Rhode Island vs. Dayton A-10 Tournament - 3/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dayton Flyers (24-7) at Rhode Island Rams (22-8)
College Basketball: Saturay, March 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Rhode Island Rams +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS SN
The Rhode Island Rams and the Dayton Flyers face off on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in an A-10 college basketball tournament semi-final.
The Rhode Island Rams are 22-8 this season and they advanced to this game with a win over George Washington on Friday. URI is averaging 67.4 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.4 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. E.C. Mathews leads the Rams averaging 16.6 points per game. Hassan Martin is averaging 11.9 points and 7.7 rebounds, Jared Terrell is averaging 9.2 points, and Gilvydas Biruta is averaging 8.1 points. Rhode Island is 2-2 in neutral site games and 14-5 in the A-10.
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The Dayton Flyers are 24-7 this season and they are coming off of a win over St. Bonaventure on Friday to advance to this game. Dayton is averaging 68.7 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Jordan Sibert leads the Flyers averaging 16.7 points per game. Kendall Pollard is averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds, Dyshawn Pierre is averaging 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Scoochie Smith is averaging 8.6 points. Dayton is 3-1 in neutral site games and 14-5 in A-10 games.
Rhode Island is 5-0 in Saturday games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Dayton is 10-3 against the spread in neutral site games and 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Dayton is favored by two here and I see them covering it and heading back to the NCAA Tournament.