Dayton at George Mason: What you need to know about Wednesday’s game

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 9:34 AM


            George Mason’s Otis Livingston II drives to the basket against Dayton on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
George Mason’s Otis Livingston II drives to the basket against Dayton on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (11-13, 5-7) at George Mason (11-14, 5-7)

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday

Where: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va.

TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.7

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.3

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 10.0

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 9.0

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.6

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Probable George Mason starters

Otis Livingston II, 5-11, Jr., G, 16.9

Jaire Grayer, 6-5, Jr., G, 13.5

Justin Kier, 6-4, So., G, 10.9

Goanar Mar, 6-7, Fr., F, 10.1

Greg Calixte, 6-8, Fr., F, 4.8

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Series history: Dayton leads 7-1. The Flyers have seven straight wins against George Mason, including an 83-70 victory last season at UD Arena and a 98-64 victory in 2016 at George Mason.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 11-13 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 204-123. George Mason’s Dave Paulsen is 42-49 in his third season.

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Last games: On Saturday, Dayton lost 88-84 in overtime at Virginia Commonwealth , and George Mason beat George Washington 72-65 at the Patriot Center.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 61 percent chance of winning and predicts a 75-72 score. … Dayton ranks third in the country in 2-point field-goal per centage (59.5), 94th in free-throw percentage (73.6) and 170th in 3-point percentage (35.0). If Dayton’s free-throw percentage holds up, it would be the program’s best mark since it shot 73.6 in 2000-01. … A loss would drop Dayton three games under .500 for the first time this season. … Dayton is 1-7 in true road games. Its only win came at Richmond on Jan. 9. … Dayton ranks 132nd in the Pomeroy ratings. George Mason is 237th. Dayton is 115th in the RPI, and George Mason is 212th.

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About George Mason: The Patriots are 3-3 at home in A-10 play with victories against St. Joseph’s, Saint Louis and George Washington and losses to Davidson, Virginia Commonwealth and St. Bonaventure. They started 3-2 in conference play and then lost four in a row. … Livingston had 14 points and tied a career high with nine assists against George Washington. … George Mason ranks 338th out of 351 teams in the country in experience and 342nd in bench minutes. Dayton ranks 307th and 311th, respectively, in those categories.

Next game: Dayton plays Fordham (9-15, 4-8) at 7 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena.

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Former Kansas State coach Jim Dickey dies at 83

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

Former Kansas State football coach Jim Dickey died at the age of 83 on Saturday, according to a report from The Mercury’s Ryan Black.

Dickey coached at Kansas State from 1978-1985. He led the Wildcats to their first bowl appearance in school history — the Independence Bowl — during the 1982 season. He was named Big 8 Coach of the Year that season.

Dickey was relieved of his duties after an 0-2 start to the 1985 season for Kansas State.

Dickey posted a 24-52-2 record during his tenure as Kansas State’s coach. He also spent time as an assistant at Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among other teams during his coaching career.

According to the report, Dickey had recently been living at a rest home in Houston, Texas.

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UCLA guard Aaron Holiday named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

A home sweep of the Oregon schools gave UCLA a major boost to its NCAA tournament hopes while also keeping it within reach of Arizona for the Pac-12 regular season title. Those victories wouldn’t have been possible without Aaron Holiday’s exploits over the weekend in Westwood.

So it was no surprised that the UCLA junior guard was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 23 points and 8 assists in wins over Oregon State and Oregon.

Holiday scored 17 points and a season-high 10 assists in Thursday’s 75-68 victory over Oregon State, then two nights later had 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting (with 5 three-pointers) in the Bruins’ 86-78 overtime win against Oregon.

It was Holiday’s second conference player of the week award this season, having also won the honor in late December. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring (20.9 points per game) and three-point shooting (51.2 percent) in league games.

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Report: Texas Tech ace Steven Gingery to miss rest of 2018 season with injury

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

According to a report from Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com, Texas Tech LHP Steven Gingery will miss the rest of the 2018 season.

Gingery tore his Ulnar Collateral Ligament and will require surgery to fix it.

In the 2017 season, Gingery went 10-1 with a 1.58 ERA, and was expected to be a massive part of the Texas Tech pitching rotation. Gingery, who hails from California, won Big 12 Pitcher of the Year as selected by the conference’s coaches for his efforts during the 2017 season.

Texas Tech is currently the No. 3 team in the nation according to NCAA.com, and holds an undefeated 4-0 record.

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WATCH: Will Wade scoffs at question about LSU basketball postseason chances

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. — Don’t ask LSU basketball coach Will Wade about the Tigers’ postseason chances.

Then again, when it comes to pure entertainment value, maybe you should.

Wade’s response when asked if he had put any thought into LSU’s status as a possible NCAA tournament team wasn’t quite as incredulous as former Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora when he was asked about the playoffs, but it still made for some golden video footage.

“What are you talking about, postseason?” Wade said before muttering “no” several times and punctuating it with a “Hell no.”

LSU (15-11) is a long shot for the NCAA tournament, though the Tigers would certainly play themselves into consideration by winning their final four regular-season games and another game or two in the SEC tournament. LSU is one of 17 teams in the country with 5 or more “Quadrant 1” wins this season. (Home wins against teams rated with a top-30 RPI, neutral-site wins over teams in the top 50 and road wins over teams in the top 75 all qualify as Quadrant 1 wins.)

With a win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday, LSU will assure itself of finishing .500 or better this season. When asked whether that was one of his top goals for this season, Wade reacted as if someone had asked him whether it was impressive that man once landed on the moon.

“Are you kidding me?” he stated with his voice raised an octave. “We were 10-21 last year. We lost 15 straight games. Shoot. We’ve won 6 SEC games. We won 2 [last season]! The first goal was to not have a losing season. That would be phenomenal.”

LSU hosts Vandy on Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT.

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