Dayton (5-2) at Alabama (6-1)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 9 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coleman Coliseum (15,383) -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Television: CSS. Home Record: UD 3-1, UA 4-0. Away Record: UD 0-0, UA 0-1.
Neutral Record: UD 2-1, UA 2-0. Conference Record: UD 0-0, UA 0-0. Series
Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Alabama Crimson Tide will try to get back into the win column
on Wednesday night, as they welcome the Dayton Flyers to Coleman Coliseum for
a non-conference matchup.
Alabama suffered a heartbreaking 58-56 road loss at No. 17 Cincinnati over the
weekend, as the Bearcats staved off the upset with a buzzer beater as time
expired. It was only the first loss of the season for the Crimson Tide, who
also boast wins over the likes of Villanova and Oregon State. The Tide are
also unbeaten at home in four tries so far this season.
Dayton has also gotten off to a solid start and enters this tilt with wins in
four of its last five outings. Most recently, the Flyers dismantled Northern
Illinois at home on Saturday, 60-34. This marks the team's first true road
game of the 2012-13 campaign.
The all-time series between these two schools is tied at 1-1. These teams met
last year in Dayton, where the Flyers claimed a 74-62 victory.
Dayton held NIU to only five first-half points on 2-of-19 shooting from the
floor, tying the fewest points allowed in the first half of a Division I game
since the shot clock was introduced in 1986. It was also the fewest points
allowed by UD in a half in the modern era. For the game, UD forced 24
turnovers and scored 25 points off those turnovers. Devin Oliver and Josh
Benson shared team-high scoring honors with 12 points apiece, while Vee
Sanford scored 11 in the victory. Leading scorer Kevin Dillard (13.9 ppg)
finished with as many points as turnovers (3), as he shot just 1-of-7 from the
floor. However, the Flyers' swarming defensive effort more than made up for
Dillard's off night. Sanford is second on the team with 11.7 ppg, while Benson
(10.6 ppg) and Oliver (10.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg) are also averaging double figures.
Alabama held Cincinnati to 39 percent shooting on Saturday and also won the
rebounding battle, 37-32. However, Bearcats guard Cashmere Wright came up with
the biggest bucket of the night when he buried the game-winning jumper as time
expired. Wright's last-second dagger came after the Crimson Tide had rallied
all the way back from a 13-point deficit. Trevor Lacey tallied a game-high 16
points and seven rebounds in a losing effort, while Trevor Releford joined him
in double figures with 12 points. On the season, Releford paces the squad with
17.5 ppg and has knocked down 12-of-23 3-pointers (.522). Rodney Cooper is
next in line with 14.5 ppg, followed by Lacey with 13.9 ppg. Alabama has held
foes to 54.9 ppg for a +14.0 scoring margin.
The Tide figure to come out hungry at home after suffering their first loss in
such heartbreaking fashion. Still, don't count out the Flyers, who are coming
off a historic defensive performance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Alabama 66, Dayton 63
12/05 10:38:26 ET
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