concussion.
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