Rhode Island at Dayton: What you need to know about Friday’s game

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Highlights: Dayton's Crutcher scores 20 vs. Rhode Island

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Flyers seek fourth straight victory and season sweep of Rams

Who: Rhode Island (13-14, 6-9) at Dayton (19-9, 11-4)

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: UD Arena

Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., 14.3

Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-Fr., F, 13.9

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

Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 10.3

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 9.6

Probable Rhode Island starters

Jeff Dowtin, 6-3, Jr., G, 15.1

Cyril Langevine, 6-8, Jr., F, 14.1

Fatts Russell, 5-10, So., G, 12.7

Tyrese Martin, 6-6, Fr., G, 8.5

Jermaine Harris, 6-8, Fr., F, 4.9

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Series history: Dayton leads 19-16. Dayton won the first matchup this season 77-48 on Feb. 9 at Rhode Island. Dayton seeks its second season sweep of the series in the last three seasons. Rhode Island swept the two games last season.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 33-26 in his second season at Dayton. David Cox is 13-14 in his first season at Rhode Island.

Last game: Dayton won 72-48 at Massachusetts on Tuesday. Rhode Island beat George Washington 80-53 on Tuesday in Kingston, R.I.

» STANDINGS: Dayton tied for second with three to play

About Dayton: Dayton has an 83 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com, which predicts a 73-63 score. … Dayton ranks 59th in the Pomeroy ratings and 67th in the NCAA Evaluation Tool. Rhode Island ranks 156th and 144th, respectively. … Dayton leads the A-10 in scoring (73.6 points per game). Rhode Island ranks 10th (68.1). Dayton ranks fifth in scoring defense (66.5). Rhode Island is seventh (67.2). … Cunningham has scored 924 points in three seasons at Dayton. He ranks 58th in Dayton history. He passed George Janky (910, 1967-70), Kevin Dillard (913, 2011-13), Dan Sadlier (915, 1966-69) and Devin Oliver (923, 2010-14) with 18 points against UMass. … Toppin ranks fourth in the country in field-goal percentage (66.9).

About Rhode Island: The Rams are 2-5 on the road in A-10 play with victories at Richmond and La Salle. … Langevine leads the conference with 10.2 rebounds per game. … Rhode Island had a season-high 15 steals against George Washington and has compiled double-digit steals in each of its last four games. … Dowtin ranks seventh in school history with 362 career assists. … Langevine is tied for ninth in school history with 104 career blocks.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays La Salle (9-18, 7-8) at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Senior Night at UD Arena. TV: Spectrum News One.