Dayton at George Mason: What you need to know about Wednesday’s game

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Dayton at George Mason: What you need to know about Wednesday’s game

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George Mason’s Otis Livingston II drives to the basket against Dayton on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (11-13, 5-7) at George Mason (11-14, 5-7)

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday

Where: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va.

TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.7

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.3

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 10.0

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 9.0

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.6

Probable George Mason starters

Otis Livingston II, 5-11, Jr., G, 16.9

Jaire Grayer, 6-5, Jr., G, 13.5

Justin Kier, 6-4, So., G, 10.9

Goanar Mar, 6-7, Fr., F, 10.1

Greg Calixte, 6-8, Fr., F, 4.8

Series history: Dayton leads 7-1. The Flyers have seven straight wins against George Mason, including an 83-70 victory last season at UD Arena and a 98-64 victory in 2016 at George Mason.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 11-13 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 204-123. George Mason’s Dave Paulsen is 42-49 in his third season.

Last games: On Saturday, Dayton lost 88-84 in overtime at Virginia Commonwealth , and George Mason beat George Washington 72-65 at the Patriot Center.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 61 percent chance of winning and predicts a 75-72 score. … Dayton ranks third in the country in 2-point field-goal per centage (59.5), 94th in free-throw percentage (73.6) and 170th in 3-point percentage (35.0). If Dayton’s free-throw percentage holds up, it would be the program’s best mark since it shot 73.6 in 2000-01. … A loss would drop Dayton three games under .500 for the first time this season. … Dayton is 1-7 in true road games. Its only win came at Richmond on Jan. 9. … Dayton ranks 132nd in the Pomeroy ratings. George Mason is 237th. Dayton is 115th in the RPI, and George Mason is 212th.

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About George Mason: The Patriots are 3-3 at home in A-10 play with victories against St. Joseph’s, Saint Louis and George Washington and losses to Davidson, Virginia Commonwealth and St. Bonaventure. They started 3-2 in conference play and then lost four in a row. … Livingston had 14 points and tied a career high with nine assists against George Washington. … George Mason ranks 338th out of 351 teams in the country in experience and 342nd in bench minutes. Dayton ranks 307th and 311th, respectively, in those categories.

Next game: Dayton plays Fordham (9-15, 4-8) at 7 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena.

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