Probable Dayton starters
Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-So., F, 19.3
Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Jr., G, 12.8
Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Sr., F, 10.9
Trey Landers, 6-5, Sr., G, 10.8
Rodney Chatman, 6-1, R-Jr., G, 9.0
Probable VCU starters
Marcus Santos-Silva, 6-7, Jr., F, 13.1
Marcus Evans, 6-2, R-Sr., G, 11.1
De’Riante Jenkins, 6-5, Sr., G, 10.8
Mike’L Simms, 6-5, Sr., G/F, 7.6
Isaac Vann, 6-6, R-Sr., F, 6.2
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Last game: Dayton beat UMass 88-60 on Saturday at UD Arena. VCU lost 65-56 at home to Rhode Island on Saturday.
Series history: VCU leads 11-5. The Rams have won four straight games in the series. They beat Dayton 76-71 and 69-68 last season. This is the first time VCU has played a Dayton teams ranked in the top 25.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 49-31 in his third season at Dayton. Mike Rhoades is 55-27 in three seasons at VCU.
About Dayton: Dayton has an 82 percent chance of winning this game, according to
, which predicts an 75-65 score. … Dayton ranks first in the nation in effective field-goal percentage (59.9) and 2-point shooting percentage (62.3). It ranks 25th in 3-point shooting percentage (37.5). … Kansas is the only opponent to shoot better than 50 percent against Dayton. … Dayton has won five games in a row for the second time this season. Its longest winning streak of the last three seasons is six games. … Dayton has shot below its average in 3-point percentage in four straight games and has topped 40 percent once in the last eight games after doing so four times in the first eight games. Its season percentage stands at 34.6.
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About VCU: The Rams are the most experienced team in the A-10 and rank 32nd in the country in experience. Dayton, the A-10's second most experienced team, ranks 73rd. … Freshman guard Nah'Shon Hyland is the top scorer off the bench (6.3 points per game). … Evans, who played his first two seasons at Rice, has scored 1,977 points in four seasons. … Senior guard Malik Crowfield, who averaged 3.7 points in the first nine games, has been sidelined with a broken wrist since early December. … Evans was named to the A-10 preseason first team and the all-defensive team. Jenkins and Silva made the third team.
Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Saint Louis (14-3, 3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.