Dayton Flyers at VCU Rams: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Feb 09, 2018
Dayton’s Jordan Davis scores and is fouled by Virginia Commonwealth’s Mike’l Simms on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (11-12, 5-6) at Virginia Commonwealth (14-10, 6-5)

When: 6 p.m., Saturday

Where: Siegel Center, Richmond, Va.

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

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Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.8

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.6

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.8

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.5

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.1

Probable VCU starters

Justin Tillman, 6-8, Sr., F, 18.5

De’Riante Jenkins, 6-5, So., G, 13.0

Isaac Vann, 6-6, R-So., F, 10.1

Sean Mobley, 6-8, Fr., F, 4.0

Malik Crowfield, 6-4, So., G, 6.7

Series history: VCU leads the series 7-5. The teams split two games last season. VCU won 73-68 in Richmond. Dayton won 79-72 on Senior Night at UD Arena, clinching the outright championship in the Atlantic 10. Dayton beat VCU 106-79 at UD Arena on Jan. 12 this season.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 10-11 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 204-122. VCU’s Mike Rhoades is 11-6 in his first season. He had a 47-52 record at Rice the last three seasons.

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Last games: On Wednesday, Dayton beat Duquesne 88-73 at UD Arena, and VCU lost 77-76 at Richmond.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 37 percent chance of winning and predicts a 78-75 score. … Dayton ranks 66th in the country in offensive efficiency and 237th in defensive efficiency. Last season, its offense ranked 53rd, and its defense ranked 43rd. … Crutcher is averaging 4.1 assists per game. That would be the fifth-highest total for a freshman in school history if it stands. His assists-to-turnover ratio (2.3) would be the best mark by a freshman in school history, and it would tie him for the seventh best by any player.

About VCU: Jonathan Crowfield started against Richmond in the place of Jonthan Williams, who missed the game with a sprained ankle. Williams suffered the injury in an 81-68 loss to Rhode Island in Richmond on Feb. 2. Rhoades said Wednesday he was hopeful Williams would be able to play against Dayton. Williams leads the A-10 with 5.7 assists per game. … Freshman forward Sean Mobley has started the last five games. … Tillman scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the first game against Dayton.

Next game: Dayton plays at George Mason (10-14, 4-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Spectrum Sports will televise the game.