Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center
3 p.m., TV - FSN
Season to Date: After an early slip-up at SMU, Dayton rolled off eight straight wins until Pittsburgh put an end to the streak last Saturday. The Flyers' eight-game stretch included an impressive win over Louisville. Against then-No. 7 Pittsburgh, the Panthers made twice as many field goals as the Flyers and grabbed twice as many rebounds. The result? An 84-54 final score.
Go-To Scorer: The only Flyer averaging double-digit points is junior guard Brian Roberts. Quick and athletic, he excels at creating his own shot. Roberts leads UD in scoring (17.3 ppg), outside shooting (44% 3pt), free-throw shooting (89% FT), assists (3.7 apg), steals (1.3 spg) and minutes played (35.0).
Slow Down: Expect Dayton to be yet another team that tries to slow down the pace against the up-tempo Tar Heels. Opponents are averaging 59.2 points against the Flyers and shooting just 40.5 percent (and it was at 37.9% prior to the Pittsburgh game). In fact, Pittsburgh is the only opponent in December that has scored more than 55 points against the Flyers.
Youthful: There is only one senior on the Dayton roster, starting forward Monty Scott. The Flyers' nine-man rotation includes four juniors, a sophomore and three freshmen.
Series History: Dayton and North Carolina have only met once before -- in the 1967 Final Four. The Flyers won that game, 76-62. From 1950-69, Dayton won more games than any other college basketball program in the nation, according to the UD sports information department.
Background Location: Dayton, Ohio Enrollment: 6,800 Conference: Atlantic 10 Nickname: Flyers Colors: Red & Blue Head Coach: Brian Gregory Record at UD: 66-39 (4th year) Last Year: 14-17 (6-10)
Projected Starters: 2 Brian Roberts (6-2, 185, Jr.) – 17.3 ppg, 3.7 apg 32 Marcus Johnson (6-3, 186, Fr.) - 8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg 1 Monty Scott (6-6, 230, Sr.) – 9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg 15 Charles Little (6-6, 244, So.) – 9.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg 41 Kurt Huelsman (6-10, 232, Fr.) – 4.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg Key Reserves: 21 Norman Plummer (6-7, 238, Jr.) – 9.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg 3 Andres Sandoval (6-4, 205, Jr.) – 4.0 ppg 33 Jimmy Binnie (6-7, 210, Jr.) – 3.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg 14 London Warren (6-0, 176, Fr.) – 1.8 ppg, 2.3 apg
Roberts ....... Little
Scott ....... Plummer
Huelsman ....... Gregory
(Photos courtesy AP)