Preview: Dayton Flyers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Preview: Dayton Flyers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Dayton plays Saint Mary’s on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Dayton (2-1) vs. Nebraska (3-0)

When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif.

TV/Radio: ESPNU; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO.

Probable Dayton starters

Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, 15.7

Kyle Davis, 6-0, Sr., G, 2.3

Charles Cooke, 6-5, sr., G, 23.0

Sam Miller, 6-9, So., F, 8.3

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, So., F, 8.0

Probable Nebraska starters

Glynn Watson Jr., 6-0., So., G, 10.3

Tai Webster, 5-4, Sr., G, 17.7

Ed Morrow Jr., 6-7, So., F, 9.7

Jack McVeigh, 6-8, So., F, 14.7

Michael Jacobson, 6-9, So., F, 4.7

Series history: First meeting

Coaches: Dayton’s Archie Miller is 117-56 in his sixth season. Nebraska’s Tim Miles is 66-67 in his fifth season.

About Dayton: Kyle Davis has taken only five shots from the field, the fewest of any player receiving regular minutes. Of Davis, Miller said, “Kyle is one of those guys who as the flow of the game happens, he’s usually involved in what happens, whether it be defense to offense or driving the ball, getting to the foul line. He just hasn’t gotten into a good rhtym on the offensive side. We need him to be more aggressive. We need him to be himself. As the season keeps going, he’ll start to find his way.” … Junior guard Darrell Davis is the team’s top scorer off the bench with 8.3 points per game. He has made 6 of 11 3-pointers. … Dayton improved its free-throw percentage ot 66.7 by making 19 of 24 against Saint Mary’s. Cooke made 11 of 13.

About Nebraska: The Cornhuskers are 3-0 for the first time since 2013-14. … Dayton’s last opponent, Saint Mary’s, had seven players from Australia. Nebraska has two starters from Australia: Webster and McVeigh. … Morrow is from the Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. He played with Dayton senior forward Kendall Pollard there. … McVeigh is the team’s top 3-point shooter (19 of 54, 52.6 percent). … Nebraska is shooting 85.2 percent at the foul line (46 of 54).

Looking ahead: Dayton will play UCLA or Portland on Friday. The game will be at midnight if the Flyers beat Nebraska or at 9:30 p.m. if they lose. The Bruins play Portland in the final game of the first round at 11 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2) The other first-round games are: Texas A&M (2-1) vs. Cal State Northridge (2-2) at 2 p.m. (ESPN3); New Mexico (3-0) vs. Virginia Tech (3-0) at 4:30 p.m. (ESPN).

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