Dayton vs. VCU - 3/15/15 Atlantic 10 Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Commonwealth Rams (24-9) at Dayton
College Basketball: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: VCU PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The VCU Rams and Dayton Flyers play Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The VCU Rams look for a fifth straight win after beating Davidson on Saturday. On the season, VCU is averaging 72.5 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 12.5 points and 1.8 assists. JeQuan Lewis is dishing 2.6 assists and Mo Alie-Cox is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The VCU Rams have five players averaging at least 6.5 points, and they’re shooting 64.9 percent from the line and 33.6 percent from deep. Defensively, VCU is allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last seven games.
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The Dayton Flyers need one more win after beating Rhode Island on Saturday. On the season, Dayton is averaging 68.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Jordan Sibert is averaging 16.7 points and 1.9 assists while Kendall Pollard is averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. Dyshawn Pierre is the third double-digit scorer and Scoochie Smith is dishing 3.9 assists. The Dayton Flyers have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 67.9 percent from the line and 36 percent from deep. Defensively, Dayton is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last six games.
The Rams are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Flyers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games.
In a pick em game, I'm siding with the better defensive team in VCU. The Rams usually turn things up this time of the season, and I have a little more trust in them.