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Dayton Flyers vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick & Prediction NOV 25TH 2021

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795Flyers Dayton
796Hurricanes Miami
OP
138
-4.5
CU
136.5o -105
-6 -110
ML
ML: 200
ML: -240
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36 40 0 0
25 35 0 0
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Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant will be back in his home state of Florida for Thanksgiving. But he isn't there for the feast.

And even though the Flyers (1-3) will be in Kissimmee, near Orlando and Disney World, they aren't there for the attractions.

Dayton will have its hands full Thursday in a noon game against the Miami Hurricanes (3-1) on a neutral-site floor at the ESPN Events Invitational, as the Flyers try to respond to a rough start to the season. They are mired in a three-game losing streak, falling to Massachusetts-Lowell, Lipscomb and Austin Peay -- and all three of those losses came at home.

"This team is full of potential," said Grant, a Miami native. "But potential can be a dirty word because it means you haven't done it.

"At some point, you have to change from a bunch of guys who have potential to being guys who understand what it takes to win in college basketball."

Dayton's statistical leader is 6-8 forward Toumani Camara, a transfer who played his first two years at Georgia. He is the only Dayton player scoring in double figures (11.0 points a game), and leads the team in rebounds, too (7.3).

Guard Elijah Weaver, who is in his second season at Dayton after playing two years at Southern Cal, is the team's second-leading scorer (9.3).

The rest of the Flyers are in their first or second year of college basketball.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are off to a good start, although the schedule has been soft relative to what they will see in the ACC.

Last week, the Canes beat needed a last-second layup by Isaiah Wong to beat Florida Atlantic, 68-66, and then responded by handling Florida A&M, 86-59. Their only loss was by six points to Central Florida.

Against FAMU on Sunday, Miami point guard Charlie Moore scored a season-high 20 points.

"I like that Charlie took control of our team early," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "He really quarterbacked us."

Miami is a perimeter-based team as Kameron McGusty leads the Canes in scoring (19.0) and rebounds (6.3). Wong is second in scoring (16.0). Moore is averaging 11.3 points and leads Miami in assists (3.0) and steals (1.8).

Reserve forward Anthony Walker leads Miami's frontcourt scorers with 10.3 points while averaging 21.5 minutes.

Only Wong, who is shooting 53.2 percent, is above 47 percent among Miami's top four scorers. As a team, Miami is shooting just 28.8 percent on 3-pointers while its opponents are making 32.5 percent. Miami also has been vulnerable on the boards.

Yet, Miami has thrived by getting to the foul line and converting on 74.2 percent. On average, the Canes are making eight more free throws per game than their opponents ... and their average margin is 8.2 points.

The Hurricanes are much more experienced than Dayton. Of Miami's top six players in minutes played this season, all of them are in at least their third year of college basketball, and two -- McGusty and Moore -- are in their sixth year.

--Field Level Media

Dayton Flyers vs. Miami Hurricanes Recap NOV 25TH 2021

DaRon Holmes II scored a game-high 15 points, leading Dayton to a 76-60 win over Miami in the first round of the eight-team ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday afternoon at Kissimmee, Fla.

Dayton (2-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak, also got 14 points each from Malachi Smith and Elijah Weaver.

Smith, who also had a game-high seven assists, shot 6-of-7 from the floor. Weaver and Holmes each shot 5-of-6.

For the game, Dayton shot 58.7 percent, including 11-of-19 from the 3-point line.

Miami (3-2), slowed by Dayton's pressure defense, shot just 38.3 percent from the floor, including 4-of-20 on 3-pointers (20.0 percent).

The Hurricanes' top three scorers -- Isaiah Wong, Kameron McGusty and Charlie Moore -- all struggled. They entered Wednesday combining to average 46 points per game.

Against Dayton, however, Moore was held to two points on 1-for-7 shooting. McGusty had just eight points on 2-for-7 shooting. And Wong managed a team-high 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Combined, they made 1-of-8 from distance.

Early on, however, the Hurricanes led by as many as four points. But with Miami on top 13-11 and 12:46 left in the first half, the Canes missed their next nine shots, and Dayton went on a 9-0 run.

The Flyers increased their lead to 13 points and settled for a 36-25 lead at halftime.

Miami shot just 30 percent from the floor in the first half, including 1-for-11 on 3-pointers (9.1 percent). Dayton shot 53.8 percent, including 4-for-9 on 3-pointers (44.4 percent).

Holmes, who shot 4-for-4 from the floor, led all first-half scorers with 12 points.

Miami's aforementioned top three scorers all struggled shooting from the floor in the first half as Moore went 0-for-5, Wong shot 1-for-4, and McGusty was 1-for-6.

The Hurricanes started the second half with a quick 6-0 run, getting a Rodney Miller post-up, a McGusty steal and layup and a Wong jumper in 35 seconds, cutting Miami's deficit to 36-31.

But Dayton coach Anthony Grant -- a Miami native -- called timeout, and the Flyers responded with a 10-0 run for a 46-31 lead.

The Flyers cruised from there.

--Field Level Media

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