Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:04 AM
By: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
DAYTON — Who: Dayton (10-11, 4-5) at Massachusetts (10-13, 3-7)
When: 2 p.m., Saturday
Where: Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
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Probable Dayton starters
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.5
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.1
Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.0
Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.2
Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.9
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Probable UMass starters
Malik Hines, 6-10, Jr., F, 8.0
Luwane Pipkins, 5-11, So., G, 20.2
Unique McLean, 6-2, R-Fr., G, 5.7
Carl Pierre, 6-4, Fr., G, 11.8
C.J. Anderson, 6-6, Sr., G, 8.2
Series history: UMass leads 13-12. The Minutemen beat Dayton 62-60 at UD Arena on Jan. 6. Pipkins scored 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Darrell Davis missed what would have been the game-tying shot at the buzzer. Dayton has lost six straight games in Amherst or at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. Dayton hasn’t won a regular-season game at either arena since 2004.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 10-11 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 203-121. Matt McCall is 10-13 in his first season at UMass. He was 48-18 in two seasons at Chattanooga.
Last games: On Tuesday, UMass lost 85-83 at home to Rhode Island. On Jan. 27, Dayton lost 75-65 at Saint Louis.
About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 51 percent chance of winning and predicts a 72-71 score. … Dayton ranks 100th in the RPI. UMass ranks 204th. Dayton ranks 145th in the Pomeroy ratings. UMass is 196th. … Cunningham ranks fifth in the nation in 2-point field-goal percentage (74.1). He ranks third in the A-10 in 8.7 rebounds per game. … The Flyers are 4-1 in A-10 play when Landers scores in double figures. … Dayton’s bench has been outscored by the opponents’ bench nine times in the last 10 games.
About UMass: The Minutemen have lost five games in a row. They are 2-3 at home in A-10 play with wins over La Salle and St. Joseph’s and losses to George Mason, Saint Louis and Rhode Island. … Pipkins scored 27 against Rhode Island. UMass rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final four minutes to make it close. … Rashaan Holloway, a 6-11 junior center, was declared academically ineligible Jan. 22. He did not play in the first game against Dayton because he was suspended. Anderson also missed that game because of a suspension.
Next game: Dayton plays Duquesne at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UD Arena. Spectrum Sports will televise the game.