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Massachusetts (22-5) at Dayton (19-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,455) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: UMass 12-1, Dayton 11-4. Away Record: UMass 6-3, Dayton 6-4. Neutral Record: UMass 4-1, Dayton 2-1. Conference Record: UMass 9-4, Dayton 7-6. Series record: Series is tied, 10-10.

GAME NOTES: A pair of teams riding late-season success tangle at UD Arena on Saturday, as the Massachusetts Minutemen meet the Dayton Flyers in Atlantic 10 Conference action.

UMass has won three in a row and five of its last six contests, while Dayton had a six-game win streak broken on Tuesday at Saint Joseph's.

The Minutemen, who at 9-4 are tied for third place in the conference standings along with VCU, are coming off a 70-67 home win over Rhode Island Wednesday. Chaz Williams netted 16 points and dished out a team-high six assists. Trey Davis scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench for UMass. Sampson Carter chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds, and Derrick Gordon narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

UMass is one of 11 teams in Division I that has started the same lineup all season. The Minutemen are averaging 76.8 ppg, which ranks first in the A-10. They are also holding opponents to 30.3 percent shooting from the 3-point line. Williams (15.6 ppg), Cady Lalanne (12.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Carter (10.9 ppg) are part of a team that despite its success has struggled at the foul line. The Minutemen are making just 67 percent from the charity stripe. Over the last five games, the Minutemen have hit 63.6 percent. Senior Raphiael Putney enters the game nine points shy of 1,000 for his career. Williams is third in the nation in assists (7.2 apg), and he has 15 double-digit assist games in his career, equaling Carl Smith's record from 1983-87.

The Flyers were 79-53 blowout victims to the Hawks on Tuesday. They were led by Jalen Robinson with 13 points, while Devin Oliver posted a double-double consisting of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Offensive balance has been the key to Dayton's success this season. The Flyers are 18-2 when three or more players score in double figures, but only 1-7 when two players or less hit at least 10 points. The Flyers, who are averaging 73.2 ppg, are led by the trio of Jordan Sibert (12.2 ppg), Oliver (12.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Pierre (11.2 ppg). Vee Sanford (9.5 ppg) is a strong contributor off the bench. Sibert is third in the Atlantic 10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.426), while Oliver (.417) is seventh. Matt Kavanaugh is averaging 7.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg over the last five games for Archie Miller's team.

UMass has won six of the last nine meetings, but with a victory today the Flyers would reach the 20-win mark for the 10th time since 2000.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 69, Massachusetts 66

03/01 10:14:24 ET

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Local
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
Final
CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
Final
PIT 3
CIN 2
Final
BAL 3
MIN 2
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
Final
KAN 2
CLE 3
Final
CWS 4
DET 8
Final
ATL 0
MIA 4
Final
NYM 2
PHI 7
Final
HOU 2
TEX 0
Final
ARI 0
COL 2
Final
STL 13
CHC 2
Final
SDP 2
LOS 1
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
ANA 2
OAK 0
Final
SEA 1
WAS 3
1:07pm Today
TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
Final
UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
Final
ALA 33
WVU 23
Final
AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
Final
KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
Final
OKST 31
FSU 37
Final
TEX 38
UNT 7
Final
NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
Final
LSU 28
WISC 24
Final
OREG 62
SD 13
Final
HAW 16
WASH 17
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR