Dayton comes to town for Senior Night
By: Zuri Lawrence
The Colonials men are home for the last time this season with an A-10 matchup against top ranked Dayton. GW (17-13, A-10 9-8) is currently sixth in the A-10 standing so this game is a much needed win going in to tournament time and with a one-point win over Fordham on Wednesday will have to keep the fire burning to beat the top ranked team in the A-10. With the game beginning with a sendoff for seniors Tyler Cavanaugh and Matt Hart, the team has an incentive to end their regular season with an impressive win.
The Flyers (24-5, A-10 15-2) come in at the top, riding a nine-game win streak, their last loss coming in January to VCU (73-68). Dayton has already punched a ticket to the NCAA tournament later this month and a win to end the season would only cement them as the dominant A-10 team – if the point was not already made. Just looking at the offensive stats, the team does not come across as overbearing, shooting 47 percent from the field, 38 percent from beyond the arch and 70 percent from the line – the defense is what makes a statement. The team averages 4 blocks and 8 steals a game, which makes them a major threat in transition points, which has proven to be a spot of improvement for the Colonials. Even though the Flyers have secured a tournament appearance, expect them to bring both dimensions to the game to prove that they deserve their ticket.
The Colonials are coming off their fourth consecutive win out of their last five games, in which Cavanaugh has played a huge role in all of their wins. Cavanaugh has continued scoring double digits in the team’s recent wins but his free throws are what have been the deciding factor – he scored three free throws with .9 seconds left of game play to put the Colonials up by one on Wednesday. Hopefully Cavanaugh will bring his free throw shooting and Matt Hart will bring his NBA three-point shooting range; other players to watch will be Patrick Steeves and Yuta Watanabe. Steeves has been playing more in recent games and showing how aggressive he can be in paint while Yuta has been shooting well from everywhere on the court and forcing turnovers on defense. If GW brings out their transition defense and moves quickly on offense, they could come out with a win in this underdog game.
Prediction: GW – 77 Dayton – 75