Dayton vs. Xavier: Full Game Preview
|Dayton||K Dillard 14.9||D Oliver 8.6||K Dillard 4.8|
|Xavier||S Christon 14.9||T Taylor 8.0||S Christon 4.7|
Xavier plays host to Dayton at Cintas Center on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 9:00 EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Musketeers are 7-4 against the Flyers over the last four years. The last time they met (3/9/2012) they won 70-69.
Xavier is currently in 2nd place in the conference and Dayton is in 10th.
In their last match-up on January 26th, Semaj Christon put up 16 points for the Musketeers in a loss to St. Joseph's (PA), 59-49. He leads the team in points with 14.9 per game, assists with 4.7 per game, and steals with 1.5 per game. For the Flyers, Josh Benson finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the 72-56 blowout of Duquesne on January 26th. He is averaging 10.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 0.9 blocks per game. When considering the Four Factors, Dayton performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.7. This ranks 2nd in the conference and 38th in the country.
- People just expect us to beat you. Xavier has been the favorite 34 out of the last 40 times.
- It must sting. Xavier has blown out Dayton by 20 points or more on 4 occasions since 1996.
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Xavier has had more players drafted by the NBA than Dayton (5 vs 0).
- Xavier has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.712 to 0.563).
- Xavier is better under pressure, and has defeated Dayton in 10 out of the last 16 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- At least you keep showing up. Xavier has an average margin of victory of 11 over Dayton in 43 wins since 1980.
- Xavier has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Dayton ($27,098 vs $35,865).
- You get an A for effort, but Xavier has emerged victorious against Dayton the last 2 times they've played.
- Xavier players are more experienced than Dayton players (9,617 minutes played vs 9,217 minutes played).
- We win when it counts, too. Xavier has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Dayton (14 vs 1).
- The Xavier three-point leader (Brad Redford) has more three-pointers than the Dayton three-point leader (Kevin Dillard).