George Washington (10-20) at Dayton (19-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,266) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: DW 6-8, UD 13-4. Away Record: GW 2-11, UD 3-7. Neutral Record: GW 2-1, UD 3-0. Conference Record: GW 5-11, UD 9-7. Series Record: George Washington leads, 15-13.
GAME NOTES: The sixth-seeded Dayton Flyers are set to host the 11th-seeded George Washington Colonials in the first round of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament this evening, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinal round to take on Xavier in Atlantic City on Friday.
George Washington went just 10-20 this year, the worst record of any team in the tournament, though it finished 5-11 in conference and won the tie-breaker over Charlotte to earn the 11th seed. After winning three of four bouts in mid-January, the Colonials won just two of their final 11 games to close out the regular season.
Dayton followed up a trip to last year's A-10 Tournament title tilt with yet another solid season as it went 19-11. Its 9-7 mark in conference tied it with three others for fifth place, but by virtue of the tie-breaker system it earned the sixth seed. The Flyers are coming into the tournament on a high note, having won three of their last four games.
These two teams played at UD Arena just a couple of days ago in the regular season finale, with Dayton coming out on top in a 75-59 final, making that four straight wins for the Flyers at home against the Colonials. GW still leads the all-time series however, 15-13.
For the most part, George Washington has played well at the defensive end of the court (66.7 ppg), but it has been overshadowed by poor scoring as the team ranks next-to-last in the conference in points per game (62.4) behind just 42.8 percent field goal efficiency. GW isn't much of a threat from long range either, hitting a league-worst 126 three-pointers at just a 33 percent clip. Tony Taylor has been the Colonials' most effective player, averaging 13.3 ppg while ranking fifth in the A-10 in assists (4.4 apg). Lasan Kromah (11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and David Pellom (10.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg) have also been stellar for GW this year, with the latter ranking third nationally with an outstanding field goal percentage of .697.
Dayton has been one of the better scoring teams in the conference this season, putting up 71.9 ppg on 43.9 percent field goal shooting. It is also deadly at the foul line, ranking fourth in all of Division I in free-throw percentage at .769. The Flyers are led by All-Atlantic 10 Second Team selection Kevin Dillard, who tallies 12.9 ppg and is the league's second-best distributor of the ball (5.9 apg). Chris Johnson barely edges Dillard as the team's leading scorer (13.0 ppg), while posting great percentages from the floor overall (.479), and from beyond the three-point line (.411). Although no one on the roster averages more than 6.4 rpg, UD is the A-10's second-most effective team on the glass, laying claim to a rebounding margin of +3.6.
Very little if anything at all has changed since Dayton's 16-point home win over GW on Saturday. Expect a similar outcome tonight as the Flyers soar into the quarterfinals.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 73, George Washington 61
03/06 10:34:06 ET