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La Salle-Dayton, Temple-UConn, Villanova-Seton Hall previews

Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:24 PM

Dayton's Josh Cunningham (0) leads the Atlantic Ten in field-goal percentage.

Dayton (13-15, 7-9 Atlantic Ten) at La Salle (12-17, 6-10)

Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Tom Gola Arena

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: None

Livestream: Atlantic10.com; https://portal.stretchinternet.com/lasalle/# or Tune-In radio app.

Coaches: John Giannini, 14th season at La Salle (211-224, 504-373 overall); Anthony Grant, 1st season at Dayton (13-15, 206-125 overall)

Series: Dayton leads, 28-16.

Last meeting: The Explorers traveled to Dayton for their 2016-17 Atlantic Ten opener on Dec. 30, 2016 and lost, 66-55, despite 23 points from Pookie Powell.

The latest: The Explorers picked up their first conference road win Saturday, with four players finishing in double figures in a 73-60 win at Fordham. … They have not won back-to-back games since starting this season 3-0. … Fifth-year senior Tony Washington, one of four La Salle players competing for the final time at the Gola, has two double-doubles in his last three games. … Dayton dropped to 1-9 on the road this season after an 81-56 loss last Friday at No. 18 Rhode Island. … The Flyers rank second in the A-10 in field goal percentage at 48.3 percent. … Redshirt junior forward Josh Cunningham leads the conference and is seventh in NCAA Division I in field-goal shooting at 64.9 percent.

Temple (16-12, 8-8 American Athletic Conference) at Connecticut (13-16, 6-10)

Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 1210 WPHT-AM

Livestream: CBSSports.com; TuneIn.com

Coaches: Fran Dunphy, 12th season at Temple (246-148, 556-311 overall); Kevin Ollie, 6th season at Connecticut (126-77).

Series: Connecticut leads, 9-8.

Last meeting: The Owls placed four players in double figures and held a 23-4 advantage in points off turnovers in their 85-57 win over UConn on Jan. 28 at Liacouras Center.

The latest: Temple is coming off a 75-56 victory at home Sunday over Central Florida. Guard Quinton Rose led the Owls with 19 points, his eighth straight double-figure game, and leads the team in scoring with a 15.0-point average. … Freshman J.P. Moorman grabbed 10 rebounds against UCF, the first Temple freshman in 15 years to have multiple games of 10 or more boards. … It has been a tough year for Ollie, the former 76er, who saw the Huskies go down by 23 points Sunday at home to Memphis and rally but fall short in an 83-79 defeat, their ninth loss in the last 12 games. … Guard Jaylen Adams averages a team-high 18.1 points.

No. 3 Villanova (25-4, 12-4 Big East) at Seton Hall (20-9, 9-7)

Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., at Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

TV: FoxSports1

Radio: 610 WIP-AM

Livestream: FoxSportsGo; Villanova.com/TuneIn, TuneIn Radio app

Coaches: Jay Wright, 17th season at Villanova (411-165, 533-250 overall); Kevin Willard, 8th season at Seton Hall (148-111, 193-160 overall).

Series: Villanova leads, 72-40.

Last meeting: Omari Spellman drilled six three-pointers, scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Wildcats broke open a close game in the last eight minutes and won, 92-76, on Super Bowl Sunday at Wells Fargo Center.

The latest: Since starting the season with a 22-1 mark, the Wildcats have gone 3-3, including Saturday’s 89-83 overtime loss at Creighton. … Their 41.1 percent shooting against the Bluejays was their lowest in a Big East game this season. … Seton Hall won games last week at Providence and at St. John’s, claiming an 81-74 overtime win over the Red Storm on Saturday at Madison Square Garden behind 22 points from point guard Khadeen Carrington. … Desi Rodriguez, the Pirates’ leading scorer, sat out Saturday’s game with a sprained ankle and is questionable for Wednesday.

Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER

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