Saint Joseph’s finally picked up its first Atlantic 10 win of the season on Saturday—it will be looking for its second when it hosts Dayton on Wednesday night. The Flyers bounced back from a pair of losses with a 76-53 win over Saint Louis. These teams were originally scheduled to play on Feb. 13, but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Hawks’ program.
Flyers struggling with consistencyDayton has struggled with consistency throughout the season. The Flyers have shown flashes of being one of the best teams in the Atlantic 10, as evidenced by a stretch in which they won five out of six games in January. They picked up wins over Davidson, Saint Louis and Rhode Island during the hot stretch. However, they went on to lose three of their next four games. They bounced back with a 76-53 blowout win against Saint Louis, despite being 5.5-point underdogs. Dayton has shot the ball very well this season, listed at No. 25 in effective field goal percentage (55.2).
Thank You, Seniors ✈️🏀 pic.twitter.com/3FimQYv6J0— Dayton Basketball (@DaytonMBB) February 23, 2021
The Flyers have not done a good job of taking care of the ball, though, and they have also failed to have much success on the offensive glass. They will be facing a Saint Joseph’s defense that has been atrocious, listed outside the top 240 in all four of KenPom’s key metrics. Senior guard Jalen Crutcher leads Dayton with 18.9 points and 4.9 assists per game. He had 19 points, six assists and five rebounds in Friday’s win over Saint Louis. Senior guard Ibi Watson is scoring 15.7 points and has scored at least 14 in each of his last four games. Freshman forward Mustapha Amzil is adding 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Hawks happy to have Daly backSaint Joseph’s finally picked up its first Atlantic 10 win of the season over the weekend. The Hawks had lost their previous nine conference outings and their only win of the year had come over Albany in early January. They had been without senior guard Ryan Daly since December, though. He led the conference in scoring with 20 points per game last season and poured in 30 points in his return to the court on Saturday. He will be a huge boost to a Saint Joseph’s offense that is No. 217 in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency ratings.
Posting just the fourth tripe-double in Hawk history, Saint Joseph's @jordanhall31 has been named Big 5 Player of the Week for his 22-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist performance in Saturday's win over La Salle. #THWND | #theSTORY pic.twitter.com/obrnTJAa5u— SJU Hawks MBB (@SJUHawks_MBB) February 22, 2021
The Hawks have been awful from beyond the arc, knocking down just 30.4 percent of their attempts. They are facing a Dayton defense that has been average, listed at No. 77 nationally in efficiency. Daly is Saint Joseph’s leading scorer with 19.3 points, but he has only played in six games. Junior guard Taylor Funk is averaging 16.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. He had 20 points in Saturday’s win. Sophomore guard Jack Forrest was scoring 11.2 points per game, but he has been out since late January with a leg injury. Forrest is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s tilt.
- 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games vs. Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's is:
- 6-0 ATS in its last six home games vs. Dayton
- 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games vs. Dayton