Richmond (17-11) at Dayton (15-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,409) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: CBSSN Regional, TWCS. Home Record: UR 14-2, UD 11-4. Away Record: UR 3-8, UD 2-7. Neutral Record: UR 0-1, UD 2-1. Conference Record: UR 7-6, UD 5-8. Series Record: Dayton leads, 11-8.
GAME NOTES: Chasing a spot in their upcoming conference tournament, the Dayton Flyers host the Richmond Spiders on Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 showdown.
After taking down George Washington on Wednesday night, 73-64, the Spiders have won three straight and can clinch an A-10 Tournament berth with a victory over the Flyers
In its most recent outing, Dayton defeated Charlotte, 88-67, to grab a much- needed win. Time is running out for the Flyers to make the conference tourney, as they are currently in 13th place with a record of 5-8. Only 12 teams make the conference tournament. UD trails Charlotte, Saint Joseph's, St. Bonaventure and George Washington, all with 6-7 records, by one game. This is UD's 18th season in the Atlantic 10, and in each of the previous 17 years the Flyers earned a berth to the A-10 Championship.
While Dayton holds an 11-8 advantage in the all-time series, the Spiders have won four straight, five of the last seven, and seven of the last 10 encounters between the two.
Cedrick Lindsay recorded a game-high 19 points as the Spiders defeated George Washington at the Robins Center earlier in the week. Greg Robbins contributed 15 points for the Spiders, while Darien Brothers finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. The first half ended in a 36-36 tie, but Richmond knocked down 5-of-11 3-point tries en route to the nine-point victory.
Four players are averaging in double figures for Richmond, led by Brothers with 14.7 ppg. Brothers and Anthony (12.3 ppg) can both inflict damage from the perimeter, where they have combined to sink 124-of-293 3-point attempts (.423). Derrick Williams (12.0 ppg, team-best 5.7 rpg) and Lindsay (10.9 ppg, 3.0 apg) have also been important contributors throughout the season. The Spiders average 69.8 ppg, while allowing 65.7 ppg.
Devin Oliver recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to guide the Flyers past the Charlotte 49ers. Oliver was one of five Dayton players to reach double figures, as Josh Benson and Kevin Dillard scored 15 points each, while Vee Sanford had 13 points and five assists, and Dyshawn Pierre chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds. Charlotte shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and led 34-29 at intermission. In the second half, Dayton took control of the contest by shooting a sizzling 66.7 percent from the field and by going 19-of-23 at the free-throw line. The Flyers overcame 17 turnovers by shooting 61.7 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line.
Dayton ranks first in the conference in 3-point shooting (.381). Dillard continues to lead the team in scoring (14.8 ppg), assists (4.6 apg), 3- pointers (48), free throws (115), free throw percentage (.885), minutes (32.5) and is second on the team lead in steals (31). Sanford (12.3 ppg) and Benson (10.4 ppg) also add to the Flyers offense. Oliver ranks fifth in the A-10 in overall rebounding (8.1 rpg). He also leads the Flyers with six double-doubles this season.
The Flyers have the motivation and they hope to keep their conference tournament hopes alive. Expect them to continue their winning ways and grab a well-deserved home victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 67, Richmond 63
03/02 10:59:47 ET