FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,435) -- Dayton, Ohio.
Television: CBSSN. Home Record: MSU 4-0, UD 5-2. Away Record: MSU 3-0, UD 1-0.
Neutral Record: MSU 2-1, UD 2-1. Conference Record: MSU 0-0, UD 0-0. Series
Record: Dayton leads, 5-3.
GAME NOTES: The Murray State Racers put their 16-game road winning streak to
the test again as they travel to UD Arena to take on the Dayton Flyers in a
The Racers continued their impressive success away from home with a 61-54
victory at Arkansas State on Wednesday night. While MSU had a season-low 21
field goals and .412 shooting percentage, its strong defense was what led it
to its sixth straight win since losing on Nov. 18 against Colorado in the
title game of the Charleston Classic.
Murray State's school-record road winning streak is remarkable, as the Racers
were the only undefeated road team last season in Division I, going 13-0.
MSU's last road defeat was the final game of the 2010-11 season at Missouri
State in the NIT on March 15, 2011. Head coach Steve Prohm became the fastest
to 40 wins in school history with his team's victory at ASU. Prohm has 40 wins
in 43 games surpassing the previous best by Mick Cronin (2003-05) who had 40
wins in 53 games. Cronin, now the head coach at Cincinnati. MSU's All-American
Isaiah Canaan enters the UD game ranked eighth in the nation with a 21.0
Dayton played at MSU last season with the Racers winning 75-58. The Flyers
lead the series 5-3 with four games having been played in the 1950s and two in
Dayton is hoping to bounce back after a tough one-point loss at home to
Illinois State on Wednesday. Kevin Dillard and Dyshawn Pierre each scored 14
points in the setback, while Josh Benson finished with 13 points. The Flyers
were accurate early, shooting 48.4 percent from the field in the first half
but they trailed at the break, 42-40. While the Flyers did make 46.7 of their
shots from the field, they managed to hit just one of their six 3-point
attempts after halftime. After Dayton took a one-point lead (62-61) with just
under eight minutes to play, ISU scored the next seven points to go back ahead
for good. Dayton had two chances to win the game in the final seconds, but
both shots were off the mark, allowing the Redbirds to escape with the
Dayton, 8-3 overall, has won seven of its last nine with the two losses coming
by one point apiece. Dayton has three of the Top-30 scorers in the Atlantic 10
Conference in Kevin Dillard (15.0 ppg), Vee Sanford (11.7 ppg) and Josh Benson
(11.6 ppg). Dillard will be a game-time decision due to back spasms suffered
in Wednesday's game. As a team, Dayton ranks second in the A-10 in field goal
percentage (.473), and defensive rebounding (29.4 rpg).
Dayton is hoping to rebound from a close loss and usually plays well at home,
but Murray State has been on fire on the road over the past two seasons and
its strong start this year would indicate that the trend should continue.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Murray State 76, Dayton 72