Dayton vs. George Mason: What to know about Saturday’s game

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Dayton Flyers highlights: Key plays from last 10 minutes vs. George Mason

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Who: George Mason (5-2, 1-0) vs. Dayton (4-2, 0-1)

Where: UD Arena

When: 4:30 p.m., Saturday

TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/1290, 95.7 WHIO

Series: Dayton leads 8-3. The Flyers won 62-55 at George Mason last season. George Mason won 67-63 in its last visit to Dayton in 2019, ending a four-game losing streak at UD Arena.

Last game: Dayton lost 67-65 to La Salle at UD Arena on Wednesday. George Mason won 93-92 in double overtime at Massachusetts on Wednesday.

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Coaches: Anthony Grant is 68-33 in four seasons at Dayton. Dave Paulsen is 87-84 in six seasons at George Mason.

Probable Dayton starters

Name, Ht., Class, Pos., Avg.

Mustapha Amzil, 6-10, Fr., F, 22.0

Ibi Watson, 6-5, R-Sr., G, 16.5

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Sr., G, 17.5

Rodney Chatman, 6-1, R-Sr., G, 10.0

Jordy Tshimanga, 6-11, R-Sr., C, 6.7

Probable George Mason starters

Tyler Kolek, 6-3, Fr., G, 11.1

AJ Wilson, 6-7, R-Sr., F, 7.2

Josh Oduro, 6-9, So., F, 10.3

Xavier Johnson, 6-1, So., G, 6.6

Javon Greene, 6-2, Sr., G, 10.1

About Dayton: gives Dayton a 78 percent chance of winning this game and predicts a 73-64 score. ... Dayton has not lost two games in a row in the regular season since December 2018 when it lost to Auburn and Tulsa. ... Dayton’s loss to La Salle, which ranks 163rd in the Ken Pomeroy ratings, was its worst defeat since it fell to No. 220 George Mason on Feb. 14, 2018. ... Crutcher played all 40 minutes against La Salle. It’s the second time this season he hasn’t left the court and the seventh time in his career. It was also his 100th career game.

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About George Mason: Jordan Miller, a 6-6 junior guard, has started three games but did not start against UMass. He leads the team with 18.4 points per game and scored 24 against UMass. ... Kolek was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on Monday after averaging 12.7 points in the previous three games. ... George Mason ranks third in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (12.1). ... George Mason ranks last in the A-10 in free-throw percentage (59.0). ... Former George Washington head coach Maurice Joseph joined Paulsen’s staff as an assistant this season.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Fordham (0-1, 0-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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