Alabama Basketball Preview - Alabama at Dayton
Alabama (7-1) at Dayton (5-3)
Dec. 7 | 6 p.m. CST
Dayton, Ohio | UD Arena
Dec. 6, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's basketball team plays its first true road game of the season Wednesday evening when it visits head coach Anthony Grant's alma mater, Dayton. Tipoff between the No. 16/15 Crimson Tide and the Flyers is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST and will be broadcast on radio via the affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
The Tide will be looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, a 57-55 setback to Georgetown on a last-second shot. UA is 7-1 this season and 3-0 away from home with all three wins coming during its Puerto Rico Tip Off championship run.
Dayton is 5-3, but coming off back-to-back losses to Buffalo and Murray State. Earlier in the season the Flyers won the Old Spice Classic with consecutive wins over Wake Forest, Fairfield and Minnesota.
"They've a very talented team," Grant said of Dayton. "They have good depth and seem to shoot the ball well. They ended up winning the tournament in Orlando [Old Spice Classic] by beating some quality opponents at a neutral site. The key for us starts on the defensive end. You've got to be able to keep them out of transition and guard the three-point line."
That defense has retained its status as one of the top in the nation by allowing just 53.1 points per game this season, the seventh best average in the nation. Only two of UA's opponents have even reached the 60-point mark this season and three have failed to score 50 points. The eight opponents have converted on just 33.3 percent of their field goal attempts, the fifth lowest average in the nation.
The Flyers are averaging 70.4 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 51.1 percent from inside the arc. The team averages 23.8 three-point attempts per game. Dayton is paced by four players in double-figures with Kevin Dillard's 12.4 points and 5.1 assists per game leading the way.
In addition to being a homecoming for Anthony Grant, UA associate head coach Dan Hipsher was an assistant at Dayton from 1981-89 during which time he coached Grant. Wednesday's game is the second between the two programs and Alabama's second trip to UD Arena. The Tide defeated the Flyers, 77-76, on Dec. 23, 1972, as part of the Dayton Holiday Tournament.
Following the contest at Dayton, the Tide will return home to face Detroit on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Coleman Coliseum for a 5 p.m. CST game.