Dayton Flyers interview: Ibi Watson (Jan. 20)

LISTEN ON WHIO RADIO: St. Bonaventure at Dayton Flyers tonight 

Flyers seek eighth straight victory

Who: St. Bonaventure (12-6, 4-1) at No. 7 Dayton (16-2, 5-0)

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: UD Arena

TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; 1290 and 95.7 WHIO

POLL POSITION: Flyers not letting ranking go to their heads

Probable Dayton starters

Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-So., F, 19.6

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Jr., G, 13.7

Trey Landers, 6-5, Sr., G, 11.2

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Sr., F, 9.9

Rodney Chatman, 6-1, R-Jr., G, 8.3

Probable St. Bonaventure starters

Kyle Lofton, 6-3, So., G, 14.8

Dominic Welch, 6-5, So., G, 11.6

Osun Osunniyi, 6-10, So., F/C, 10.3

Jaren English, 6-4, So., G, 10.1

Justin Winston, 6-8, Fr., F, 7.4

» THE BUZZER BEATER: All the angles on Crutcher’s shot

Last game: Dayton beat Saint Louis 78-76 in overtime on Friday. St. Bonaventure lost 91-63 at Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday.

Series history: Dayton leads 25-10. The Flyers have won four straight games in the series and won 89-86 in double overtime at St. Bonaventure last season. Dayton has won eight of the last nine games in the series at UD Arena. The Bonnies last beat the Flyers in Dayton on Feb. 20, 2016: 79-72.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 51-31 in his third season at Dayton. Mark Schmidt is 222-174 in 13 seasons at St. Bonaventure.

Dayton Flyers interview: Jalen Crutcher (Jan. 20)

About Dayton: Dayton has an 93 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts an 76-60 score. … Crutcher won the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week award on Monday. He averaged 20.5 points and 3.5 assists in victories against Virginia Commonwealth and Saint Louis. He scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. With 950 points in his career, Crutcher moved into 54th place in the Dayton record book. He passed Bucky Bockhorn (941) and Noland Robinson (942) with 21 points against the Billikens on Friday. … Dayton entered the week tied with Duquesne (15-2, 5-0) for first place in the A-10. … Dayton is 10-0 at UD Arena this season.

» SUNDAY FEATURE: What the win at SLU did for UD

About St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies rank 35th in the country in free-throw percentage (76.1). … St. Bonaventure was picked to finish fifth in the A-10 preseason poll. It finished fourth last season and lost 55-53 to Saint Louis in the A-10 tournament championship game. … Loften is tied for second in the country in minutes played per game (38.2). Welch is tied for 37th (36.0). … Lofton leads the A-10 with 6.5 assists per game.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Richmond (14-4, 4-1) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Top plays from final minute and overtimes as Flyers win 89-86 on Jan. 19, 2019, in Olean, N.Y.
Video: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

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