Oklahoma vs. Dayton - NCAA Tournament - 3/22/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dayton Flyers (27-8) at Oklahoma Sooners (23-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:10 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -4.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT HD
The Dayton Flyers and Oklahoma Sooners will battle at Nationwide Arena this Sunday night in the 3rd round of the NCAA Tournament.
The (11) Dayton Flyers (27-8, 13-5 A-10) used a big second half to defeat the (6) Providence Friars 66-53 this past Friday night. Dayton was able to shoot 42.9% from the field and forced Providence into committing 16 turnovers. Leading the way for the Flyers was Dyshawn Pierre who had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Dayton was ranked 32nd in the RPI Standings and played the 113th ranked SOS. On the season, the Flyers have been led by Jordan Sibert (16.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg) and Dyshawn Pierre (12.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.9 apg). Dayton is averaging 67.9 ppg (ranked 162nd) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 50th).The Flyers average 6.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 158th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.2 (ranked 68th). Defensively, Dayton is holding their opponents to 60.7 ppg (ranked 41st) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 118th). The Flyers average 6.9 spg (ranked 92nd) and have a turnover margin of 2.0 (ranked 48th).
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The (3) Oklahoma Sooners (23-10, 12-6 Big 12) were able to get back a pesky (14) Albany Great Danes team by a 69-60 margin this past Friday night. The Sooners shot 43.9% from the field and outrebounded the Great Danes by a 40-34 margin. Leading the way for Oklahoma was TaShawn Thomas who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The Sooners were ranked 18th in the RPI Standings and played the 17th ranked SOS. On the season, Oklahoma has been led by Buddy Hield (17.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg) and Isaiah Cousins (12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg). Oklahoma averages 71.9 ppg (ranked 61st) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 163rd). The Sooners average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 125th) and commit 12.1 turnovers per game (ranked 134th). Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg (ranked 78th) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 13th). The Sooners average 5.0 bpg (ranked 25th) and pull down 38.09 total rpg (ranked 22nd).
The Flyers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 neutral site games. The Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
The Dayton Flyers are once again making a run in the NCAA Tournament behind a strong defensive that is only allowing 54.0 ppg in the NCAA Tournament .Oklahoma was finally able to get past the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament and will look to continue to display a well-balanced offense and defense to advance to the sweet 16. Dayton has been on a roll in the NCAA Tournament however the Flyers lack overall depth which I feel is going to catch up to them in this contest. I think Oklahoma, led by Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins, will be able to pull away from the Flyers in the second half of this one and cover this spread. Take Oklahoma to cover.