Rhode Island, Dayton Meet Saturday Evening on CBSSN

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

THE BASICS
Dayton at Rhode Island
Tip-Off: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4:05 p.m. EST
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Game Notes 

RHODE ISLAND VS. DAYTON - SERIES NOTES

  • Saturday's game will be the 35th meeting between Rhode Island and Dayton.
  • Dayton leads the series, 18-16.
  • Rhode Island won both meetings last season, winning on the road, 88-74, on Jan. 20, 2018 and then beating the Flyers, 81-56 in the Ryan Center on Feb. 23. 
  • During the 2017-18 season, it was Dayton winning both times the teams met.
  • Rhode Island is 9-5 all time at home against the Flyers.
  • Dayton comes into the game as the top scoring offense in the Atlantic 10, averaging 73.9 points per game.
  • The Flyers are the best shooting team in the league. They are shooting .498 from the floor as a team, with most of the offense coming inside the 3-point arc.
  • The Flyers move the ball very well, averaging a league-best 16.7 assists per game. 
  • Their offense is very balanced. Despite being the highest-scoring offense in the A-10, Dayton's leading scorer, John Cunningham, is 13th in the conference at 14.1 points per game. Obi Toppin is 19th at 13.3 points per game, and Jalen Crutcher is 21st with 13.0. Jordan Davis is the fourth double-digit scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game.

LANGEVINE NOTCHES 11th DOUBLE-DOUBLE

  • Junior Cyril Langevine recorded his 11th double-double of the season last time out at Davidson, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He is tied for 16th in the nation in double-doubles. 
  • It is the most double-doubles by a Rhode Island player since Lamar Odom had 19 in 1998-99.
  • He is averaging 14.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He is trying to become the first URI player to average a double-double for an entire season in 28 years. 
  • The last Rhody player to do so was Kenny Green, who had 17.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 1989-90.
  • Green also is the last Ram to average more than 10 rebounds per game in a season.
  • Langevine has a chance to become just the seventh player in Rhode Island history to record 300 rebounds in one season. 
  • He needs 83 rebounds to reach 300 for the season. With eight regular season games plus at least one Atlantic 10 tournament game remaining, he needs to average 9.2 boards per game the rest of the way to reach the mark.
  • The last Rhode Island player with 300 rebounds in one season was Lamar Odom, who had 302 in 1998-99. That was Odom's lone season with the Rams.
  • Langevine has 10+ rebounds 12 times this season.
  • His 11 double-doubles nearly double his career total entering the season. He had six total in his first two years.
  • Langevine is 11th nationally with 3.55 offensive rebounds per game, and 22nd in total rebounding at 9.9.

THOMPSON HAS POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE FLOOR

  • Redshirt junior Christion Thompson does a lot of little things well for Rhode Island, which is how he has a +4.68 per 40 minutes, which ranks second on the team behind junior Jeff Dowtin (+4.69)
  • Thompson is tied for second on the team in 3-point baskets (23) and blocked shots (14).
  • He is third on the team in steals (30), rebounding (4.0 per game) and assists (1.3 per game).
  • While Thompson is not a primary scorer for the Rams, Rhode Island is 6-2 when he scores at least eight points.