HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – In a battle of unbeatens, the 5-0 Dayton Flyers will clash with the Marquette Golden Eagles to see who can fly the highest in the final game of the Chicago Invitational Tournament on Saturday night. The teams will play for the unofficial championship at 7 PM at the Sears Centre.
The Flyers are coming off a brutal victory over Auburn – a game in which the teams shot a combined 30.7 percent from the field. Dayton had 60 rebounds in the game, partly due to the horrendous shooting by both sides. They showed that they aren't very adept from three, as they failed to make a three in 24 attempts.
Chris Wright – Injured for most of last season, Wright has been a force on the boards for the Flyers. His 14 rebounds in the win over Auburn was a career high, and he came into the game averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. He's also Dayton's leading scorer at 14.2 points per game. The long, athletic swingman will likely draw the assignment of guarding Wesley Matthews.
Charles Little – Little is another forward who had a nice game on the boards, as he grabbed nine against Auburn. The 6'6'' senior is averaging 6.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. Look for him to guard Lazar Hayward Saturday night.
Kurt Huelsman – Huelsman will play center Saturday night. The 6'10'' junior draws comparisons to Dwight Burke in the scoring department at 3.3 points per game. He brings some muscle, and it will be up to the bigs of MU to keep him off the boards.
London Warren – The Flyers point guard is hard to miss with his dreadlocks bouncing as he runs with the ball. The bouncing is frequent because Warren looks to push the ball up the court at every opportunity. He's had some foul trouble before, which will make backup guards like Stephen Thomas and others more important to this team's success.
Marcus Johnson – Johnson is the shooting guard for the Flyers, and he loves to shoot. He's taken 10 or more shot attempts in three games. Not just a gunner, the junior guard has connected on 46 percent of his shots this year. Look for Jerel McNeal to shut down Johnson with his tenacious defense.
After watching the trouble that Dayton had against Auburn, Marquette should jump all over this team. The Golden Eagles are riding momentum from a 73-43 victory over Northern Iowa. Prediction: 78-62 MU victory.