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Dayton Flyers plays Georgia Bulldogs to open Maui Invitational today

 

 

Strong Field Includes Michigan State, Kansas, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Brigham Young & Chaminade

LAHAINA, Maui – The University of Dayton Flyers travel to Hawai’i to take part in the premier in-season tournament in college basketball — the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.  Dayton will open the tournament against Georgia on Monday, Nov. 25 at 9:30 a, m, HT/2:30 p.m. ET.

 

UD and UGA are paired with Michigan State and Virginia Tech on their side of the bracket.  Brigham Young, Kansas, UCLA and host school Chaminade (who is also a sister school of Dayton) round out the field.  The tournament continues on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Nov. 27.

 

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, televised on ESPN2 and streamed on ESPN+.  Streaming audio, streaming video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

 

THE TRANSFORMED UD ARENA

The University of Dayton has completed a three-year, $76.2 million transformation project of UD Arena in time for the Arena’s 50th anniversary season. The project transformed the 50-year-old facility into a state-of-the-art venue.  The upgrade, the largest construction project in University history, modernizes the Arena without losing the “soul of the bowl” – the atmosphere that has made UD Arena one of the best places to watch college basketball in the country.

 

#TRENDING

•        This is the Flyers’ fourth trip to the Maui Invitational.  UD is 7-2 in the Lahaina Civic Center, and won the tournament in 2003.

•        Dayton had five players score in double figures for the second straight game in the 93-68 Flyer win over Omaha on Nov. 19. Obi Toppin led with 21 points and six rebounds,  He was followed by Ryan Mikesell with 16 points, Rodney Chatman with 13, and Trey Landers and Ibi Watson (off the bench) with 11 each.

•        Toppin opened the year with a career-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds against Indian State.  Toppin was 10 of 16 FG, 8 of 11 FT, and had six dunks.

•        He is two slams away from his 100th career dunk.  And keep in mind that he enters the Georgia game with just 18 starts and 36 career games.

•        Toppin is currently first in the A-10 in scoring (23.7) and FG% (.700, 28-40).

•        He has been named to both the James Naismith Trophy and Lute Olson Award Watch Lists for national player of the year.  The Preseason First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection is also on the Karl Malone Award Watch List, which goes to the top collegiate power forward.  Jay Bilas also lists him as his top breakout candidate this year.

•        The Flyers are first nationally in FG% (.557, 103-185), tied for first (with Texas Tech) in assists as a team (22.0), and are eighth in both scoring (89.7) and A/T ratio (1.78).  Note:  Georgia is fourth in scoring offense (92.0).

 

UP NEXT

•        Dayton will play either Michigan State or Virginia Tech on Day Two in Maui.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Kent State invades St. John Arena tonight at 6:30 to take on #10 Ohio State

 

St. John Arena 2014 photo By JonRidinger - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

KENT, Ohio- The Kent State University men’s basketball team is back on the road as the Flashes make the trek down I-71 to Columbus to take on Ohio State on Monday night. Tip time between the Golden Flashes and the #10 Buckeyes is set for 6:30 p.m.

 

 

THE GAME

Kent State (5-0) vs. #10 Ohio State (5-0)

Monday, Nov. 24 | St. John Arena| Columbus, Ohio | 6:30 PM

 

BROADCAST

TV: BTN

Radio: Ty Linder (pbp), WHLO 640 AM (flagship), iHeart Radio

 

OHIO STATE HEAD COACH

Chris Holtmann

Record at Ohio State: 50-24  (Third season)

 

KENT STATE HEAD COACH

Rob Senderoff

Record at Kent State: 166-108 (Ninth season)

 

ALL-TIME SERIES

Ohio State holds a 5-0 all-time series advantage. The last meeting between the two teams was back on Nov. 12, 2006 when Ohio State came away with a 81-59 win.

