Overall, Dayton leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.466) and 3-point shooting (.381).
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CRITICAL HOME CONTEST FOR DAYTON AS UD HOSTS RICHMOND ON SATURDAY
Beginning a two-game home swing to close the regular season, the University of Dayton Flyers host the Richmond Spiders on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live video, stats and audio at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton, 15-12 overall and 5-8 in Atlantic 10 play, has won four of its last five on Tom Blackburn Court. The Flyers lead the conference in field goal percentage (.466) and 3-point shooting (.381). Lately it has been UD’s two seniors who have raised their level of play. Kevin Dillard leads the team in scoring (14.8), assists (4.6), 3-pointers made (48), free throws made (115), free throw percentage (.885) and minutes (32.5). Josh Benson averages 11.3 points, while shooting .793 (23-of-29) at the free throw line in his last seven games.
The Richmond Spiders enter Saturday’s game on a three-game winning streak. Richmond, 17-11 overall and 7-6 in the Atlantic 10, are just behind Dayton in three-point field goal percentage at .377. Darien Brothers leads the Spiders averaging 14.7 points per game. Brothers ranks fourth in the A-10 in free throw percentage (.880), fifth in 3-pointers made (2.5), eighth in 3-point field goal shooting (.423) and 10th in scoring. Three other Spiders average in double figures: Kendall Anthony (12.3 ppg), Derrick Williams (12.0) and Cedrick Lindsay (10.9).
Dayton leads the all-time series 11-9, but has lost four straight. Last season, the Flyers lost on the road, 82-71, despite 11 points and nine assists from Kevin Dillard.
THREE TO BE INDUCTED IN THE UD ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
The University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame will grow by three on Saturday when the 2013 class is introduced at halftime of the Dayton-Richmond men’s basketball game. The new members are baseball player Brian Harlamert (1991-94), men’s basketball player Chris Harris (1951-55) and Ted Kissell, who was the University Director of Athletics from 1992 to 2008. The 2013 Hall of Fame class will bring the total membership in UD’s Hall of Fame to 165.
TICK TOCK TICK TOCK
Time is running out for the Flyers to make it to the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament. UD currently is in 13th place in the Atlantic 10 at 5-8. Only 12 teams make the conference tournament. UD trails Charlotte, Saint Joseph’s, St. Bonaventure and George Washington, all with a 6-7 record, by one game. This is UD’s 18th season in the Atlantic 10 and in each of the previous 17 years the Flyers earned a berth to the A-10 Championship.
HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE
For the first time in eight games, the Flyers are finally healthy with 10 scholarship players available. During the 8-game span before the Charlotte game, UD went 3-5.
• In Atlantic 10 games, the Flyers lead the conference in field goal percentage (.476), 3-point field goal shooting (.409) and are second in defensive rebounding (29.7).
• The Flyers have played eight games that have gone down to the final minute this season and have lost all but one.
• Dayton finished non-conference play with 10 victories, the seventh consecutive year achieving 10-plus wins prior to Atlantic 10 action.
• The Flyers are 8-0 this season when scoring 75 or more points.
• Overall, Dayton leads the A-10 in field goal percentage (.466) and 3-point shooting (.381).
• Kevin Dillard, a First Team Pre-Season All-Atlantic 10 selection, leads the A-10 in free throw shooting and ranks ninth in scoring and fifth in assists. He has scored in double figures in 18 of his last 20 games.
• Dillard is 35-of-36 (.972) in the last two minutes of the game this season at the charity stripe.
• In the last 14 games, Dillard is shooting 65-of-71 at the free throw line (.915).
• Dillard has scored 20-plus points in a game five times this season, two more than the rest of the Flyers combined (Vee Sanford, Josh Benson & Dyshawn Pierre each have one apiece).
• Devin Oliver ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10 in overall rebounding (8.1 rpg). He also leads the Flyers with six double-doubles this season and 32 steals.
• Oliver has 12 double-figure rebounding games, tied for second-most in the Atlantic 10.
• Josh Benson has been on fire of late. He has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games, averaging 11.3 points and shooting .793 (23-of-29) at the free throw line.
• Benson ranks seventh in the conference in field goal percentage and 13th in blocks.
• Vee Sanford has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 12 contests.
• Sanford is shooting .817 at the free throw line, second-best on the team and 10th in the A-10. Sanford is also 20th in the conference in scoring at 12.3 points per game.
• A telling individual stat to UD’s success is turnovers. Vee Sanford is averaging 1.4 turnovers per game in Dayton’s wins this year, and 3.1 in the losses.
• Dyshawn Pierre is averaging 10.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in the last five games.
• Matt Derenbecker ranks fourth the conference in 3-point field goal shooting at .427.
• Khari Price returned from a six-game absence and delivered with seven points at Charlotte.