Connecticut vs. Dayton - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dayton Flyers (2-0) at Connecticut Huskies (2-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dayton Flyers and Connecticut Huskies play Friday afternoon at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
The Dayton Flyers improved to 2-0 on the season with a last-second win over Texas A&M on Wednesday. Dyshawn Pierre has been the consistent offensive spark for Dayton by shooting 10-13 from the field in the first two games, and Kyle Davis has 23 points and six assists in his first two games. Devon Scott has 16 rebounds on the season and Jordan Sibert has scored nine points in each of the first two contests. Of course, the Dayton Flyers showed what they are capable of doing last season and return much of that team, but a sloppy performance Thursday that included 36.5 percent shooting and 17 turnovers has to improve if they’re going to knock off the defending champs. Dayton’s defense, however, has been impressive, holding both of its opponents to 53 or less points.
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The Connecticut Huskies also improve to 2-0 with their Thursday victory over College of Charleston. Ryan Boatright has 43 points and 10 assists in his first two games as the Huskies go-to guy, and Daniel Hamilton is 4-7 from downtown. Amida Brimah has nine rebounds and six blocks, while Rodney Purvis had nine points and two assists in his first game as a UConn player. The Connecticut Huskies were also a little shaky in their first game in Puerto Rico, shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from downtown. Those numbers will improve throughout the season, but UConn has produced eight steals and seven blocks in the first two games, which has to make coach Kevin Ollie prod early on. Omar Calhoun remains questionable with a knee injury.
The Flyers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Huskies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Dayton hasn't looked like itself at all, while UConn has the better players and more offensive firepower. Give me the Huskies and the chalk.