Dayton (12-7) at Xavier (11-8)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 30, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cintas Center (10,250) -- Cincinnati. Ohio.
Television: CBS Sports Network. Home Record: Dayton 9-3, Xavier 7-2. Away
Record: Dayton 1-3, Xavier 2-4. Neutral Record: Dayton 2-1, Xavier 2-2.
Conference Record: Dayton 2-3, Xavier 4-2. Series Record: Dayton leads 84-74.
GAME NOTES: The Dayton Flyers hit the road looking to keep the ball rolling as
they take on the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center on Wednesday night in
an Atlantic 10 Conference clash between two familiar foes.
Dayton is fresh off a 72-56 win over Duquesne. It was the second win in a row
for the Flyers after a 3-game slump against VCU, Butler, and La Salle. The
team is still searching for its first conference win on the road after falling
in its first two attempts.
Xavier has lost two games in a row and is coming off a 59-49 loss at Saint
Joseph's. Both losses came on the road as the squad has earned wins in its
last three home games. Two of those wins came over La Salle (70-63) and Temple
(57-52). The Musketeers are 7-2 at home this season and look to continue
their strong performances at the Cintas Center.
The Flyers lead the all-time series 84-74 but Xavier has won the last 27 games
played in Cincinnati, dating all the way back to the 1980-81 season. Dayton
and Xavier have met more times than any other teams in the Atlantic 10
In the win over Duquesne, Dayton had five players score in double figures led
by Josh Benson who was 7-of-8 from the field, finishing with 17 points and
eight rebounds. Kevin Dillard, the team's leading scorer on the season (14.8
ppg), struggled, hitting just 2-of-11 shots and going 0-of-5 from long range.
Dillard was able to find other ways to help the offense, shooting 6-of-6 from
the free-throw line and dishing out a game-high seven assists. Two others are
boasting of double-figure scoring averages in Vee Sanford (12.7 ppg) and Josh
Benson (10.5 ppg). Benson has been impressive, shooting 55.4 percent from the
floor. Devin Oliver has added 9.5 ppg with 8.6 rpg. The team plays well on
both ends, scoring 72.9 ppg on 46.1 percent shooting, while holding opponents
to 64.5 ppg and just 41.8 percent shooting.
Semaj Christon led Xavier in scoring against Saint Joseph's with 16 points.
Travis Taylor added 10 points, while Jeff Robinson pulled down 10 rebounds.
Despite being a freshman, Christon leads the team in scoring this season with
14.9 ppg. while Taylor adds 11.5 ppg on 54.0 percent shooting from the floor.
The Musketeers rank 256th in scoring in the nation at just 63.9 ppg, but have
been saved all year long by stellar defensive play. Xavier allows opponents to
score only 60.7 ppg (52nd in the nation), while shooting only 40.5 percent
from the field.
Dayton's road woes are well documented, and winning in the Queen City has
never come easy for the Flyers. That being said, the visitors have an outside
shot at a win here behind the play of Dillard.
Sports Network Projected Outcome: Dayton 64, Xavier 59
01/30 10:35:05 ET