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Georgia State Panthers embark on 5-game road trip starting at tough UD Arena tonight

 

Ron Hunter head coach, Dayton native played at nearby Miami of Ohio

D'Marcus Simonds, star player can drop 30 points on any team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA-Looking to continue one of its best starts in program history, Georgia State will begin a stretch of five-straight games on the road at Dayton on Saturday night. Tip-off between the Panthers and Flyers is set for 7 p.m. in UD Arena.

Georgia State has won four of its last five games and the 7-3 start is tied for the third-best 10-game beginning to a season in program history. Dayton enters play at 4-5 and has lost three of its last four with two of those coming to SEC opponents.

This will mark the first of two-straight games against opponents from the Atlantic 10 Conference and the first-ever with Dayton.

Despite being the visitor’s on the scoreboard, this will serve as a “home game” for head coach Ron Hunter who hails from Dayton. Hunter attended Chaminade-Julienne High School before going on to play collegiately at Miami (Ohio).

Hunter, who picked up his 400th career win earlier this year, is already Georgia State’s all-time winningest coach, despite this being just his seventh season at the helm of the Panthers.

“I’m pleased that we can bring our team back to a city that means a lot to me,” Hunter said. “Dayton was a great place to grow up and will always be special to me. With that said, this is a business trip for us and we will be playing a very good Dayton team. Despite their record, they are one of the top teams in the A-10 and will be playing in front of a packed UD Arena.”

Georgia State enters play ranked No. 12 in the NCAA with a 5.8 turnover margin, along with the No. 30 scoring defense (62.9 ppg) and No. 33 field goal percentage defense (38.5 percent) in the country.

Among Georgia State’s most potent offensive options is sophomore D’Marcus Simonds who enters Saturday averaging 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. The reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year has scored 30 or more points in two of the last three games, including a career-high 35 points against Liberty last week.

The Panthers are scoring 72.9 points per game while holding opponents to just 62.9 points per contest. Equally remarkable, Georgia State has forced 176 turnovers, while turning the ball over just 118 times.

Notes:

  • Seniors Jordan Session and Isaiah Williams have both reached the 100 career games played mark this season. Last year three Panthers accomplished the mark.
  • Session, along with Simonds and Benlevi are all among the top six in the Sun Belt in steals per game.
  • Simonds and Benlevi rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the Sun Belt in minutes played per game.
  • Georgia State ranks first in the Sun Belt in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and turnover margin, along with second in steals.
  • The Panthers have started 7-3 in two of the last three years.

Quick Notes:

• Georgia State’s 7-3 start is tied for the third-best 10-game start in program history.

• GSU is coming off a 90-70 victory over Point on Tuesday and has won four of its last five games.

• Simonds has scored in double figures in 27-straight games, among the top 20 longest streaks in the country.

• Simonds, who was named the College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week on Monday, has scored 30+ in two of the last three games.

• With a win on Saturday, GSU would improve to 8-3 for the second time in the last three years.

• Georgia State enters play ranked No. 12 in the NCAA with a turnover margin of 5.8.

• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, won the 400th game of his career on Nov. 20 against Eastern Washington.

• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons.

• This will serve as a “home” game for Hunter who grew up in Dayton and attended Chaminade-Julienne High School.

• Senior Isaiah Williams played in his 100th career game last Saturday. He is also just 69 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

• Williams, along with Jordan Session have both surpassed 100 career games played this season.

• Georgia State was picked to finish second in the annual Sun Belt Coaches’ Preseason Poll.

• Georgia State is currently receiving votes in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

• The Panthers have won 20 or more games in three of the last four seasons, advancing to postseason play in each of those years.

• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won 93 games, the most of any NCAA Division 1 program in the state of Georgia.