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

The Kent State men’s basketball improved to 5-0 on the season after a 89-59 win over Concord. The last time the Flashes started 5-0 was during the 2002-03 season. En route to the victory, Danny Pippen scored a game-high 17 points, three rebounds, and two blocks. The Flashes had two other players score in double-figures with Anthony Roberts and Tervell Beck both scoring 15 points. Kent State shot 45.2 percent (33-73) from the floor, and 11-33 (33.3 percent) from long range.  Defensively, the Flashes held the Mountain Lions to 38 percent (23-60) from the floor and 10-30 (30) percent long range in the second half.

 

FLASH FACTS

 

- The Flashes have four players averaging in double-figure scoring with  Troy Simons (13.0 ppg), Anthony Roberts (15.0 ppg), Antonio Williams (12.4 ppg), and Danny Pippen (14.0 ppg)

- As a team, Kent State ranks 29th in the country and leads the conference with 23 total blocks.

-Kent State ranks 23rd in the country in three-point FG per game (10.2)

Danny Pippen leads the team with  12 total blocks, five of which he had against Towson. Kent State ranks 32nd in the nation in blocked shots (5.6) and lead the conference. Pippen is also ranked 35th in the nation and leads conference stats averaging 2.4 blocked shots per game.

Troy Simons ranks 35th in the nation in 3-point FG per game (3.20) and is second in conference stats.

Philip Whittington leads the conference and ranks 27th in the country averaging 10.7 rebounds per game. He leads the conference in defensive rpg (8.0) and ranks 19th in the country.

- Defensively, the Flashes have held its opponents to 67.2 points per game on 38.7percent shooting from the field and 34.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

- Kent State has forced 78 turnovers (15.6 tpg) while collecting 25 steals (9.4 stl/g). On the glass, the Flashes have out re-bounded their opponents 209-174  for a +7.0 margin.

 

SCOUTING OHIO STATE

 

The 10th-ranked Buckeyes, stand 5-0 on the season under three-year head coach Chris Holtmann In their last outing, Ohio State remained undefeated after a 85-46 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne.  Three players scored in double-digits for the Buckeyes, Kaleb Wesson (15), D.J. Carton (13) and CJ Walker (11). Ohio State’s bench outscored Purdue Fort Wayne’s bench 40-7. Ohio State held the Mastodons to 17 made field goals, marking the first time since at least 1996 that Ohio State limited five-consecutive opponents to 20 or fewer made field goals. The Buckeyes have three players averaging in double-figures in Wesson (11.8 ppg), DJ Carton (11.2 ppg), and Kyle Young (10.6 ppg). Wesson leads the team with 51 boards and averages 10.2 per game.

 

Defensively, Ohio State has allowed its opponents to score 52.0 points per game on 31.3 percent shooting from the field and 29.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Buckeyes have 59 turnovers (11.8 tpg) while collecting 24 steals (4.8 stl/g) On the glass, Ohio State has out-rebounded their opponents 207-173 for a +6.8 margin.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF KENT STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Nebraska-Omaha travels to Dayton for first-ever meeting with Flyers

The Omaha men’s basketball returns to the road this week, opening with Dayton on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with Dwight Burgess and Tony White on the call.

Quick Hits
• Omaha is in the midst of a three-game road stretch at Colorado State (Nov. 13), Dayton (Nov. 19) and Washington State (Nov. 21).
• Matt Pile needs one blocked shot to enter the top 10 in school history for career blocks. Bryan Muellner (1985-89) currently sits in the 10th spot with 68 blocks to his credit.
• KJ Robinson enters the week needing just one 3-pointer to reach 100 threes in his career.
• The 2019-20 season is the 107th overall in program history and the ninth of the Mavericks’ Division I era. All-time, the program is 1,183-1,188.
• The Mavericks have shot 50.0% as a team twice this season and have 15 straight wins when shooting 50.0% or better.
• JT GibsonKJ RobinsonAyo Akinwole and Matt Pile will serve as first-time team captains this season.

