The Edge: North Caolina A&T

Welcome to the 2nd edition of "The Edge". Again, Dayton Insider will break down all five starting position. We will also break down the bench and give you an overall analysis as well as our score prediction. Today we will take a look at how well Dayton played against APSU and compare that to the three games that N.C. A&T have already played.

Center: Kurt Huelsman / Jason Wills
This will be a tough match up for Kurt as Jason Willis comes into this game averaging a double-double through his first three games (12.7 pts. & 10.0 reb.). Jason is really the only post player the Aggies will start and could have a big day against the freshman. Kurt had a great defensive game against APSU holding Tomas Janusauskas to three points and three rebounds. The Flyers center also did a great job on the boards collecting a very impressive 9 for the game. Kurt will have a much harder time with the Aggies go to guy. Jason's production so far is not a surprise; he was named to the MEAC All-Conference 1st team and led his team last year in scoring (14.8) and rebounding (7.1).
Edge: Jason Wills


Power Forward: Charles Little (4RPG) / Trahern Chaplin (3RPG)
Charles started his first game rather slowly and I would think that he would prefer to just forget about the APSU and start fresh. Last year Dayton fans fell in love with Charles because he was a constant warrior showing that he did not need size to be a factor for the flyers, because of his hard work and determination. Charles did not show those factors last Saturday and Dayton Insider fully expects the young man to bounce back and dominate this match up. Chaplin has also been ineffective so far this year and will have his work cut out for him trying to battle Charles Little. Chapin could cause a problem when he steps out to the perimeter.
Edge: Charles Little


Wing Forward: Monty Scott (9 PPG) / Walter Booth (9 PPG)
These two players are the lone seniors in the starting lineup. Walter has been the Aggies most efficient shooter this year from both the field and the 3-point line making 47% of his shots. He will have his a tough time defending Monty, who has shown he is going to take a lot more shots around the basket this year. Walter takes most of his shots from behind the arc so look for Monty to pick his man up early and try to take Walter out of his comfort. Monty has high expectations for this year so he will try and build on his solid performance from Saturday.
Edge: Monty Scott

Shooting Guard: Marcus Johnson (23 PPG) / Steven Rush (11.3 PPG)
One thing is certain in this match up and that is the ball will be up in the air quite a few times with these two shooting. They both lead there teams in shot attempts with an average of 14 shot attempts per game. Marcus is coming off the most impressive opening performance ever by a Flyer freshman and will try to match or better his performance in that game. Steven loves to shoot and will pull from anywhere on the court inside of 30 feet from the hoop. Marcus like Monty must pick Steven up early and apply defensive pressure from the very beginning. This could be the best match up of the night and could also be the determining factor in the outcome of the game.
Edge: Marcus Johnson

Point Guard: Brian Roberts (29PPG) / Austin Ewing (9.7PPG)
This is again the most lopsided match up for the second straight game. Brian Roberts pumped in 29 points in the season opener hitting shots from everywhere. What was most impressive in the game for Brian was that he scored 29 on just 12 shots from the field. Brian was also perfect from the line going 9 for 9. Ewing has done a nice job so far averaging 9.7 points a game. The quick point guard is also perfect from the free throw line going 6 for 6 so far this season. Dayton Insider just feels that Brian Roberts is way too much for Austin Ewing to handle and he will be the focus of the whole team. If the Aggies as a unit cannot find a way to slow Brian Roberts down this game could get out of hand.
Edge: Brian Roberts

Bench: Flyers / Aggies
Even though the Dayton Flyers still have a small bench in numbers we expect them to dominate the bench of the Aggies. Nick Stafford was a nice surprise for Flyer fans crashing the offensive glass and collecting 3 offensive rebounds in the process. He also added 5 points and played great defense in just over 15 minutes of play. Jimmie Binnie had one of his worst days as a Dayton Flyer and again we expect him to fully bounce back and contribute for the Flyers bench. Freshman London Warren took the Austin Peay game to another level when he entered the game early in the first half. He loves to cause havoc and will try to do the same to North Carolina A&T. The Aggies go 10 deep and so far this year the bench is scoring 21.6 points a game.
Edge: Dayton Flyers

Final Outcome
The Flyers looked really good in there last game against APSU. Will they be able to dominate the perimeter like in the season opener? Dayton Insider feels that the match up to be won will be at the shooting guard spot. You can also look for the Flyers to go small ball a lot and let Charles or Nick defend Jason Wills instead of putting all the pressure on freshman Kurt Huelsman to stop him. North Carolina A&T swarm the ball all over the floor. If Dayton can handle the initial pressure they should get really good looks at the basket and make them pay for taking chances.
Dayton Flyers 76 – North Carolina A&T 61

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