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Dayton stays on road visiting the Charlotte 49ers in Atlantic 10 play tonight

(courtesy Dayton)

(courtesy Charlotte)

FLYERS BACK ON THE ROAD AT CHARLOTTE ON WEDNESDAY
Still seeking their first Atlantic 10 road win, the University of Dayton Flyers head south to face the Charlotte 49ers on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on WHIO, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live video, stats and audio at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton, 14-12 overall and 4-8 in Atlantic 10 play, are still seeking their first Atlantic 10 road win of the year.
Dayton ranks first in the conference in 3-point shooting (.380). Kevin Dillard continues to lead Dayton in scoring (14.8), assists (4.6), 3-pointers made (46), free throws made (108), free throw percentage (.878), minutes (32.7) and tied for the team lead in steals (30).Vee Sanford (12.3 ppg) and Josh Benson (10.3 ppg) also add to the Flyer offense.
ABOUT CHARLOTTE
Charlotte, 18-8 overall and 6-6 Atlantic 10, has dropped four of its past five, with the lone win an upset of then-No. 11 Butler on Feb. 13. Charlotte possesses the best field goal defense in the A-10 with opponents shooting .400 from the field. The 49ers are without their leading scorer DeMario Mayfield, who was dismissed from the team for violation of athletic department policy. Mayfield was averaging a team-high 11.7 points with 3.6 rebounds this season. Chris Braswell leads the charge averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
SERIES STUFF
Dayton leads the all-time series 7-4 and have won three straight. Last season, the Flyers won at home, 75-65, behind 14 points from Devin Oliver.
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 4-8. Only 12 teams make the conference tournament, and Charlotte, Saint Joseph’s, Richmond and George Washington are all 6-6, while St. Bonaventure is 6-7. 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.
ROCKY ROAD
After beginning the season with a road win at Alabama, the Flyers have dropped seven straight away from UD Arena. Four of those losses have come by five points or less. Kevin Dillard has been Dayton’s top scorer on the road, averaging 13.9 points per game. Although Dayton out-rebounds its opponents on the road (plus-1.6), opponents are shooting .453 from the field and forcing 17.6 turnovers per game.
NOTHING OFFENSIVE ABOUT OFFENSE
In Atlantic 10 action, the Flyers have shown great balance on the offensive end. UD ranks seventh in A-10 play in scoring, averaging 68.8 points per game. This coming with only two players in conference action in the Top 30 in scoring (Kevin Dillard, 10th, 14.5 ppg and Vee Sanford, 24th, 11.6 ppg).
THE BETTER HALF
Dayton is 12-1 when leading with five minutes remaining in regulation. The Flyers have led in the second half in all but two games this year.
GUT WRENCHING
In games decided by three points or less, the Flyers are 0-6 this season. Bump up the scoring margin to five points or less and the Flyers are 1-7. UD went 4-5 in those same games last year.
UP NEXT
Dayton is back at UD Arena for the final two home games of the regular season.  The Flyers host Richmond on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET in the annual Hall of Fame Game.  Brian Harlamert (baseball), Chris Harris (men’s basketball) and Ted Kissell (former Director of Athletics) will be inducted into the Hall before the game and introduced at halftime.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Dayton is looking for its first Atlantic 10 road win. The Flyers have not started 0-7 on the road in conference play since the 2005-06 campaign when UD lost its first seven.
• In Atlantic 10 games, the Flyers lead the conference in field goal percentage (.466), 3-point field goal shooting (.410) and are second in defensive rebounding (29.9).
• 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 7-0 this season when scoring 75 or more points, also when holding teams to 60 points or less.
• Overall, Dayton leads the conference in 3-point shooting (.380).
• Kevin Dillard, a First Team Pre-Season All-Atlantic 10 selection, leads UD in scoring (14.8), assists (4.6), 3-pointers made (46), free throws made (108), free throw percentage (.878), minutes (32.7) and tied for the team lead in steals (30).
• Dillard, a Cousy Award watch list selection, is 10th in the A-10 in scoring, fifth in assists and fourth in free throw percentage. He has scored in double figures in 17 of his last 19 games.
• Dillard is 33-of-34 (.971) in the last two minutes of the game this season at the charity stripe.
• In the last 13 games, Dillard is shooting 58-of-64 at the free throw line (.906).
• 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 (8.0 rpg). He also leads the Flyers with five double-doubles this season and tied for the team lead in steals with 30.
• Oliver has 11 double-figure rebounding games, second-most in the Atlantic 10.
• Josh Benson is producing at a similar clip as he did last season before his torn ACL. In 2012-13, Benson is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and shooting .549 from the floor.
• Benson ranks seventh in the conference in field goal percentage and 13th in blocks. He has scored in double figures in four of the last six games.
• Vee Sanford has scored in double figures in nine of his last 11 contests.
• Sanford is shooting .824 at the free throw line, second-best on the team and eighth in the A-10. Sanford is also 21st in the conference in scoring at 12.3 points per game.
• Sanford had a career-high four steals at UMass.
• 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 9.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in the last five games.
• Matt Derenbecker leads the conference in 3-point field goal shooting at .424.
• In his last four games, Jalen Robinson is averaging 8.5 points and 6.3 boards off the bench.

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