Detroit vs Dayton Preview and Prediction
Detroit vs Dayton Preview
Their records may not reflect it–but tonight’s matchup between Detroit Mercy (3-5) and the Dayton Flyers (4-3) is one that is circled on my calendar.
Well, that’s true anytime I can see Detroit freshman Antoine Davis play.
Walker is playing at Detroit solely because of his dad. Originally set to play for Davis at Texas Southern before he was fired, Davis committed to the University of Houston afterwards, but de-committed even before his dad’s hiring at Detroit was official (almost like he had inside sources, huh).
And he is lighting up the college basketball world, completely under the radar.
In eight games this season, Davis is second in the nation in scoring averaging 29.6 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds.
I recently attended the AdvoCare Invitational and had the chance to chat with a couple NBA scouts. All three of them were there focusing on NBA prospects from Villanova, LSU, Florida State and more–but they were all talking about Antoine Davis. None had been to a Detroit game yet, but have been to multiple practices–they were believers, although they did tell me they want to see him add some muscle to his frame and want to see him against better competition.
The Dayton Flyers are a step up from what Davis has seen.
Maybe not the same Flyers program that made four straight runs to the NCAA Tournament from 2014-17, but a well-rounded team nonetheless.
Dayton started the season 3-0 before the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament which saw them face Butler, No.4 Virginia, Oklahoma and No.25 Mississippi State. They managed to beat Butler 69-64, but lost the final three by an average of 8 points per game–so they were well-contested battles.
Jalen Crutcher was Dayton’s top performer at the Battle 4 Atlantis, reaching double figures all three games, and averaging 15.0 points and 5.2 assists per contest. He scored 20 in the Butler win, and has 72 points in his last five games. He scored 18 in the first two games of the season. He has made 16-of-33 three-point field goals (48 percent) after missing his first six three-pointers of the season.
Josh Cunningham is another Flyer to watch tonight. After missing the first two games of the season, he leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg). He was selected to the 2018 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference First Team after leading Dayton in scoring (15.6), rebounding (8.4) and FG percentage (65 percent) last year.
LINE: -15 Dayton
Detroit Mercy will have the best player on the floor tonight, but that doesn’t automatically translate to a win. The Flyers are difficult to beat at home and will be ready to bounce-back after a three-game slide.
Antoine Davis will light it up, but it will be in a losing effort.
Dayton 76 Detroit 61