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Dayton Flyers vs. Richmond Spiders: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 10:45 AM


            Richmond’s Chris Mooney watches the action during a game against Dayton on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff
Richmond’s Chris Mooney watches the action during a game against Dayton on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: No. 7 Dayton (17-2, 6-0) at Richmond (15-4, 5-1)

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Robins Arena

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TV/Radio: ESPN+; 1290 and 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-So., F, 19.5

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Jr., G, 14.2

Trey Landers, 6-5, Sr., G, 11.2

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Sr., F, 9.9

Rodney Chatman, 6-1, R-Jr., G, 8.3

Probable Richmond starters

Jacob Gilyard, 5-9, Jr., G, 14.0

Nick Sherod, 6-4, R-Jr., G, 13.2

Grant Golden, 6-10, R-Jr., F, 12.7

Nathan Cayo, 6-7, Jr., F, 8.2

Andres Gustavson, 6-4, So., G, 4.4

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Last game: Dayton beat St. Bonaventure 86-60 on Wednesday. Richmond beat La Salle 75-57 at home Wednesday.

Series history: Dayton leads 19-9. The Flyers have won seven straight games in the series. They beat Richmond 72-48 last season at UD Arena and 87-81 in 2018 in their last visit to the Robins Center. Since losing six straight games at the Robins Center between 2005 and 2014, Dayton has won its last two games there.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 52-31 in his third season at Dayton. Chris Mooney is 265-219 in 15 seasons at Richmond.

About Dayton: Dayton has an 70 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts an 76-70 score. … Ibi Watson averages 11.8 points per game off the bench and is shooting 46.8 percent (37 of 79) from 3-point range. That would rank fifth in the country if he had enough attempts to qualify for the national leaders. Jalen Crutcher (44 of 107, 41.1) and Trey Landers (17 of 42, 40.5) are also shooting better than 40 percent from behind the arc. … Dayton won its first six A-10 games for the first time since 2004, when it started 9-0 before losing four of its last seven.

About Richmond: This will be Richmond’s first home game against a top-10 team since it lost to No. 7 George Washington on Feb. 18, 2006. … Freshman Tyler Burton scored a career-high 14 points against La Salle. … Richmond was picked to finish sixth in the A-10 preseason poll. Gilyard was named to the all-conference preseason first team and the all-defensive team, and Golden made the second team. The Spiders tied for 10th in the league last season at 6-12. … Richmond is 9-1 at home. … Richmond ranks fifth in the A-10 in average home attendance (5,505) behind Dayton (13,340), Virginia Commonwealth (7,637), Saint Louis (6,693) and Rhode Island (5,636).

Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Duquesne (15-3, 5-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday