Richmond (18-12) at Dayton (21-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,455) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: WHIO. Home Record: Richmond 12-4, Dayton 12-4. Away Record: Richmond 5-7, Dayton 7-4. Neutral Record: Richmond 1-1, Dayton 2-1. Conference Record: Richmond 8-7, Dayton 9-6. Series record: Dayton leads, 12-9.
GAME NOTES: The Dayton Flyers can improve their seeding for the Atlantic 10 Tournament when they meet the Richmond Spiders in the regular-season finale.
At 9-6 in the A-10, Dayton is currently in sixth place in the conference, a game out of the fourth position. The lowest seed Dayton can end up with is seventh, and the highest is fourth. Richmond is 8-7 in conference play, which is seventh. The Spiders cannot go below that spot, but can overtake Dayton with a win. That's because Richmond won the earlier encounter this season with the Flyers, 73-64, on Jan. 18, at the Robins Center.
Dayton is coming off a 72-67 upset win at No. 17 Saint Louis Wednesday night. Jordan Sibert scored 14 points to pace the Flyers. Dyshawn Pierre tallied 11 points and Jalen Robinson deposited 10 points for Dayton, which has won eight of its last nine games. It was Dayton's first win over a ranked conference opponent on the road. The Flyers had lost all 15 previous such contests. It was also Dayton's first road win over a ranked foe since Dec. 8, 2007 at Louisville.
The Flyers have been winning of late with good defense. In eight of the last 10 games, opponents have scored less than 70 points. Sibert (12.6 ppg), Devin Oliver (11.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Pierre (11.4 ppg) lead the way for the Flyers, who average 73.6 ppg. Oliver has averaged a double-double with 10.2 ppg and 10.4 rpg over the last five games, while making all 13 of his foul shots. Sibert had made 48.5 percent of his 3-point shots in that span.
The Spiders have lost three in a row, including a 56-50 setback at home against VCU on Thursday. Kendall Anthony finished with a game-high 20 points for Richmond, which is slipping from NCAA Tournament contention with losses in four of its last five. Trey Davis and Terry Allen each had double-digit rebound totals with 12 and 10, respectively.
Richmond has held teams to 64 points or less in regulation in 12 of the last 17 games, but it's been tough going for the Spiders without seniors Cedrick Lindsay (torn meniscus in both knees) and Derrick Williams (personal reasons) since early February. Anthony is now the lone remaining double-digit scorer (15.9 ppg) on the team, which is averaging just 67.3 ppg. Richmond though, is second in the A-10 in scoring defense (65.2 ppg) and second in the conference in field-goal percentage defense (.412).
The Flyers have won nine of the 10 meetings against the Spiders at UD Arena, but will be looking for revenge following the defeat earlier this season. The Spiders were 32-of-35 at the charity stripe in that contest. Look for the Flyers to build on the momentum of Wednesday's upset victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 73, Richmond 66
03/08 10:23:27 ET