College Basketball Preview: La Salle at Dayton

Dayton player (left to right) Scoochie Smith, Ryan Mikesell, Sam Miller, Darrell Davis and Kyle Davis huddle during the first half against VMI on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton player (left to right) Scoochie Smith, Ryan Mikesell, Sam Miller, Darrell Davis and Kyle Davis huddle during the first half against VMI on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: La Salle (6-4) at Dayton (9-3)

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: UD Arena

TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network, FM 95.7, AM 1290 WHIO

Probable Dayton starters

Scoochie Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, 13.3

Kyle Davis, 6-0, Sr., G, 7.9

Charles Cooke, 6-5, Sr., G, 19.2

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, So., F, 7.0

Kendall Pollard, 6-6, Sr., F, 11.0

Probable La Salle starters

B.J. Johnson, 6-7, Jr., F, 20.2

Jordan Price, 6-5, Sr., G, 18.5

Cleon Roberts, 6-6, Sr., G, 9.1

Amar Stukes, 6-2, Jr., G, 6.6

Tony Washington, 6-7, Jr., C, 4.8

Series history: Dayton leads 27-16. The teams split games last season with Dayton winning 59-44 at home and La Salle winning 61-57 in Philadelphia. The Flyers have won 12 straight at home in the series.

Coaches: Dayton's Archie Miller is 124-58 in his sixth season. La Salle's John Giannini is 190-196 in his 13th season. He is in his 28th season overall with stints at Maine University and Rowan University.

About Dayton: Dayton is 3-2 in Atlantic 10 openers under Miller. … UD closed the non-conference slate winning seven of its last eight games, including a 92-56 win over VMI a week ago. The Flyers made 15 shots from three, tying the school single-game record and also had seven players score in double figures for the first time under Miller in that win, despite sitting leading scorer Charles Cooke with a wrist injury. Cooke, who has scored in double figures in 16 straight games dating back to last season, is expected to return Friday. … In the VMI win, Smith became the 46th Flyer to reach the 1,000 point mark but he will become with sixth player in program history to be a member of UD's 1,000 point, 400 assist club with one more assist. …The Flyers have won 30 consecutive games when scoring 80-plus points. … Dayton, 40th in the KenPom.com rankings, has the third-highest scoring offense in the A-10, averaging 77.4 points per game.

About La Salle : The Explorers are coming off a 98-96 triple-overtime victory at Mercer on Dec. 22 and bring a two-game win streak to Dayton. Price led the team with 26 points. … La Salle ranks second in the A-10 while averaging 84.2 points per game and averages just 10.9 turnovers per game, which puts the Explorers 20th among all NCAA Division I teams. …Sophomore guard Pookie Powell is fifth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.43. Powell averages 12.7 points and has dished out 31 assists and turned the ball over just seven times in 10 games. … Three of La Salle's losses came against teams ranked in the KenPom.com top 100, including No. 1 Villanova, No. 52 Georgetown and No. 85 Temple. KenPom.com lists La Salle at No. 99.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays at St. Bonaventure at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 and returns home Jan. 6 against Rhode Island. Dayton plays five games on the road in January and three at home.