Scouting the Dayton Flyers
Dayton is 2-0 (0-0 Atlantic 10) on the season after a 90-61 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. Defending A-10 Rookie of the Year Obi Toppin scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting with 11 rebounds to lead UD. Four other Flyers scored in double figures: Rodney Chatman (14), Ryan Mikesell (14), Jalen Crutcher (12) and Trey Landers (10).

Toppin, who was a first-team Preseason A-10 pick, averages a team-leading 25.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Dayton was picked third in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll released last month.

Head coach Anthony Grant has compiled a record of 37-29 in three seasons at Dayton and has a 230-139 career mark over 12 years.

All-Time Against Dayton
Tuesday marks the first meeting between Omaha and Dayton.

Against the Atlantic 10
Tuesday’s meeting at Dayton marks the second contest of Omaha’s Division I era against Atlantic 10 competition. All-time, Omaha is 0-1 against members of the conference, having fallen 120-112 to Duquesne in the first round of the 2016 CBI postseason tournament. The game included an 80-point second half for the Mavericks.

Last Time Out: Mavericks Drop Road Decision at Colorado State, 80-65
Omaha cut it to a six-point deficit in the second half but came up short last Wednesday at Colorado State, falling 80-65 at Moby Arena. Marlon Ruffin had a breakout performance off the bench, posting a team-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four triples. He added a team-leading eight rebounds, matching teammate Matt Pile on the glass. JT Gibson hit three 3-pointers and had 15 points, and Ayo Akinwole added 10 more alongside a game-high six assists.

CSU shot 47.5% (29-of-61) from the field and held Omaha to 35.4% (23-of-65). The Rams had a 43-37 advantage on the boards and a 34-18 edge in the paint.

Up Next
Omaha heads to Washington State on Thursday, Nov. 21, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. CT at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NEBRASKA-OMAHA ATHLETICS

Dayton Men’s Basketball ends 3-game homestand with visit from Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks Tuesday night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flyers Looking To Improve To 3-0 This Season

DAYTON  – The University of Dayton Flyers will close out a season-opening three-game homestand Tuesday night, when Omaha visits Tom Blackburn Court. Game time is 7 p.m. ET.

The game will carried by WHIO Radio, televised by Spectrum News 1 in southwest Ohio and streamed on ESPN+.  Streaming audio, streaming video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

 

THE TRANSFORMED UD ARENA

The University of Dayton has completed a three-year, $76.2 million transformation project of UD Arena in time for the Arena’s 50th anniversary season. The project transformed the 50-year-old facility into a state-of-the-art venue.  The upgrade, the largest construction project in University history, modernizes the Arena without losing the “soul of the bowl” – the atmosphere that has made UD Arena one of the best places to watch college basketball in the country.

 

#TRENDING

•        All five starters scored in double figures in Dayton’s 90-61 win over Charleston Southern Saturday.  Obi Toppin led with his second double-double of teh year (21/11).  He was followed by Rodney Chatman and Ryan Mikesell (14 each), Jalen Crutcher (12) and Trey Landers (10).

•        Toppin opened the year with a career-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds.  Toppin was 10 of 16 FG, 8 of 11 FT, and had six dunks.

•        In the Charleston Southern win, he was 10 of 13 from the field with seven dunks.

•        He is four slams away from his 100th career dunk.  And keep in mind that he enters the Omaha game with just 17 starts and 35 career games.

•        Toppin is currently first in the A-10 in scoring (25.0) and third in rebounding (11.5).

•        He has been named to both the James Naismith Trophy and Lute Olson Award Watch Lists for national player of the year.  The Preseason First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection is also on the Karl Malone Award Watch List, which goes to the top collegiate power forward.  Jay Bilas also lists him as his top breakout candidate this year.

•        The Flyers are third in the country in assists as a team and have two of the top five individuals in the A-10 — Jalen Crutcher (6.5, third) and Rodney Chatman (6.0, fifth).

