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Indiana State vs. Dayton: Flyers look to extend season-opening win streak

Published: Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 9:45 AM


            Dayton stands for the national anthem before an exhibition game against Cedarville on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton stands for the national anthem before an exhibition game against Cedarville on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Indiana State at Dayton

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: UD Arena

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What: First game of the 2019-20 season.

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Ticket info: The game is sold out. Gates open at 5 p.m. for fans with tickets.

Probable Dayton starters

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

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

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Jr., G

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

Chase Johnson, 6-9, R-So., F

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Probable Indiana State starters

Jordan Barnes, 5-10, Sr., G

Tyreke Key, 6-2, Jr., G

Christian Williams, 6-6, Sr., G

Tre Williams, 6-7, Fr., C

Bronson Kessinger, 6-7, Sr., C

Series history: This is the first meeting. Dayton is 49-40 against the Missouri Valley Conference. It plays another MVC team, Drake, on Dec. 14, at UD Arena.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 35-29 entering his third season at Dayton. Greg Lansing begins his 10th season at Indiana State with a record of 148-142. He guided the Sycamores to the MVC tournament championship and a NCAA tournament berth in his first season in 2010-11.

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About Dayton: The Flyers have won 14 straight season openers. They last lost their first game in 2004, 73-66 to Eastern Kentucky at UD Arena. … This is Dayton’s third season opener in the last seven seasons against a team from Indiana, and the first two were decided in the final seconds. Dayton beat Purdue Fort Wayne 81-80 in 2013 on a last-second shot by Jordan Sibert and beat Ball State 78-77 in 2017 on a buzzer-beater by Josh Cunningham. … Dayton has an 88 percent chance to win the game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts a 79-66 score. Dayton ranks 56th in the Ken Pomeroy ratings, and Indiana State ranks 159th. … Dayton and Indiana State both played in the Charleston Classic in 2017. Dayton went 1-2 at the tournament. The Sycamores lost all three games.

About Indiana State: Key led the MVC in scoring last season (17.4 points per game) and was named to the preseason first team. … Barnes made the second team. He’s tied for third in Indiana State history with 215 career made 3-pointers. He shot 30.7 percent from long range last season. … Indiana State was picked to finish sixth in the MVC. … Tre Williams is from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and attended Woodstock Academy in Vermont. He visited Dayton in June 2018. … Christian Williams is a transfer from Iowa. He started six games for the Hawkeyes as a sophomore.

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Pregame ceremonies: Dayton will hold ceremonies celebrating the completion of the UD Arena renovation project starting at 6:45 p.m. There will be a brief blessing of the arena followed by “a celebration linking the past to the present with members of the Arena’s first team in 1969-70.” Another presentation will take place just before player introductions. “Red Panda” will perform at halftime.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays its first three games at home before traveling to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. The Flyers play Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and Nebraska Omaha at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.