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Dayton (12-8) at Saint Louis (15-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Chaifetz Arena (10,600) -- Saint Louis, Missouri. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: UD 9-3, SLU 12-2. Away Record: UD 1-4, SLU 2-2. Neutral Record: UD 2-1, SLU 1-1. Conference Record: UD 3-3, SLU 4-2. Series Record: Dayton leads, 25-23.
GAME NOTES: Seeking their first road victory in conference play, the Dayton Flyers make the trip to Chaifetz Arena to battle the Saint Louis Billikens in Atlantic 10 Conference action.
The Flyers lost a close decision on the road to Xavier on Wednesday night, 66-61. That loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for Dayton, which has now dropped four of its last six.
After upsetting No. 9 Butler, 75-58, on Thursday night, the Billikens are on a three-game win streak. Overall, they are 12-2 in their last 14 decisions, and are tied for third place in the A-10 as a result.
Dayton leads the all-time series, 25-23, but has lost five of the last seven meetings. Last season the two teams split a pair of game, with each winning at home.
Vee Sanford led the Flyers with 16 points in their 66-61 loss to Xavier. Kevin Dillard scored all 12 of his points in the second half and added four rebounds and five assists. The Flyers led by one with less than a minutes to play, but Xavier scored the final four points to steal the victory. The Flyers shot the ball well, hitting 48 percent of their field goal attempts and 8-of-16 from beyond the arc, but were outrebounded by a 36-18 margin. UD came into the game leading the A-10 in rebounding margin at plus 12.5 during conference play.
Dillard is the leading scorer for the Flyers (14.8 ppg). Two others are boasting double-figure scoring averages in Sanford (12.9 ppg) and Josh Benson (10.2 ppg). Benson has been impressive, shooting 55.4 percent from the floor. Devin Oliver adds 9.4 ppg with 8.5 rpg (second in the league). Overall, UD leads the conference in 3-point shooting (.390), and ranks second in both scoring offense (72.3) and assists (14.7), while holding its opponents to 64.6 ppg and just 41.8 percent shooting.
Jordair Jett matched his career high with 19 points as the Billikens dismantled the Butler Bulldogs, 75-58, in front of a record crowd of 10,612 at Chaifetz Arena. Butler was hounded into a season-worst 23 turnovers. Dwayne Evans added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Billikens. SLU shot 50 percent from the floor, and the 17-point margin of victory was the school's largest-ever against a ranked opponent.
Saint Louis leads the A-10 in scoring defense at a mere 57.8 ppg (18th nationally). It's a good thing too, because its play at the offensive end has been lacking at times. The Billikens are just 12th in the A-10 in scoring at a meager 67.1 ppg. Cody Ellis is tied for the team lead at 11.0 ppg, despite not starting a single game. Dwayne Evans and Mike McCall Jr. are the other top producers, netting 11.0 and 10.7 ppg, respectively. Evans is the team's leading rebounder at 6.5 rpg.
Saint Louis has all the momentum coming in from their domination of Butler. Dayton can score and rebound but hasn't been able to win on the road in A-10 play this season. Expect the crowd to be still pumped from Thursday night's excitement so look for the Billikens to give them the win they want.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Louis 75, Dayton 70
02/02 10:41:05 ET
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