 

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF GEORGIA STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dayton Flyers hosts tough Georgia State coached by Dayton native Ron Hunter tonight at 7 pm

 

Dayton Hosts Georgia State Saturday at 7 p.m. ET

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers return to action after exam week when they host the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be carried by Spectrum Sports and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.
SERIES STUFF
•This is the first meeting between the two programs.
DECEMBER DOMINANCE
•In the last seven years, Dayton is 32-11 in December (.744).
•UD has won 15 of the last 18 games in December.
•The Flyers have had a winning record in December for 18 consecutive seasons.
#TRENDING
•The Flyers have not started a season 4-5 since the 1998-99 campaign.
•UD’s strength of schedule is fourth-best in the country in the RPI report from Dec. 13.
•Dayton has won seven straight against Sun Belt programs.
•Josh Cunningham ranks fourth in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.714) and has reached double figures in points six of the last seven contests.
•Cunningham set a Dayton program record with 22 consecutive field goals over the last three games. The previous mark was 18 held by Sean Finn over four games during the 2002-03 season.
•Cunningham averaged 15.7 points, 113 rebounds and shooting .721 (44 of 61) from the field in the last seven games.
•Darrell Davis has scored in double figures in all but one game (Penn) this season.
•Davis’ 17.7 scoring average is fifth in the Atlantic 10 and 12.2 points higher than last year.
•Kostas Antetokounmpo has a team-best 15 blocks, the second-most in school history through the first nine games. Steve McElvene had 19 in his first nine games as a Flyer.
•Antetokounmpo has at least one block in his last five games.
•In Dayton victories Xeyrius Williams is averaging 10.0 points with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.67. In the losses, Williams’ averages drop to 7.0 points and 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. He has missed the last five games with back spasms.
•John Crosby scored a career-high 15 points off the bench against Penn.
•Jordan Davis is 9 of 19 (.474) from three-point range and has a 6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in his last four contests.
•Opponents are shooting .432 (32 of 74) from three-point range the last three games.
•Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.
UP NEXT
•Dayton heads to California to face the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m. ET.
•The Flyers return home on Saturday, Dec. 23 to face Wagner in the final non-conference game of the season.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Ball State begins 97th season of Men’s Basketball begins at Dayton tonight

 

Game 1
Ball State (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Dayton (0-0, 0-0 A-10)
Friday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m.)
Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena)
Watch: Spectrum Sports Ohio / A-10 Network (Free)
Listen (WLBC)Live Stats

 

James Whitford head coach

A Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State begins its 97th season of basketball and its fifth under head coach James Whitford with a short trip to play defending Atlantic 10 regular season champion Dayton.

• The Cardinals are coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1991-92 and 1992-93. BSU shared the MAC West Division title in each of the past two seasons, winning the division in consecutive years for the first time since the league implemented divisions in 1998.

• Ball State was picked to finish second in this year’s MAC West Division preseason poll behind Western Michigan, and the Cardinals received the third-most votes as MAC Tournament favorite behind WMU and Buffalo. Junior point guard Tayler Persons, an All-MAC Second Team selection last season, was a preseason All-MAC West pick.

• Ball State defeated Saint Francis (Ind.) 91-67 Monday night in its lone exhibition. Seven different Cardinals scored at least eight points in the game, led by junior guard Jontrell Walker with 14. Sophomore forward Tahjai Teague (13 points, 12 rebounds) and freshman forward Zach Gunn (12 points, 11 rebounds) both registered double-doubles.

• Ball State and Dayton will be meeting for the first time since Jan. 5, 2010. Despite being separated by fewer than 100 miles, the teams have played only twice since 1958.

• The Cardinals will play five of their first six games away from home. The opening stretch also includes road games at Oklahoma, Oregon, Bucknell and Indiana State. The only home game during that stretch comes Nov. 17 against Stony Brook.

 

Season Openers
• Ball State is 55-41 all-time in season-opening games.

• The Cardinals will be opening on the road for the fifth consecutive season and opening against an Atlantic 10 opponent for the second year in a row.

• BSU won 85-64 at Saint Louis in last year’s season opener. Franko House, a senior last year, led the way with 23 points, while returning point guard Tayler Persons dropped 21 in his Ball State debut.

 

Scouting Dayton
• Dayton is entering its first season under head coach Anthony Grant, a 1997 UD graduate and former player for the Flyers.

• The former Alabama and VCU head coach takes over for Archie Miller, who moved on to take the head coaching job at Indiana.

• Dayton won the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship a year ago, finishing 24-8 overall and 15-3 in the league.

• The Flyers reached the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season and ended the year at No. 36 in the RPI.

• Dayton must replace four of its top five scorers from a year ago. Junior forward Xeyrius Williams is the team’s top returning player after averaging 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds last season.

