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Published: Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 11:07 AM
DAYTON — Who: Rhode Island (18-5, 10-1) at No. 6 Dayton (21-2, 10-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; 1290 and 95.7 WHIO
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Probable Dayton starters
Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-So., F, 19.6
Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Jr., G, 14.5
Trey Landers, 6-5, Sr., G, 11.0
Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Sr., F, 9.3
Rodney Chatman, 6-1, R-Jr., G, 8.0
Probable Rhode Island starters
Fatts Russell, 5-10, Jr., G, 20.3
Jeff Dowtin, 6-3, Sr., G, 14.2
Tyrese Martin, 6-6, So., G, 12.4
Cyril Langevine, 6-8, Sr., F, 10.1
Jermaine Harris, 6-8, So., F, 5.9
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Last game: Dayton beat Saint Louis 71-65 on Saturday at UD Arena. Rhode Island won 82-51 at George Washington on Saturday.
Series history: Dayton leads 19-17. The teams split two games last season. Dayton won 77-48 at Rhode Island on Feb. 2. Rhode Island won 72-70 at Dayton on March 1. This is the first of two matchups this season. They play March 4 in Kingston, R.I.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 56-31 in his third season at Dayton. David Cox is 35-20 in his second season at Rhode Island.
About Dayton: Dayton has an 83 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts a 79-68 score. … Dayton has won 12 games in a row. It’s the first 12-game winning streak for the program since it won 13 straight in the 2007-08 season. It has had 14 winning streaks of 10 or more games in its history. The 10-0 start in the A-10 is Dayton’s best ever. … Ibi Watson averages 11.3 points off the bench. … Dwayne Cohill did not play Saturday for the first time this season. … Toppin dunked three times against Saint Louis, bringing his season total to 77, six short of the school record he set last season, and his career total to 163.
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About Rhode Island: Rhode Island was picked to finish fourth, one spot behind Dayton, in the A-10 preseason poll. With eight games remaining, Dayton has a half-game lead over Rhode Island. St. Bonaventure (8-3), Virginia Commonwealth (7-3) and Richmond all trail Dayton by three games in the loss column. … Rhode Island is 5-0 in A-10 road games and has won seven straight counting the last two a year ago. … Rhode Island has not trailed at any point in its last two games against George Washington and Massachusetts. … Seven people voted for Rhode Island in the Associated Press top-25 poll last week. It ranked as high as No. 22 on two ballots.