Dayton Flyers (7-8) at Richmond Spiders (3-12)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Richmond Spiders +1.5 -- Over/Under:
The Dayton Flyers will travel to the Robins Center to take on the Richmond Spiders this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Dayton Flyers dropped to 7-8 (1-2 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the UMass Minutemen, 62-30, this past Saturday. Dayton held a 32-27 halftime lead, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Minutemen used an 14-3 run to take a 58-50 lead with 6:18 left in regulation. Dayton shot 42.6% from the field and 37.5% (9-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Flyers was Jalen Crutcher who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Dayton is averaging 70.6 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Flyers are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Dayton has been led by Darrell Davis (17.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg), Josh Cunningham (15.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Jordan Davis (8.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, Dayton is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Flyers have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The Richmond Spiders lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-12 (1-2 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Saint Louis Billikens, 69-62, this past Saturday. Richmond held a double-digit lead in this one early in the 2nd half, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and could retake the lead after a 20-6 Billikens run gave Saint Louis a 51-47 lead with 6:52 left in regulation. Richmond shot 46.7% from the field and was outrebounded by the Billikens by a 38-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Spiders was Grant Golden who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks. On the season, Richmond is averaging 65.7 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Spiders are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Richmond has been led by Grant Golden (14.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 bpg), De’Monte Buckingham (12.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Jacob Gilyard (10.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.3 spg), and Nick Sherod (10.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, Richmond is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Spiders have a rebound margin of -5.3 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Flyers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Spiders are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Dayton has lost 3 of their last 5 games and has struggled on the offensive end this season as the Flyers rank just 270th in scoring offense, 126th in FG%, and 270th in 3P-FG%. It’s been a tough year for Richmond as the Spiders have struggled on both ends of the court and come into this matchup ranked 325th in scoring offense, 235th in scoring defense, and 333rd in defensive FG%. Richmond might have lost 4 of their last 5 games, however, they’ve look far more competition in some close losses on the road to Boston College and Fordham, and as I like how they looked recently in their impressive 69-58 victory at home over Davidson, I think Richmond does enough to cover with the points in this one. Take Richmond to cover.