Dayton (15-8) at St. Bonaventure (13-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reilly Center (5,780) -- Olean, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Dayton 9-4, SBU 9-1. Away Record: Dayton 4-3, SBU 2-7. Neutral Record: Dayton 2-1, SBU 2-1. Conference Record: Dayton 3-5, SBU 3-5. Series record: Dayton leads, 16-9.
GAME NOTES: The St. Bonaventure will try to turn back a team they've had trouble with over the recent years when they take on the Dayton Flyers at the Reilly Center in Atlantic 10 action on Saturday.
The Flyers have won 10 of the last 11 meetings, but two seasons ago at the Reilly Center the Bonnies ended a nine-game series skid with an 81-73 triumph. The teams have split the eight total contests at the Reilly Center.
St. Bonaventure, which is 9-1 at home this season, has lost five of its last seven games overall. That includes Wednesday's 64-62 setback at Richmond Wednesday. Matthew Wright scored 17 points to lead the Bonnies, while Youssou Ndoye added 15 points in the defeat. Kendall Anthony made a jumper with 5.4 seconds left to give the Spiders the victory.
The Bonnies are a well-balanced team offensively with seven players averaging at least eight points and they like to power the ball inside. Only 18 percent (107) of the Bonnies' 573 field goals are 3-pointers. The Bonnies are fifth in the conference in offensive rebounding and second in rebounding margin (+4.5) in the A-10. Wright (15.3 ppg) paces the team offensively, and he's followed closely by Kloof (12.5 ppg). Andell Cumberbatch (9.8 ppg), Youssou Ndoye (9.2 ppg), Dion Wright (9.1 ppg), Jordan Gathers (8.5 ppg) and Marquise Simmons (8.3 ppg) are also major contributors on the offensive end. Every one of mentioned players, except for Wright, have been the leading scorer for the Bonnies in a game at least once this season. Simmons (.636) is third in the A-10 in field-goal percentage, while Kloof is second in the conference in assists (5.0 apg), and Wright is first in free-throw percentage (.851).
The Flyers have put together back-to-back victories since a four-game skid. On Wednesday, Jordan Sibert scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in an 84-67 road win over the George Mason Patriots. Vee Sanford tallied 16 points, and Matt Kavanaugh added 14 points and six rebounds.
Devin Oliver has been the catalyst for the Flyers this season. The 6-foot-7 senior forward averages 12.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding (6.8), assists (2.3), steals (1.0) and in 3-point field-goal percentage (.439). Sibert (12.3 ppg) is shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc and Dyshawn Pierre (11.6 ppg) is making 54.2 percent of his field-goal tries. Ball movement is a huge factor in Dayton's success. When the Flyers have at least 15 assists in a game this season, they are 7-0.
The Flyers have already matched the number of wins outside UD Arena this season (6) from coach Archie Miller's first full year as head coach. This, though, has been an up-and-down season for the Flyers. When they win, they average 79.2 points, but when they lose that number drops to 67.4 ppg. Which team will show up today? The homecourt advantage for the Bonnies may be the tipping point in this contest.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 76, Dayton 72
02/08 10:26:00 ET