Dayton (5-2) at Alabama (6-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 9 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coleman Coliseum (15,383) -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Television: CSS. Home Record: UD 3-1, UA 4-0. Away Record: UD 0-0, UA 0-1. Neutral Record: UD 2-1, UA 2-0. Conference Record: UD 0-0, UA 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Alabama Crimson Tide will try to get back into the win column on Wednesday night, as they welcome the Dayton Flyers to Coleman Coliseum for a non-conference matchup.
Alabama suffered a heartbreaking 58-56 road loss at No. 17 Cincinnati over the weekend, as the Bearcats staved off the upset with a buzzer beater as time expired. It was only the first loss of the season for the Crimson Tide, who also boast wins over the likes of Villanova and Oregon State. The Tide are also unbeaten at home in four tries so far this season.
Dayton has also gotten off to a solid start and enters this tilt with wins in four of its last five outings. Most recently, the Flyers dismantled Northern Illinois at home on Saturday, 60-34. This marks the team's first true road game of the 2012-13 campaign.
The all-time series between these two schools is tied at 1-1. These teams met last year in Dayton, where the Flyers claimed a 74-62 victory.
Dayton held NIU to only five first-half points on 2-of-19 shooting from the floor, tying the fewest points allowed in the first half of a Division I game since the shot clock was introduced in 1986. It was also the fewest points allowed by UD in a half in the modern era. For the game, UD forced 24 turnovers and scored 25 points off those turnovers. Devin Oliver and Josh Benson shared team-high scoring honors with 12 points apiece, while Vee Sanford scored 11 in the victory. Leading scorer Kevin Dillard (13.9 ppg) finished with as many points as turnovers (3), as he shot just 1-of-7 from the floor. However, the Flyers' swarming defensive effort more than made up for Dillard's off night. Sanford is second on the team with 11.7 ppg, while Benson (10.6 ppg) and Oliver (10.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg) are also averaging double figures.
Alabama held Cincinnati to 39 percent shooting on Saturday and also won the rebounding battle, 37-32. However, Bearcats guard Cashmere Wright came up with the biggest bucket of the night when he buried the game-winning jumper as time expired. Wright's last-second dagger came after the Crimson Tide had rallied all the way back from a 13-point deficit. Trevor Lacey tallied a game-high 16 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort, while Trevor Releford joined him in double figures with 12 points. On the season, Releford paces the squad with 17.5 ppg and has knocked down 12-of-23 3-pointers (.522). Rodney Cooper is next in line with 14.5 ppg, followed by Lacey with 13.9 ppg. Alabama has held foes to 54.9 ppg for a +14.0 scoring margin.
The Tide figure to come out hungry at home after suffering their first loss in such heartbreaking fashion. Still, don't count out the Flyers, who are coming off a historic defensive performance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Alabama 66, Dayton 63
12/05 10:38:26 ET