Akron vs Dayton Preview and Prediction
Akron vs Dayton Preview
To say the Dayton Flyers have dominated the Akron Zips over the course of history would be an understatement. The Flyers hold an 11-2 series advantage including 11 straight victories–the most recent coming in 2010.
Dayton is 2-0 against the Mid-American Conference this season and has won nine straight games vs. MAC teams.
Dayton lost 75-67 to Old Dominion in the fifth-place game at the Charleston Classic on Sunday. Akron beat Tennessee-Martin 76-59 on Saturday.
The Zips have had a very light schedule to start the season, playing only four games in November. They played strong defense in both wins this season which included a 67-57 victory against Cleveland State in their season opener. Akron is currently ranked 169th overall in KenPoms College Basketball Rankings. They have scored 67 and 76 points respectively through their first two games.
John Groce is in his first season as Akron’s head coach after five seasons at Illinois. Dayton assistant coach Darren Hertz was on Groce’s staff the last two seasons.
Inconsistencies have plagued Dayton to start the season, and while this team is talented they will not be as strong as last year’s 24-8 record. They are currently ranked 116th overall in KenPoms College Basketball Rankings. Dayton is averaging 73 points per game, ranking them 225th in the Country. They are conceding an average of 72 points, positioning them 186th overall.
Flyers’ leading scorer Darrell Davis was a bright spot in the loss, collecting a season-high 27 points on a 7 for 14 clip from three-point territory. The senior guard has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games and is averaging 22 points per game. Josh Cunningham chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds in the loss to Old Dominion. The 6-foot-7 junior forward features a terrific 63% field goal percentage, and is second in team scoring with an average of 15 points to go with 8.8 rebounds.
If Dayton continues its inconsistent string of games, they should win this one. It’s a little difficult to analyze Akron so far this season after only two games played, but they looked mediocre against a bad Cleveland State squad.
That being said, if Darrell Davis can continue his hot-scoring ways, I expect the Flyers to come out on top.
Dayton 74 Akron 68