Dayton vs. Houston Baptist: What you need to know about Tuesday’s game

Published: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 1:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 1:29 PM

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Who: Houston Baptist (0-5) at No. 19 Dayton (5-1)

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: UD Arena

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Probable Dayton starters

Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-So., F, 23.0

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Sr., F, 12.3

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Jr., G, 11.8

Rodney Chatman, 6-1, R-Jr., G, 11.0

Trey Landers, 6-5, Sr., G, 8.8

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Probable Houston Baptist starters

Jalon Gates, 6-0, Sr., G, 17.8

Ian DuBose, 6-4, Jr., G, 15.6

Myles Pierre, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.8

Ty Dalton, 6-4, Jr., G/F, 7.0

Ryan Gomes, 6-10, Jr., C, 4.8

Last game: Dayton lost 90-84 in overtime to Kansas on Wednesday in the Maui Invitational championship game. Houston Baptist lost 112-73 at Houston on Tuesday.

Series history: This is the first meeting.

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Coaches: Anthony Grant is 40-30 in his third season at Dayton. … Ron Cottrell is 475-394 in his 28th season at Houston Baptist. He’s sixth-longest tenured coach among active NCAA Division I head men’s basketball coaches.

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About Dayton: Dayton has a 99 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts a 97-70 score. … Ibi Watson leads the team with 8.3 points per game off the bench. … Toppin leads the Flyers with 8.3 rebounds per game. … Crutcher leads the team with 6.7 assists per game. … Dayton announced Friday conference games against VCU, Duquesne, and Davidson have sold out. That brings the total number of sold-out games to eight. As of Friday, there were limited tickets available for this game and for games against Grambling State on Dec. 23, Fordham on Feb. 1 and George Washington on March 7.

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About Houston Baptist: The Huskies rank 297th in the Ken Pomeroy ratings. No. 303 Grambling State and No. 312 Charleston Southern are the only lower-ranked UD opponents. … Houston Baptist ranks among the nation’s least-accurate teams from 2-point range. It’s shooting 39 percent, ranking 344th out of 353 teams. Dayton is first (66.2). … Houston Baptist lost 80-72 to Tulsa in its opener and has since lost by double figures to Oral Roberts, Texas Tech, Michigan and Houston. … Houston Baptist was a Division I program from 1960-90 and then moved to the NAIA level for 17 years. It became a full member of Division I again in 2011.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays Saint Mary’s (8-1) at 4 p.m. Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix and plays Drake at 7 p.m., Dec. 14, in its next home game.
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