For the last month or so, just before pregame introductions, the Dayton Flyers have huddled around walk-on freshman guard Camron Greer. He dances in the middle of the huddle as the players throw arms around each other’s necks.
It’s a new dance that comes from Memphis, Tenn., Greer said. He doesn’t know its name. While sometimes he would like to do a different dance, he’s sticking to the script for now.
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In nine Atlantic 10 games, the Flyers have outscored opponents 39.1-35.6 in the first half and been outscored 39.1-34.9 in the second half. They shoot 53.1 percent in the first half and 47.6 percent in the second. They have a small rebounding advantage before halftime (plus 0.9) and a disadvantage after the break (minus 1.4).
A deeper dive into Dayton’s stats paints a picture of this team’s strengths and weakness and why it faces a big challenge to move up from a tie for eighth in the standings to compete for one of the top four seeds in the conference tournament.
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After a week break from games, the Flyers (10-11, 4-5) return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday against Massachusetts (10-13, 3-7) at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. Here are some stats to know about the Flyers heading into that game:
1. Plus-minus: This stat measures how many points Dayton has outscored its opponent by with a given player on the court or how many points it has been outscored by.
Six players have positive plus-minus numbers. Jordan Davis leads the way. When he’s on the court, Dayton has outscored opponents 974-942 (or plus 2.40 points per 40 minutes). On other other side is Kostas Antetokounmpo. Opponents have outscored Dayton 589-532 when he’s on the floor (minus 7.43 per 40 minutes).
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2. Home vs. away: The Flyers have shot 51.2 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3-point range and 75.1 percent from the free-throw line in 12 games at UD Arena, where they are 8-4.
In nine games away from the arena, Dayton’s numbers look different. It has shot 44.2 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the line. That translates to 8.8 fewer points per game. It’s a big reason the Flyers are 2-7 in road games or on a neutral court.
“Obviously, we’ve been able to win one (true road games),” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said, “and had some difficulties, and it’s been for a variety of reasons. The thing we have to do is continue to understand what’s causing it and continue to try to get better.”
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3. Recent stretch: Dayton has lost three of its last four games in part because it has committed 20 more turnovers than its opponents in that span (53-33) and allowed opponents to shoot 41.3 percent from 3-point range (38 of 92).
Dayton at Massachusetts, 2 p.m., Spectrum Sports, FM 95.7, AM 1290 WHIO
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