•        Dayton is 2-for-2 on sellouts this season for the first two games of the year.  UD has also already announced that future games against St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and Rhode Island are sold out.  The Arena record for sellouts in a season is eight set in 1969-70 and 2018-19.

•        The Flyers signed three players during the early signing period — 6-6 wing R.J. Blakney, 6-6 guard Koby Brea and 6-4 guard Luke Frazier.

 

UP NEXT

•        Dayton travels to Hawai’i’, to make its fourth appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. UD opens the tournament against Georgia on Monday, Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

•        The Flyers are on the same side of the bracket as Michigan State and Virginia Tech.  Other teams in the field are Brigham Young, Kansas, UCLA and host Chaminade.

•        Dayton won the Maui Invitational in 2003.

•        The Flyers’ next home game will be Tuesday, Dec. 3 against Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. ET.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Toppin leads Dayton Men’s Basketball in rout of Charleston Southern, 90-61

Dayton Men’s Basketball Surfs Past Charleston Southern In 90-61 Win
Obi Toppin Records Double-Double; 21 Points & 11 Rebounds
DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team beat Charleston Southern on the Tom Blackburn Court in its the “Maui on the Mainland” game 90-61. For the Flyers, the game is the fourth game of the Maui Invitational exempt tournament. Additionally, this game was the second sellout for the Flyers in two games this season.
Dayton was led by Obi Toppin, who scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting and brought in 11 rebounds. Four other Flyers also scored in double digits with Rodney Chatman and Ryan Mikesell each contributing 14 points, Jalen Crutcher scoring 12 points and Trey Landers scoring 10.

Obi Toppin

GAME BREAKDOWN
1st Half: Dayton 46, Charleston Southern 33
• The Flyers jumped out of the gate strong, going on a 14-0 run in the first 4:00 of the game.
• Dayton closed the half with a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 46-33
• Two Flyers scored double-digits in the half. Toppin led the Flyers with 13 points and eight rebounds. Chatman scored 11 points with three rebounds and assists.
• Dayton out-scored Charleston Southern in the paint 32-16.
• The Flyers scored 16 fast break points in the half, while the defense held the Buccaneers so scoring on only a single fast break.
• Charleston Southern went five-for-nine from three in the half (55.6 percent) to keep the halftime score close.
• Dayton shot 62.5% from the field overall in the half, whereas Charleston Southern shot 36.1%.
2nd Half: Dayton 90, Charleston Southern 61
• A 13-2 run capped off by a Mikesell three gave the Flyers a 69-47 lead with just over 10 minutes left.
• Mikesell led the Flyers in the second half, scoring 10 points.
• Dayton continued to work in the paint, out-scoring Charleston Southern 22-12.
• The Buccaneers had 11 turnovers in the half, with Dayton scoring 22 points off of them.
• The Flyers shot 58.6% from the field in the half, and 100.0% from the free throw line.
• The Flyers bench contributed 16 of the 44 points in the second half.
• Dayton defense held the Buccaneers to 48.0% from the field during the second half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Toppin scored 21 points while adding 11 rebounds.
• All five starters reached double-figures on the night, combining for 30-for-47 (63.8 percent) on field goals.
• Dayton offense moved the ball throughout the game assisting on 27 of 37 made field goals.
• 10 different players scored for the Flyers, including walkons Christian Wilson ( his first career points on a three from the corner) and Camron Greer (with a pair of free throws).
• Dayton never trailed Charleston Southern throughout the game.
• Chatman had 14 points and eight assists while Crutcher added 12 points and seven assists.
• The Flyers had 10 team dunks including seven from Toppin. 

UP NEXT
• The Flyers remain home to play at UD Arena against Omaha on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. ET
• Dayton will then head to Lahaina, Hawai’i to compete in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational
• UD will play Georgia in the opening round on Monday, Nov. 25.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

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