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Published: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 12:36 PM
DAYTON — Who: Dayton (9-5, 1-0) at George Washington (5-9, 1-0)
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday
Where: Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
TV/Radio: ESPN+/AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO
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Probable Dayton starters
Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., 16.8
Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, So., G, 13.6
Trey Landers, 6-5, Jr., G, 10.4
Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 9.0
Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 8.7
Probable George Washington starters
Terry Nolan Jr., 6-2, So., G, 12.9
DJ Williams, 6-7, R-Jr., G, 12.9
Justin Mazulla, 6-3, So., G, 9.5
Maceo Jack, 6-5, So., G, 8.5
Javier Langarica, 6-9, So., F, 4.1
» FIRST LOOK: What Dayton’s roster will look like in 2019-20
Series history: The series is tied 17-17. Dayton won the last meeting 88-78 on March 3, 2018, at UD Arena. The Flyers have lost four straight games at the Smith Center.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 23-22 in his second season at Dayton. Maurice Joseph is 40-42 in three seasons at George Washington.
Last game: Dayton beat Richmond 72-48 on Sunday. George Washington beat St. Joseph’s 72-56 on Sunday in Philadelphia.
About Dayton: Dayton has a 76 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts a 72-64 score. … Obi Toppin, who was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the third time this season Monday, averages 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds off the bench in 22.6 minutes per game. … Since making 8 of 16 3-pointers in a three-game stretch, Mikesell has made 2 of 19 in the last five games. Crutcher has been Dayton’s best 3-point shooter (36 of 88, 40.9 percent) but has made 2 of 12 in the last two games. … Dayton seeks its first five-game winning streak since it won nine straight in February and March 0f 2017. Those were the last nine victories of Archie Miller’s six-year tenure.
About George Washington: Former Ohio State assistant coach Greg Paulus is in his first season as an assistant coach on Joseph’s staff. … Williams played his first two seasons at Illinois. He was the No. 64 recruit in the class of 2015, according to ESPN.com. He’s from Simeon Career Academy, the alma mater of former Dayton forward Kendall Pollard, in Chicago. … The Colonials lost forward Arnaldo Toro, who averaged 10.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in the first seven games, to a season-ending hip injury. … Nolan was named to the A-10 preseason all-defensive team. He was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week on Monday after scoring 23 points against St. Joseph’s.