Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-3) at Dayton Flyers (5-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 16, 2018, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dayton Flyers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
The Dayton Flyers and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane meet in college basketball action from the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Dayton Flyers will be looking to bounce back after losing 4 of their last 5 games after an 82-72 road win over Auburn in their last outing. Ryan Mikesell led Auburn with 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and 8 rebounds while Josh Cunningham came right behind with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Jalen Crutcher added 11 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while Obi Toppin added 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 shooting in 16 minutes to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for Dayton in the losing effort. Trey Landers added 8 points and a team-high 11 rebounds as well in the loss for the Flyers. Crutcher leads the Flyers with an average of 13.2 points and 5.8 assists per game while Landers leads the Flyers in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Dayton is averaging 72.8 points per game on 49.7% shooting from the field, 34.7% from the 3-point line and 65.4% from the foul line this season.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will be looking to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 70-60 win over New Orleans in their last outing. DaQuan Jeffries led Tulsa with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 threes, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and a pair of blocks while Martins Igbanu added 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double of his own. Zeke Moore added 11 points on 3 of 3 from behind the arc to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Tulsa in the winning effort. Jeffries leads Tulsa in scoring with 13.2 points per game while Igbanu leads the Golden Hurricane in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game and Sterling Taplin leads Tulsa in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 72.6 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.
Dayton is 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. Tulsa is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against the A-10 while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 non-conference games.
I’m honestly stunned to see Dayton as a favorite here. The Flyers have struggled a lot lately, and while a road loss to Auburn is weighted heavier than a win over New Orleans, the Golden Hurricane are getting it done defensively, giving up 60 or less in 3 of their last 5 games. I think Tulsa is simply the better and more consistent team here, and the Golden Hurricane can do enough defensively to win this game outright, but I’ll take the points just to be safe.