Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 9:58 AM
By: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
DAYTON — Who: Dayton (5-5) at Saint Mary’s (9-2)
When: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Where: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, Calif.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
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Probable Dayton starters
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 18.1
Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.8
Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.0
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.8
John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.0
Probable Saint Mary’s starters
Tanner Krebs, 6-6, R-So., G, 6.5
Emmett Naar, 6-1, R-Sr., G, 12.9
Calvin Hermanson, 6-6, R-Sr., F, 14.1
Jordan Ford, 6-1, So., G, 8.8
Jock Landale, 6-11, Sr., C, 21.6
Series history: Tied 1-1. Dayton won 69-50 on Dec. 14, 1957, at UD Fieldhouse. Saint Mary’s won 61-57 on Nov. 19, 2016, at UD Arena.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 5-5 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 198-115. Randy Bennett is 371-158 in his 17th season at Saint Mary’s.
Last games: Dayton beat Georgia State 88-83 in overtime on Saturday. Saint Mary’s beat UC Irvine 73-66 on Saturday at home.
About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 16 percent chance of winning and predicts a 74-63 score. … Dayton changed its starting lineup in the last game. Crosby and Davis started instead of freshmen Jalen Crutcher and Kostas Antetokounmpo. … Dayton ranks eighth in the country in two-point field-goal percentage (59.2). … Dayton ranks 307th out of 351 teams in 3-point field-goal percentage defense. Teams are shooting 39.2 percent. … Landers had a career-high eight rebounds against Georgia State.
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About Saint Mary’s: The Gaels rank 92nd in the RPI. Dayton is 81st. In the Pomeroy ratings, Dayton ranks 125th. Saint Mary’s is 39th. The highest-ranked team in the Pomeroy ratings the Gaels have beaten is No. 93 New Mexico State. Their losses are to No. 181 Washington State (84-79) and No. 76 Georgia (83-81 in overtime). … McKeon Pavilion seats 3,500 fans. It is the 285th-largest arena in Division. Saint Mary’s has averaged 2,930 fans in six games. … Saint Mary’s was the unanimous favorite in the West Coast Conference preseason poll. It returned four starters from a team that finished 29-5. Gonzaga has won 16 of the last 17 regular-season titles in the WCC. … Hermanson is the team’s top 3-point shooter (24 of 51, 47.1 percent). … Cullen Neal, a grad transfer from New Mexico, averages 6.1 points per game.
Next game: Dayton hosts Wagner (7-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday.