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UMass at Dayton: What you need to know about Sunday’s game

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 12:51 PM


            Massachusetts’ Luwane Pipkins runs into Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. David Jablonski/Staff
Massachusetts’ Luwane Pipkins runs into Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Massachusetts (7-8, 0-2) at Dayton (10-5, 2-0)

When: 3:30 p.m., Sunday

Where: UD Arena

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TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., 15.9

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, So., G, 13.3

Trey Landers, 6-5, Jr., G, 10.5

Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 10.1

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 8.6

Probable UMass starters

Luwane Pipkins, 5-11, Jr., G, 19.5

Samba Diallo, 6-7, Fr., F, 3.0

Rashaan Holloway, 6-11, R-Sr., C

Carl Pierre, 6-4, So., G, 10.2

Keon Clergeot, 6-1, R-So., G, 6.8

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Series history: UMass leads 14-12. The Minutemen beat the Flyers twice last season: 62-60 on Jan. 6 at UD Arena and 86-82 in double overtime on Feb. 3 in Amherst, Mass.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 24-22 in his second season at Dayton. Matt McCall is 20-28 in his second season at UMass.

Last game: Dayton won 72-66 at George Washington on Wednesday. UMass lost 65-62 at Saint Louis on Wednesday.

About Dayton: Dayton has an 82 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com , which predicts a 78-68 score. … Cunningham reached the 1,000-point mark in the last home game against Richmond. He scored 260 in one season at Bradley and has 759 at Dayton. At his current scoring average, he would reach the 1,000-point mark in his Dayton career by the end of the regular season, becoming the 49th player in school history to do so. … Obi Toppin dunked twice against George Washington and has 39 dunks this season. … Dayton ranks second in the country in fewest fouls (204, 13.6 per game). It averaged 16.5 fouls per game last season.

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About UMass: The team’s second-leading scorer, Jonathan Laurent (11.8), a transfer from Rutgers who didn’t play against Saint Louis because of an ankle injury but is expected to play Sunday, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. … Clergeot played his freshman season at Memphis.

Hall of Fame class: The UD Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three new members this weekend. They will be honored at halftime Sunday. They are: Justine Raterman, a 2012 graduate who scored 1,832 points in basketball career and is now an assistant coach at Miami University; Bill Sahnd, a 1979 graduate who as an offensive lineman was the team’s MVP in 1987; and Colleen Williams, a 2013 graduate who ranks second in school history in goals (58) and assists (50).

Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Virginia Commonwealth (11-4, 2-0) at 8 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network).