Dayton (13-6) at Rhode Island (10-10)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 25, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas M. Ryan Center (7,657) -- Kingston, Rhode Island.
Television: CBS Sports Network. Home Record: Dayton 8-3, Rhode Island 8-3 Away
Record: Dayton 3-2, Rhode Island 2-7. Neutral Record: Dayton 2-1, Rhode Island
0-0. Conference Record: Dayton 1-3, Rhode Island 1-4. Series Record: Series is
GAME NOTES: The Dayton Flyers will try to correct a two-game conference losing
streak as they travel to face the Rhode Island Rams in Atlantic 10 action at
the Ryan Center.
Dayton has lost two in a row and three of its last four, all in conference
play. The Flyers are 13-6 overall, but sit three and a half games back in the
A-10 standings with a 1-3 conference record. Their most recent loss came at
the hands of VCU, 80-66, on Wednesday.
After an exciting overtime win against George Mason, Rhode Island got back in
a losing rhythm with a 61-57 loss at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday. The Rams
have now lost four of their last five contests - like Dayton, all in A-10
play. Rhode Island is trying to improve a 1-4 conference record.
The all-time series is split between these two programs, 12-12. Dayton,
however, has lost the last six meetings between the Atlantic 10 rivals, and
eight of the last nine in the series.
Dayton and VCU exchanged a lead five times in the first half of their clash
Wednesday before VCU went on a run to take a 36-17 halftime lead. The closest
Dayton would come to touching the lead was five points before the Rams cruised
to an 80-66 victory. Devin Oliver led the Flyers with 21 points on 5-of-10
shooting from the floor, and added a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points in the losing effort.
Pierre and Jordan Sibert are tied for the Dayton lead this season in scoring
average, each contributing 11.9 ppg. Pierre connects on 53.2 percent of his
shots from the floor this year, while Sibert hits 46.3 percent. Oliver isn't
far behind at all, netting 11.8 ppg with a team-best 7 rpg. Oliver is also the
team's leader in assists with 47 total on the season. The Flyers have averaged
75.5 ppg through their 19 contests.
Rhode Island ran into a very hot Saint Joseph's team Wednesday, but stayed
competitive all the way through the final buzzer, eventually dropping a 61-57
contest. Xavier Munford led the Rams with 16 points in the game with eight
rebounds and a team-high six turnovers. Gilvydas Biruta was the only other
Rhode Island player to net a double-digit point total, scoring 11 before
fouling out. The Rams shot 38.6 percent from the floor in the game, including
a dismal 18.8 percent from 3-point range.
Munford leads the Rhode Island squad this season in scoring, averaging 16.3
ppg on 37.2 percent shooting from the floor. E.C. Matthews is second with 11.4
ppg, and Biruta is third at 10.9 ppg. Biruta tops the Rams with a 7 rpg
average. Rhode Island is averaging 66.5 ppg through 20 games played, but gives
up slightly more than that at 67 ppg surrendered.
History doesn't appear to be on Dayton's side in this matchup, and the fact
that it's in Rhode Island's home gym certainly plays away from Dayton's favor.
The Rams should take this one, but the two squads will meet again this season
on Feb. 12 in Dayton.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rhode Island 68, Dayton 62
01/25 10:29:45 ET
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