In the eight victories, UD is shooting .508 from the field and .400 from beyond the arc.
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FLYERS AND RACERS SQUARE OFF ON SATURDAY
Looking to bounce back after a tough one-point loss on Wednesday, the University of Dayton Flyers host the Murray State Racers on Saturday at noon ET. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network, carried by WHIO Radio and available with live stats and streaming audio at www.DaytonFlyers.com.
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Dayton, 8-3 overall, has won seven of its last nine with the two losses by one point apiece. Dayton has three of the Top 30 scorers in the Atlantic 10: Kevin Dillard (15.0 ppg), Vee Sanford (11.7 ppg) and Josh Benson (11.6 ppg). Dillard will be a game-time decision due to back spasms suffered in Wednesday’s game against Illinois State. As a team, Dayton ranks second in the A-10 in field goal percentage (.473) and defensive rebounding (29.4). Benson has been on fire of late scoring in double figures in five of the last six games.
ABOUT MURRAY STATE
The Murray State Racers have won six straight and are 9-1 overall. Murray State also showcases a 16-game road winning streak. Last season the Racers rolled to a 30-1 regular-season record, climbed as high as No. 7 in the rankings and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32. Isaiah Canaan, a Second Team All-America selection, ranks eighth in the NCAA in scoring averaging 21.0 points per game. Ed Daniel, an All-Ohio Valley Conference Preseason selection, averages a double-double with 16.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
Dayton leads the all-time series 5-3, but has lost the last two meetings. Last year Dayton fell 75-58 at Murray State despite a 17-point, six-rebound effort from Josh Benson.
DILLARD NAMED TO THE COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
University of Dayton senior point guard Kevin Dillard has been named to the by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame national watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual award is named for Hall of Famer Bob Cousy, the college and NBA great who pioneered the position of point guard. Dillard is the second Flyer to be named to the Cousy Watch List. Brian Roberts was the first Flyer during the 2007-08 season.
SHOOT TO THRILL
The biggest difference between Dayton’s wins and losses this season have come from field goal shooting. In the victories, UD is shooting .508 from the field and .400 from beyond the arc. When Dayton loses, those numbers plummet to .390 from the floor and .255 from 3-point range.
• Dayton’s two losses at home this year have come by one point each.
• Dayton has three of the top 30 scorers in the Atlantic 10: Kevin Dillard (15.0 ppg), Vee Sanford (11.7 ppg) and Josh Benson (11.6 ppg).
• The Flyers are 19-8 against BCS opponents in the last six seasons. Dayton is 7-3 in coach Archie Miller’s tenure against the power conferences with wins against Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Wake Forest.
• In the win against Miami, Dayton had five players score in double figures. During Miller’s tenure, UD is 2-0 this year and 9-0 overall when five players score in double figures.
• The Flyer defense set a program record by allowing five points in the first half against Northern Illinois. NIU shot 11 percent from the field and committed 12 turnovers.
• Dayton is 11-0 the last two years shooting 40 percent or better in a game from 3-point range.
• Dayton went 2-1 at the 2012 Charleston Classic. The Flyers defeated the Boston College Eagles and Auburn Tigers and lost to the eventual champion Colorado Buffaloes.
• In the Atlantic 10, Dayton ranks second in field goal percentage (.473) and defensive rebounding (29.4).
• Kevin Dillard, a First Team Pre-Season All-Atlantic 10 selection, leads Dayton in scoring (15.0), assists (4.1), three-pointers made (19), free throws made (44) and steals (15).
• Dillard will be a game-time decision due to back spasms suffered in Wednesday’s game.
• Dillard is ninth in the A-10 in scoring and ranks sixth in assists. He has scored in double figures in all but one game this year and hit at least one 3-point shot in nine straight contests.
• Josh Benson is producing at a similar clip as he did last season before his torn ACL. In 2012-13, Benson is averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and shooting .547 from the floor.
• Benson has scored in double figures in five of the last six games. During that six-game stretch, he averaged 13.8 points with a .604 field goal percentage.
• Benson ranks 10th in the A-10 in field goal percentage (.547).
• Vee Sanford leads the Flyers with an .879 free throw percentage and ranks 3rd in the A-10.
• Devin Oliver ranks second in the Atlantic 10 and leads the Flyers in overall rebounding (8.4 rpg). In his last three games, Oliver is averaging 10.7 points and 9.3 rebounds.
• Oliver has scored in double figures in the seven of the last nine games.
• Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 against Illinois State. In his last three contests, Pierre averages 10.7 points per contest.
• Jalen Robinson has been a force off the bench, averaging 6.8 points while shooting .591 (26-44) from the field. The Flyers are 7-1 when Robinson comes off the bench.
• Matt Derenbecker is 9-of-15 (.600) from three-point range the last three games.