MBB Preview: Dayton Comes to Town for Saturday Afternoon Game
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 • 1 p.m. • St. Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Arena)
TV: NBC Sports Network (Dave Strader, Dave Kaplan)
Radio: 101 ESPN/101.1 FM/101Sports.com (Bob Ramsey, Earl Austin Jr.)
SETTING THE SCENE
Fresh off its thrilling victory over No. 9 Butler, Saint Louis (15-5, 4-2 A-10) gets right back at it when it hosts Dayton (12-8, 2-4 A-10) Saturday, Feb. 2, in a 1 p.m. tip at Chaifetz Arena.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
Saturday's game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network, with Dave Strader and Dave Kaplan on the call. A channel finder is available on NBCSports.com. The radio broadcast will air on 101 ESPN (101.1 FM and 101sports.com). As always, Billiken Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey will provide the play-by-play, while St. Louis American Sports Editor Earl Austin Jr. handles the analysis.
ON THE WEB
Saturday's game vs. Dayton WILL NOT be streamed on SLUBillikens.com due to contractual obligations with NBC Sports Network. Live stats are available at SLUBillikens.com. A new feature now allows you to follow live stats on your mobile device. Simply visit slustats.com and click the active game you would like to follow.
• The annual "Billiken Blue Out" will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, versus VCU. The Royal Banks of Missouri "Great Baby Race" is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, against La Salle.
• Chaifetz Arena offers special "happy hour" deals for fans arriving early to games. From the opening of doors (two hours before tip) until 30 minutes before game time, fans can take advantage of $2 nachos and $2 beers.
LAST TIME OUT
• Jordair Jett tied a career high with 19 points as the Billikens knocked off No. 9 Butler 75-58 Thursday night.
• The win was the Billikens' first against a top-10 opponent since they defeated No. 2 Louisville in 2002-03.
• SLU's margin of victory (17 points) was the largest ever for the Billikens against a ranked opponent.
• Saint Louis recorded a Chaifetz Arena record 14 steals. The Billikens also forced Butler into 23 turnovers, the most by the Bulldogs since 2003.
• Jett was 8-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, to help account for his 19 points.
• Dwayne Evans tallied 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and also corralled five rebounds. Rob Loe scored 12 points.
• Saint Louis, which has won three in a row, knocked off No. 9 Butler Thursday in front of a record crowd of 10,612.
• It was SLU's first victory against a top-10 opponent since beating No. 2 Louisville on Feb. 13, 2003.
• The Bills lead the A-10 in scoring defense, yielding 57.8 ppg. SLU allowed 46 or fewer points in four straight games recently, the best defensive streak by SLU since 1949-50.
• Saint Louis features a balanced scoring attack, with six players averaging 7.0 points or more per game. Three Billikens average double figures in scoring.
• Senior forward Cody Ellis is tied for the team lead in scoring with 11.0 ppg. He is one of just three players in the country to lead his team in scoring despite having zero starts.
• Junior forward Dwayne Evans leads the team and is 13th in the A-10 in rebounding (6.5 rpg). He scores 11.0 ppg to tie Ellis for team-high honors.
• Junior guard Mike McCall Jr. is third on the squad with 10.7 ppg. He tops the team and is second in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.459, 34-74).
• Junior guard Jordair Jett tallied a team- and season-high 19 points against Butler. He is fourth on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) and leads the team in assists and steals.
• Junior forward Rob Loe contributed 12 points in the win against Butler. He averages 7.3 ppg for the season, including 10.3 ppg in A-10 games.
• Senior forward Cory Remekun shoots 61.3 percent from the floor and leads the team in blocks.
• Sophomore forward Grandy Glaze has started the last three games. He averages 3.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg.
• In A-10 games, senior guard Kwamain Mitchell averages 10.0 ppg and leads the team with 19 assists and 10 (tied) steals.
• SLU shoots 44.6 percent (456-1022) from the floor, 35.3 percent (124-351) from 3-point range and 71.0 percent (306-431) from the line.
• The University of Dayton enters Saturday's matchup 12-8 overall and 2-4 in the A-10. The Flyers are coming off a 66-61 loss at Xavier.
• After a challenging start to its A-10 slate that featured losses to VCU, Butler and La Salle, Dayton had won two in a row over Fordham and Duquesne on its home floor prior to the Xavier loss.
• Senior guard Kevin Dillard, a preseason first-team All-Conference selection, leads UD in scoring (14.8), assists per game (4.9), 3-pointers made (39), free throws made (85), free throw percentage (.867) and steals (26).
• Junior guard Vee Sanford scores 12.9 ppg, while senior forward/center Josh Benson averages 10.2 ppg and leads the team with 21 blocked shots. Junior forward Devin Oliver pumps in 9.4 ppg and brings down a team-leading 8.5 rpg. He also has registered 24 steals, second most on the squad.
• Dayton leads the A-10 in 3-point shooting percentage (.390) and ranks second in scoring offense (72.3) and assists (14.7).
• Head coach Archie Miller is in his second season at Dayton. In his first campaign a year ago, Miller led the Flyers to 20 wins, an NIT berth and the 2011 Old Spice Classic championship. Miller came to UD from the University of Arizona, where as associate head coach in 2011 he helped the Wildcats to a 30-8 season and an appearance in the national quarterfinals.
Dayton leads the all-time series 25-23. In A-10 play, which began in 2005-06, Dayton leads 9-6. However, the Billikens have won five of the last seven in the series. Last year, Dayton topped the Billikens 79-72 in overtime at UD Arena, then SLU defeated Dayton 58-50 at Chaifetz Arena.