VCU at Dayton: What you need to know about Saturday’s A-10 showdown

Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher chases a loose ball against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher chases a loose ball against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff

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Who: Virginia Commonwealth (18-6, 9-2) at Dayton (16-8, 8-3)

When: 4 p.m., Saturday

Where: UD Arena

TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Josh Cunningham, 6-8, R-Sr., 14.1

Obi Toppin, 6-9, R-Fr., F, 13.6

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, So., G, 13.3

Jordan Davis, 6-2, So., G, 10.2

Ryan Mikesell, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 9.1

Probable VCU starters

Marcus Evans, 6-2, R-Jr., G, 13.5

De’Riante Jenkins, 6-5, Jr., G, 11.3

Isaac Vann, 6-6, R-Jr., F, 11.0

Marcus Santos-Silva, 6-7, So., F, 9.5

Sean Mobley, 6-8, So., F, 4.5

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Series history: VCU leads 10-5 and 7-4 since entering the A-10 in 2012-13 season. The Rams have won three straight games in the series and beat Dayton 76-71 on Jan. 16 in Richmond.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 30-25 in his second season at Dayton. Mike Rhoades is 36-21 in his second season at VCU.

Last game: Dayton won 77-48 at Rhode Island on Feb. 9. VCU won 81-60 at home against Richmond on Wednesday.

About Dayton: Dayton has a 54 percent chance of winning this game, according to KenPom.com , which predicts a 65-64 score. … Toppin is four dunks away from tying Chris Wright's single-season school record of 66 dunks in a season. He's tied for third most dunks in college basketball behind Arkansas' Daniel Gafford (71) and Texas' Jaxon Hayes (65). He's shooting 68.6 percent from the field, which ranks second in the country behind Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke (68.8). … Dwayne Cohill has shot 7 of 7 from the field in the last three games, scoring 17 points. … Dayton needs one more victory to guarantee a winning season. Its streak of 11 straight winning seasons ended last season.

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About VCU: The Rams rank 46th in the Pomeroy ratings and 44th in the NCAA Evaluation Tool. Dayton ranks 65th and 82nd, respectively. … VCU leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense (62.6 points per game). Dayton leads the conference in scoring offense (74.0). … VCU shoots 29.9 percent from 3-point range, ranking 335th in the nation. Evans is the top threat from long range (44 of 137, 32.1). … VCU has won three straight A-10 road games against Duquesne, George Washington and St. Bonaventure since losing 71-65 at Rhode Island on Jan. 23. Davidson handed VCU its other A-10 loss: 64-57 on Jan. 12.

Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Davidson at 6 p.m. Tuesday. TV: CBS Sports Network.