Dayton vs. VCU - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
VCU Rams (11-6) at Dayton Flyers (8-8)
College Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (UD Arena)
The Line: Dayton Flyers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The VCU Rams will travel to the University of Dayton Arena to take on the Dayton Flyers this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The VCU Rams won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-6 (3-1 A-10) on the season after defeating the Duquesne Dukes, 78-67, this past Tuesday night. VCU went into halftime trailing by a 36-28 margin however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 30-10 Rams run gave VCU a 58-50 lead with 7:03 left in regulation. VCU shot 44.6% from the field and outrebounded the Dukes by a 50-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Jonathan Williams who had 21 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, VCU is averaging 78.1 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, VCU has been led by Justin Tillman (17.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg), De’Riante Jenkins (13.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 spg), Issac Vann (11.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Jonathan Williams (10.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, VCU is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
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The Dayton Flyers improved to 8-8 (2-2 A-10) on the season after defeating the Richmond Spiders, 87-81, this past Tuesday. Dayton led at halftime by a 47-35 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking an 80-72 lead with 2:50 left in regulation. Dayton shot 63.5% from the field and 93.3% (14-15) from the FT-Line in the victory. Leading the way for the Flyers was Trey Landers who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Dayton is averaging 71.6 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Flyers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Dayton has been led by Darrell Davis (17.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 apg), Josh Cunningham (15.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), Trey Landers (8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jalen Crutcher (6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg). Defensively, Dayton is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Flyers have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Rams are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 Friday games however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Flyers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Friday games however, are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
VCU comes into this game winners of 6 of their last 7 games and has been led by their offense that ranks T-99th in scoring offense, 146th in FG%, and 94th in three-pointers made per game. It has been a rebuilding year for Dayton and head coach Anthony Grant as the Flyers have basically traded wins and losses throughout the season and come into this matchup ranked just 246th in scoring offense and 139th in scoring defense. VCU is not the same defensive minded team that we’ve seen in year’s past as the Rams rank just 216th in scoring defense and T-225th in turnover margin, however, the Rams have been competitive against some good teams in Virginia and Seton Hall and as I just don’t trust the Flyers much on the either end of the court, I’m taking the Rams to cover with the points. Take VCU and the points.