Dayton at Fordham: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 10:09 AM


            Dayton fans cheer during a game against George Mason on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton fans cheer during a game against George Mason on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (12-7, 4-2) at Fordham (9-10, 0-6)

When: 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: Rose Hill Gym, Bronx, N.Y.

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Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., 15.5

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, So., G, 13.4

Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 10.9

Trey Landers, 6-5, Jr., G, 10.3

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 9.1

Probable Fordham starters

Nick Honor, 5-10, Fr., G, 16.1

Antwon Portley, 6-4, Jr., G, 12.2

Jalen Cobb, 6-0, Fr., G, 10.7

Ivan Raut, 6-7, So., G, 4.9

Onyi Eyisi, 6-9, Fr., F, 3.8

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Series history: Dayton leads 30-5. The Flyers have won 14 straight games in the series since a 66-56 loss at Fordham in 2006. Dayton won 80-70 last season at UD Arena.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 26-24 in his second season at Dayton. Jeff Neubauer is 48-65 in four seasons at Fordham.

Last game: Dayton lost 67-63 at home to George Mason on Wednesday.

About Dayton: Dayton has a 69 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com , which predicts a 69-63 score. … The Flyers are tied for fifth in the A-10 with Rhode Island and Virginia Commonwealth. George Mason (6-1) sits alone in first place, a half game ahead of three teams at 5-1: Davidson, Duquesne and Saint Louis. … Dayton fell from No. 69 to No. 73 in the Pomeroy rankings with its loss to George Mason. The Flyers are 2-7 against teams in the top 150. Fordham is No. 224. Dayton fell from No. 83 to No. 107 in the NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool). Fordham is No. 238. … Obi Toppin has made 10 of 10 field goals in the last two games. He’s shooting 68.7 percent.

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About Fordham: The Rams finished their non-conference schedule with a 9-4 mark. It was their third highest-win total in non-conference play. They had the second-easiest schedule in the country, according to KenPom.com, with four games against teams ranked below 300. … Honor received a scholarship offer from Dayton in 2017. He’s tied for eighth in the A-10 in scoring. … Fordham has suffered 10 losing seasons in the last 11. It last played in the NCAA tournament in 1992. It finished 9-22 and 4-14 last season, finishing last in the A-10 for the first time since 2014. … Fordham is tied for last place with Massachusetts this season.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays St. Joseph’s at 8 p.m. Tuesday at UD Arena. TV: CBS Sports Network.