Men's College Basketball
Preview
Southern Methodist at Dayton
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2020
Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio

SMU and Dayton both look to remain undefeated when they meet in a nonconference game on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio.

The Mustangs (3-0) have opened their season by overwhelming teams from the Southland Conference, defeating Sam Houston State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist by an average of 31.3 points.

After a sluggish first half against Houston Baptist on Wednesday, the Mustangs outscored the Huskies 53-31 in the second half to cruise to a 102-75 win. Kendric Davis and Ethan Chargois each scored a game-high 20 points, with Chargois adding nine rebounds. Feron Hunt posted 18 points and 11 rebounds, with Darius McNeill, who sat out last season after transferring from California, adding 13 points.

"It gave me like my old self back," McNeill told The Dallas Morning News. "Like the Darius McNeill that was in the Pac-12, my game, a little flashback, that's what it gave me. It just helped me know that I can get my groove back slowly."

SMU has high expectations this season. The Mustangs were 19-11 overall and 9-9 in the American Athletic Conference and a contender to make the NCAA Tournament last year before it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dayton (1-0) has won 21 straight games, which includes the past 20 games of last season, making it the third-longest winning streak in school history The Flyers were 29-2 last season, including 18-0 in Atlantic 10 play.

Playing its first game without Obi Toppin, who won the Wooden Award as the most outstanding college basketball player in the U.S. last year, Dayton had a much tougher time in its opener this past Tuesday.

A 66-63 victory wasn't secured until Eastern Illinois' Josiah Wallace missed a game-tying 3-pointer attempt in the final seconds.

Toppin, who was selected eighth overall by the New York Knicks in last month's NBA draft, was the only player in the country last year who averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 63.3 percent from the field, which was the highest field-goal percentage of any Division I player who averaged 20 points a game in the past five seasons.

Dayton also lost guard Trey Landers, who averaged 10.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and has since signed with a professional team in Germany.

The Flyers filled the void left by Toppin and Landers by using a balanced offense, which will likely be the key to Dayton making a run at the NCAA Tournament.

Ibi Watson scored a game-high 16 points and collected six rebounds to lead four Flyers who finished in double digits. Chase Johnson finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, Jalen Crutcher scored 13 points with a game-high six assists and Jordy Tshimanga adding 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Dayton's previous games against Bellarmine and Alcorn State, as well as this Tuesday's game against Purdue-Fort Wayne, were canceled due to COVID-19 issues.

"It's been a long wait for our guys," Dayton coach Anthony Grant told the Dayton Daily News. "I know they were excited. We're grateful Eastern Illinois was able to make this happen on such short notice. We're happy to get one under our belt. We had spurts where we played well and spurts where we showed we have a lot to prove."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Southern Methodist 3-0 W3 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 0-0
Dayton 1-0 W1 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Southern Methodist Dayton
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/24/07 SMU 57 DAY 82 57 26 40.4 82 38 53.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Southern Methodist M. Walker 16 50.0 2
Dayton B. Roberts 24 83.3 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Southern Methodist P. Dia 7 1 6
Dayton J. Binnie 6 2 4
Assists Player  
Southern Methodist J. Killen 5
Dayton B. Roberts 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Southern Methodist K. Davis 64 52.4 15
Dayton I. Watson 16 54.5 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Southern Methodist F. Hunt 25 5 20
Dayton J. Tshimanga 8 1 7
Assists Player  
Southern Methodist K. Davis 29
Dayton J. Crutcher 6
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Southern Methodist Off vs  red bar Dayton Defense
blue bar 96.7 Points For
red bar 63.0 Points Against
blue bar 51.0 FG%
red bar 42.6 FG%
blue bar 41.7 Reb
red bar 32.0 Reb
red bar Dayton Off vs  blue bar Southern Methodist Defense
red bar 66.0 Points For
blue bar 65.3 Points Against
red bar 51.1 FG%
blue bar 36.1 FG%
red bar 29.0 Reb
blue bar 25.0 Reb