The Saint Mary’s Gaels (9-1) and the No. 19 Dayton Flyers (6-1) square off at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Dayton Flyers vs. Saint Mary’s Gaels Betting Preview
In the Flyers’ last matchup, they dismantled the Houston Baptist Huskies, 99-68. With 17 points and 10 rebounds, Dayton’s Obi Toppin had a solid game. Dayton played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.659 (above their season average of 0.626) and a turnover percentage of 14.7 (better than their season average of 16.5). For those same stats, Houston Baptist put up marks of 0.456 and 19.9, respectively.
The Gaels will look to keep it rolling after defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies in their last matchup, 61-49. Saint Mary’s’ Malik Fitts played a pivotal role with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Saint Mary’s dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.235 (above their season average of 0.194) and a turnover percentage of 13.6 (better than their season average of 13.9). For those same stats, Northern Illinois was 0.160 and 18.9, respectively.
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the NCAA’s premier offenses face off. Saint Mary’s ranks fourth with 114.5 points per 100 possessions and Dayton is 35th (112.2) since last season.
Dayton Flyers vs. Saint Mary’s Gaels Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Dayton, ATS Winner – Dayton, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
Dayton ranks 10th in assists per game (17.2) while Saint Mary’s ranks 127th (10.9).