• The Flyers defeated Ohio Dominican 79-61 in their exhibition game behind 22 points and nine rebounds from Josh Cunningham.

Tayler Persons

Jontrell Walker

Tahjai Teague

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF BALL STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Dayton Flyers 110th season of Men’s Basketball begins tonight with Anthony Grant era vs. Ball State

 

Anthony Grant



The University of Dayton Flyers will commence the Anthony Grant era and their 110th season of basketball by hosting the Ball State Cardinals on Friday, Nov. 10.  The game will be carried by Spectrum Sports and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.
SERIES STUFF
•Dayton leads the all-time series 5-1.
•The Flyers have won the past four meetings with the last one on Jan. 5, 2010 (59-35) at UD Arena.
OPENING DAY HORS D’OEUVRES
•The Flyers have won 12 consecutive opening games and 15 of their last 16.
•Dayton is 44-4 in home openers at UD Arena.
•Last time Dayton broke the 100-point scoring mark in a season opener was on Nov. 23, 1991 when UD defeated Austin Peay 101-94.
•The Flyers had a 23-game home-opener winning streak from 1969 to 1991.
#TRENDING
•Dayton returns the seventh-fewest number of minutes played in Division I (2,020). Only Pitt (648), Kentucky (890), Austin Peay (1,392), Robert Morris (1,612), Iowa State (1,728), James Madison (1,881) and Chattanooga (1,909) have fewer.
•The Flyers finished 2016-17 in the NCAA Top 50 in scoring defense (48th), field goal defense (44th), 3-point field goal percentage (37th), assist-to-turnover ratio (31st), turnover margin (15th), turnovers forced (40th) and steals per game (27th).
•The 24 victories were tied for the 13th-most in a single season at Dayton.
•Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-15 in games decided by five points or less.
•UD shot .493 from the floor in victories last year and .384 in its losses.
•The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this past year.
•UD has won 35 of its last 36 games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 43 of the last 50 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•The Flyers forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this past year.

UP NEXT
•Dayton heads to South Carolina to play in the 2017 Gildean Charleston Classic against the Hofstra Pride on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Flyers hosts Ohio Dominican tonight at 7:00

Men’s Basketball Exhibition Action Saturday

DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers host the Ohio Dominican Panthers in exhibition action on Saturday. It will be the first official men’s basketball event at the transformed UD Arena. •Game time is 7 p.m. ET.
•The game will be carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.

DAYTON HIRES ANTHONY GRANT
•On March 30, 2017, the University of Dayton named Anthony Grant the 20th coach in Flyer Basketball history.
•Grant, a 1987 UD alum, was most recently on the coaching staff of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, working with athletes such as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
•He spent the last two seasons on Billy Donovan’s staff after nine seasons as head coach at Alabama and VCU and 13 seasons as a Division I assistant coach.
THE TRANSFORMED UD ARENA
•The University of Dayton is embarking on a $72 million renovation of its arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena will occur in three phases – from 2017 to 2019.
•The Arena is an iconic community resource with an economic impact of upwards of $10 million annually. In addition to Flyer men’s and women’s basketball games, high school tournament games and the NCAA First Four, it is used for competitions such as the Winter Guard International World Championships, entertainment events, large-scale educational seminars and as a staging area for community projects.
•UD Arena has been the site of 117 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 34 more than any other tournament host.
#TRENDING
•Dayton returns the fourth-fewest number of minutes played in Division I (1,596). Only Pitt (648), Kentucky (890) and Austin Peay (1,392) have fewer.
•The Flyers finished 2016-17 in the NCAA Top 50 in scoring defense (48th), field goal defense (44th), 3-point field goal percentage (37th), assist-to-turnover ratio (31st), turnover margin (15th), turnovers forced (40th) and steals per game (27th).
•The 24 victories are tied for the 13th-most in a single season at Dayton.
•Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-15 in games decided by five points or less.
•UD shot .493 from the floor in victories last year and .384 in its losses.
•The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this past year.
•UD has won 35 of its last 36 games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 43 of the last 50 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•The Flyers forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this past year.
UP NEXT
•The Flyers host the Ball State Cardinals to open the 2017-18 regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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