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

Jan 19, 2018

Who: Rhode Island (14-3, 6-0) at Dayton (9-9, 3-3)

When: 1 p.m., Saturday

Where: UD Arena

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

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 17.3

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.3

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

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.4

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 7.7

Probable Rhode Island starters

Jared Terrell, 6-3, Sr., G, 17.9

E.C. Matthews, 6-5, R-Sr., G, 13.6

Stanford Robinson, 6-4, R-Sr., G, 10.1

Andre Berry, 6-8, Sr., F, 9.8

Jeff Dowtin, 6-3, So., G, 8.6

Series history: Dayton leads 18-14. The Flyers have won two straight games in the series and six of the last seven. Last season Dayton beat the Rams 67-64 at UD Arena and 75-74 in Kingston, R.I. This is the first of two meetings this season. Dayton plays at Rhode Island on Feb. 23.

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Coaches: Anthony Grant is 9-9 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 202-119. Dan Hurley is 101-77 in his sixth season at Rhode Island.

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Last games: On Wednesday, Dayton lost 81-65 at St. Joseph’s, and Rhode Island beat Massachusetts 73-51 in Kingston, R.I.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 30 percent chance of winning and predicts a 75-69 score. … The Flyers lead the A-10 in shooting percentage (47.4). … Darrell Davis leads the A-10 in free-throw percentage (87.4). Davis has made 30 consecutive free throws. That’s the fourth-longest streak in UD history. Damon Goodwin owns the record with 36 in a row in 1983-84. Davis has 842 points in his career. He passed Norm Grevey (875, 1986-91) on Wednesday to move into 65th place in school history.

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About Rhode Island: The Rams rank 11th in the RPI. Dayton is 99th. In the Pomeroy ratings, Rhode Island ranks 36th, and Dayton is 133rd. … Rhode Island has won nine straight games. The 6-0 start in the A-10 is the school’s best start in conference play. … Terrell scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting against UMass. Robinson had 17 points and 12 rebounds. … Rhode Island is on the verge of moving into the top 25 of the Associated Press poll. It was two spots out this week. … Matthews has 1,669 points in his career. Terrell has 1,487. They rank 10th and 17th, respectively, in Rhode Island history. … Dowtin ranks second in the conference with 5.4 assists per game.

Next game: Dayton plays Davidson (9-6, 4-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at UD Arena (CBS Sports Network).

The Dayton Flyers beat Rhode Island 67-64 on Jan. 6, 2017, at UD Arena. Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Xeyrius Williams hits two late 3-pointers to give Dayton 75-74 victory on Feb. 10, 2017.
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