The No. 13 Dayton Flyers (14-2, 3-0 A10) put their five-game winning streak on the line when they meet the VCU Rams (12-4, 2-1 A10) at University of Dayton Arena. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
VCU Rams vs. Dayton Flyers Betting Preview
In the Rams’ last matchup, they lost to the Rhode Island Rams, 65-56. Marcus Santos-Silva had a good game for VCU, putting up 11 points and 14 rebounds. Rhode Island did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (19-22; 86.4 percent). VCU, on the other hand, forced Rhode Island into a turnover percentage of 18.4 (above their season average of 15.0).
The Flyers will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the Massachusetts Minutemen in their last game, 88-60. Dayton rallied around Ryan Mikesell, who had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Dayton dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.5 (better than their season average of 16.5) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (above their season average of 28.1). For those same stats, Massachusetts had marks of 26.4 and 17.6, respectively.
This matchup pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses as Dayton currently ranks second in offensive efficiency and VCU is 16th in defensive efficiency.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Rams won both matchups last season. In the last contest, VCU won 69-68. VCU had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (43.8 vs. 30.0). Dayton, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.220 vs. 0.123).
VCU Rams vs. Dayton Flyers Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Dayton, ATS Winner – VCU, O/U – Under
The Rams rank 20th in blocks per game (5.3) while the Flyers rank 78th (3.8).
VCU is 25th in the nation with 18.1 three pointers allowed per game while Dayton is 58th with 19.5 three pointers allowed per game.
Dayton ranks first in assists per game (19.4) while VCU ranks 134th (13.4).
The Flyers rank 34th in rebounds allowed per game (31.4) while the Rams rank 156th (35.7).
VCU ranks 12th in steals per game (9.6) while Dayton ranks 120th (6.8).
The Flyers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 22.6, up from 18.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rams have scored an average of 68.0 points per game (2.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 58.8 points per game (2.1 below their season average).