Xavier (14-9) at Dayton (13-11)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,266) -- Dayton, Ohio.
Television: ESPN 2. Home Record: XU 9-2, UD 10-4. Away Record: XU 3-5, UD 1-6.
Neutral Record: XU 2-2, UD 2-1. Conference Record: XU 7-3, UD 3-7. Series
Record: Dayton leads, 84-75.
GAME NOTES: One of the biggest rivalries in college basketball adds another
chapter on Saturday afternoon, as the Xavier Musketeers take on the Dayton
Flyers in an Atlantic 10 Conference battle at UD Arena.
The Musketeers nabbed their second straight victory on Wednesday night when
they downed Fordham at home, 79-66. With the win, XU has won three of its last
four and sits in a four-way tie for second place in the conference at 7-3.
As a result of their 75-72 loss to Rhode Island, the Flyers remained winless
on the road in conference play, dropping their first five away from UD Arena.
They are 1-4 in their last five contests overall.
UD leads the all-time series with XU, 84-75, but lost the earlier matchup at
Cintas Center on Jan. 30. The series represents the most games against any
opponent for both schools, and two teams have met at least once every year
since 1946-47. This game also features the 58th contest with the
Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy on the line. Since 1980-81, the winning team
receives the Black/Mac trophy, which is named after the two legendary coaches
who put their two schools on the basketball map -- Dayton's Tom Blackburn and
Xavier's Jim McCafferty. The trophy series only covers regular-season
meetings, and XU leads the trophy series by a 37-20 margin.
Xavier is coming off its second straight win, and it had five players score in
double figures for the first time since Nov. 25 vs. Drake. Freshman Semaj
Christon led the Musketeers with 19 points to go with five assists and two
steals, while sophomore Justin Martin tallied 16 points (one shy of his career
high) and seven rebounds.
Christon leads the team with 15.1 ppg, while Taylor adds 11.9 ppg, shooting
55.9 percent from the field, and 8.3 rpg. The team is strong defensively,
holding opponents to 61.7 ppg and 40.8 percent shooting from field. It also
outrebounds foes by an average of five rpg.
Dyshawn Pierre recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 10
rebounds, but the Flyers suffered another heartbreaking loss to Rhode Island.
Four Flyers scored in double figures, with Kevin Dillard adding 15 points and
five assists, Devin Oliver chipping in with 12 points and Vee Sanford scoring
11. Xavier Munford made a long 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left to give URI the
victory. Dillard had made a deep 3-pointer with 8.8 seconds left to tie the
game, capping a rally from an eight-point deficit.
For Dayton, Dillard leads the way with 15.0 points and 4.6 assists per
contest, while he is shooting at nearly a 40 percent clip from beyond the arc.
Sanford (12.5 ppg) and Josh Benson (10.0 ppg) are also averaging double
figures, and Oliver mans the paint with 9.4 points and a team-best 8.4
rebounds per tilt. The Flyers are one of the better rebounding teams in the
A-10, as they boast a +4.6 margin on the boards. They also lead the league in
3-point field goal percentage (.385).
The Musketeers are the better squad this season, but with this rivalry, expect
a tight game and a close Xavier win
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Xavier 67, Dayton 62
02/16 10:37:00 ET