The Dayton Flyers and the Houston Cougars meet in college basketball action from the TD Arena on Sunday night.
Dayton Takes Out St. John’s
The Dayton Flyers come into this one looking to add to their 88-81 win over St. John’s last time out. DaRon Holmes II leads the Flyers in scoring with 16.3 PPG along with 6 RPG and 2.8 APG while Nate Santos has 13.5 PPG with a team-high 8.3 RPG to lead the Flyers on the glass this season. Koby Brea has 11 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for the Flyers so far this season. Javon Bennett has 9.5 PPG with 3.8 APG and Enoch Cheeks has 7.8 PPG with 5 RPG while Kobe Elvis has 6.8 PPG with a team-high 4 APG to lead the Flyers in the assist department this season. As a team, Dayton is averaging 71.8 PPG on 46.2% shooting from the field, 36.1% from three and 78.2% from the foul line this season.
Houston Remains Unbeaten
The Houston Cougars come into this one looking to build on their 5-0 start after a 76-66 win over Utah last time out. LJ Cryer leads the Cougars in scoring with 15.4 PPG along with 2.4 APG while Emanuel Sharp has 13.4 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Houston so far this season. Damian Dunn has 9 PPG and J’Wan Roberts has 8.2 PPG with a team-high 8 RPG to lead the Cougars in rebounding while Jamal Shead has a team-high 6.6 APG as well to lead the Cougars in assists up to this point in the year. As a team, Houston is averaging 77.2 PPG on 44.6% shooting from the field, 34.7% from three and 62.9% from the foul line this season.
I’m leaning towards Dayton here. I have a feeling we’re going to make a lot of money with Houston this season with that elite level defense, but they’ve gotten backdoored in some of their recent games, and Dayton is one of those team that can play whatever style of basketball’s needed to get the job done. They can play it slow and defensive to match Houston, or run and gun to pile 88 on St. John’s. Either way I wouldn’t be surprised if Houston won, but this just feels like a case of too many points. Give me Dayton here.