Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 7:00 AM
By: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
DAYTON — Who: Wagner (7-3) at Dayton (5-6)
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
Probable Dayton starters
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.5
Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.1
Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 7.0
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.1
John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 5.7
Probable Wagner starters
JoJo Cooper, 6-0, Sr., G, 13.4
Nigel Jackson, 6-7, Fr., F, 8.1
Blake Francis, 6-0, So., G, 18.9
AJ Sumbry, 6-8, R-Jr., F, 6.5
Devin Liggeons, 6-3, Jr., G, 7.1
Series history: Dayton leads 1-0. The Flyers beat Wagner 67-65 on Dec. 6, 2003. Dayton is 21-2 against the Northeast Conference
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 5-6 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 198-116. Bashir Mason is 94-72 in his sixth season at Wagner. Mason coached two seasons at Wagner under Dan Hurley before Hurley was named Rhode Island head coach in 2012.
Last games: Dayton lost 69-54 at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. Wagner lost 89-68 at Seton Hall on Wednesday.
About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton an 80 percent chance of winning and predicts a 71-62 score. … The Flyers have averaged 13,113 fans in six home games. That would be a UD Arena record if it stands. UD set the record of 13,018 last season. The previous record of 12,982 had stood since the arena’s first season in 1969-70. … Xeyrius Williams scored a season-high 16 points against Saint Mary’s in his second game back after missing five games with a back injury. He made 3 of 6 3-pointers. … Through Wednesday, only four of the 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 had winning records: St. Bonaventure (9-2); Rhode Island (6-3); Virginia Commonwealth (7-5) and Duquesne (8-3).
About Wagner: The Seahawks, who play in Staten Island, N.Y., finished 16-14 last season. They posted winning records in four of Mason’s first five seasons. They were picked to finish third behind Saint Francis (Pa.) and Farleigh Dickinson in the Northeast Conference preseason poll. … Cooper is Wagner’s only returning starter from last season. … Wagner ranks 350th out of 351 teams in the country in opponents’ free-throw rate, which measures how often a team gets to the line. Wagner shoots 41.7 percent from 3-point range (335th in the country) and 37.9 percent from 3-point range (83rd). … Francis is the team’s top 3-point shooter (26 of 59, 44.1).
Next game: Dayton opens Atlantic 10 play at Duquesne at 4 p.m. Dec. 30.