Dayton vs. Colorado: What to know about Tuesday’s NIT game

Teams meet for the fourth time and first time since 2012

Who: No. 5 seed Dayton (21-11) at No. 4 seed Colorado (21-12)

When: 11 p.m., Tuesday

Where: CU Events Center, Boulder, Colo.

What: First round of NIT.

TV/Radio: ESPN2/AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-Fr., F, 14.2

Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., 13.6

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, So., G, 13.1

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 10.0

Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 9.7

Probable Colorado starters

Tyler Bey, 6-7, So., G/F, 13.3

McKinley Wright, 6-0, So., G, 13.1

Shane Gatling, 6-2, Jr., G, 10.3

D’Shawn Schwartz, 6-7, So., G/F, 8.8

Evan Battey, 6-8, Fr., F, 8.2

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Series history: Colorado leads 2-1. Dayton lost the last meeting 67-57 on Nov. 15, 2012, at the Charleston Classic. Colorado beat Dayton 77-59 at the CU Events Center on Jan. 10, 1987, when Dayton coach Anthony Grant was a senior at UD. The Flyers won the first meeting 67-66 on Jan. 8, 1986, at UD Arena.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 35-28 in two seasons at Dayton. Tad Boyle is 187-122 in nine seasons at Colorado.

Last game: Dayton lost 64-55 to Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament on Friday. Colorado lost 66-61 to Washington in the semifinals of the Pac 12 tournament on Friday.

About Dayton: Dayton has a 40 percent chance of winning this game, according to, which predicts a 68-66 score. … Dayton ranks 60th in the Pomeroy ratings. Colorado is 65th. Dayton ranks 69th in the NCAA Evaluation Tool. Colorado is 66th.

About Colorado: Bey had 22 points and 16 rebounds against Colorado. Wright had seven points on 1-of-10 shooting. … This is Colorado's 11th NIT appearance. It lost at Central Florida in the first round in 2017. It won the NIT championship in 1940, finished as runner-up in 1938, placed third in 1991 and reached the semifinals in 2011. … Colorado shoots 26.1 percent from 3-point range, ranking 316th in the country.

Quoted: "We're playing well here down the stretch, Dayton is as well," Boyle told the team's website. "There are a few teams that are leaking oil this time of year, but we're not one of them. I like the way we're playing and really the key for our guys is they are excited, they are going to embrace this. They did not want their season to end."

Looking ahead: The winner of this game will play No. 1 seed Alabama or No. 8 seed Norfolk State in the second round. Those teams play on Wednesday. The date of the second-round game will be announced after that game.

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