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

Published: Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 10:55 AM


            A young fan dances during Dayton’s game against Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
A young fan dances during Dayton’s game against Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Duquesne (15-6, 6-2) at Dayton (14-7, 6-2)

When: 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: UD Arena

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TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., 14.8

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, So., G, 13.0

Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 10.8

Trey Landers, 6-5, Jr., G, 9.8

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 9.5

Probable Duquesne starters

Eric Williams Jr., 6-6, So., G, 12.6

Sincere Carry, 6-1, Fr., G, 12.3

Michael Hughes, 6-8, So., C, 11.8

Marcus Weathers, 6-5, So., F, 9.6

Frankie Hughes, 6-4, So., G, 9.0

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Series history: Dayton leads 52-23. The teams split two games last season. Duquesne won 70-62 in Pittsburgh. Dayton won 88-73 at UD Arena. The Dukes have lost five straight games in Dayton.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 28-24 in his second season at Dayton. Keith Dambrot is 31-22 in his second season at Duquesne. Dambrot was 0-4 against Dayton when he was the head coach at Akron.

Last game: Dayton beat Saint Joseph’s 75-64 on Tuesday at UD Arena. Duquesne beat Rhode Island 75-72 on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

About Dayton: Dayton has an 84 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com , which predicts a 77-66 score. … The Flyers rank 68th in the Pomeroy ratings and 98th in the NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool). Duquesne is 168th and 159th. … Crutcher leads the A-10 with 6.0 assists per game. Duquense freshman point guard Carry ranks second with 5.9. … Toppin averages 12.9 points per game off the bench. He leads the nation in field-goal percentage (69.2). Cunningham ranks 12th (64.1). … Dayton has four players averaging at least 10 points per game. The last time that happened was in 2002-03 when Brooks Hall, Keith Waleskowski, Ramod Marshall and Sean Finn all averaged in double figures.

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About Duquesne: The Dukes were 9-4 in non-conference play. Their best win came against Radford, ranked No. 138 in the Pomeroy ratings. Their worst loss was to No. 161 New Jersey Institute of Technology. … The Dukes lead the A-10 in blocks per game (4.9) and steals per game (8.1). … Duquesne is 7-1 in games decided by five points or fewer. Dayton is 4-3. … Duquesne overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Rhode Island. It has overcome double-digit deficits to win five games.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays Saint Louis at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Chaifetz Arena. TV: CBS Sports Network.