- David Jablonski Staff Writer
Who: Dayton (11-12, 5-6) at Virginia Commonwealth (14-10, 6-5)
When: 6 p.m., Saturday
Where: Siegel Center, Richmond, Va.
TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
Probable Dayton starters
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.8
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.6
Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.8
Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.5
Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.1
Probable VCU starters
Justin Tillman, 6-8, Sr., F, 18.5
De’Riante Jenkins, 6-5, So., G, 13.0
Isaac Vann, 6-6, R-So., F, 10.1
Sean Mobley, 6-8, Fr., F, 4.0
Malik Crowfield, 6-4, So., G, 6.7
Series history: VCU leads the series 7-5. The teams split two games last season. VCU won 73-68 in Richmond. Dayton won 79-72 on Senior Night at UD Arena, clinching the outright championship in the Atlantic 10. Dayton beat VCU 106-79 at UD Arena on Jan. 12 this season.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 10-11 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 204-122. VCU’s Mike Rhoades is 11-6 in his first season. He had a 47-52 record at Rice the last three seasons.
Last games: On Wednesday, Dayton beat Duquesne 88-73 at UD Arena, and VCU lost 77-76 at Richmond.
About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 37 percent chance of winning and predicts a 78-75 score. … Dayton ranks 66th in the country in offensive efficiency and 237th in defensive efficiency. Last season, its offense ranked 53rd, and its defense ranked 43rd. … Crutcher is averaging 4.1 assists per game. That would be the fifth-highest total for a freshman in school history if it stands. His assists-to-turnover ratio (2.3) would be the best mark by a freshman in school history, and it would tie him for the seventh best by any player.
About VCU: Jonathan Crowfield started against Richmond in the place of Jonthan Williams, who missed the game with a sprained ankle. Williams suffered the injury in an 81-68 loss to Rhode Island in Richmond on Feb. 2. Rhoades said Wednesday he was hopeful Williams would be able to play against Dayton. Williams leads the A-10 with 5.7 assists per game. … Freshman forward Sean Mobley has started the last five games. … Tillman scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the first game against Dayton.
Next game: Dayton plays at George Mason (10-14, 4-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Spectrum Sports will televise the game.