Dayton down one player for Friday’s game vs. No. 25 Mississippi State

Dayton’s Jhery Matos drives to the basket against Butler in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at Imperial Gym on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Dayton’s Jhery Matos drives to the basket against Butler in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at Imperial Gym on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Flyers to play in front of sold-out crowd at UD Arena

Dayton Flyers guard Jhery Matos will not play Friday against No. 25 Mississippi State. He’s suffering from turf toe, which is a sprain of the big toe.

Dayton will play the 7 p.m. game at UD Arena with seven scholarship players. It’s the third time in seven games they’ve been without a player. Josh Cunningham missed the first two games with a wrist injury.

Dayton has three transfers sitting out the season and decided to redshirt freshman forward Frankie Policelli. It also did not use one of the 13 scholarships.

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The Flyers (4-2) seek their first victory against a top-25 team at home since they beat Alabama, coached by Anthony Grant, in 2011. They last played a top-25 team at home in 2016 when Saint Mary’s visited UD Arena.

COVERAGE NOTES: Watch Mike Hartsock's weekly series "Flyer Nation" for a special look behind the court. It's available on our WHIO app for your TV streaming player: whio.com/watch.

• Hear coverage of Friday's game starting at 6 pm on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO. You can listen online here: whio.com/WHIORadio.

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