An interesting Atlantic-10 battle comes to primetime when the Dayton Flyers (8-4, 4-3) visit the #22 Saint Louis Billikens (7-1, 0-0) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Saint Louis has yet to play a conference game due to COVID issues in the program and Dayton currently sits in sixth place and are two games back of league leaders St. Bonaventure. This game will air live on CBS Sports Network at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Through 12 games, the Dayton offense is averaging just 67.5 points per game and are shooting 48.2% from the field. Jalen Crutcher leads the team with 18.3 points and 4.4 assists, while Jordy Tshimanga is grabbing a team high 7.8 rebounds per game. Defensively, the Flyers are allowing 65.1 points, are blocking 2.0 shots, and are stealing the ball 4.8 times each game. Dayton is on a one-game losing streak.
After eight games, the Saint Louis offense is averaging 83.9 points per game and are shooting 51.0% from the field. Javonte Perkins leads the team with 17.8 points, Jordan Goodwin is grabbing 11.1 rebounds, and Yuri Collins is dishing out a team high 7.3 assists. Defensively, the Billikens are allowing 64.5 points, are blocking 3.0 shots, and are stealing the ball 8.8 times per game. Saint Louis is currently on a one-game winning streak.
Below is my College Basketball Best Bet between the Dayton Flyers and #22 Saint Louis Billikens. All lines are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Dayton Flyers at #22 Saint Louis Billikens (-10.5): O/U 135.5 (-110/-110)
Last time out, Dayton visited the VCU Rams and suffered a humiliating 66-43 road defeat. The Flyers never led in this game and trailed VCU by as many as 30 points on the night. Zimi Nwokeji and Jordy Tshimanga led the team with 10 points and Tshimanga, Moulaye Sissoko and Koby Brea each grabbed five rebounds. Elijah Weaver dished out a team high four assists on the night. Dayton shot just 30.9% (17-55) from the field, 15.0% (3-20) from beyond the arc, and 50.0% (6-12) from the free throw line. It was an ugly performance by the Flyers.
Saint Louis hosted the University of Missouri – Kansas City Roos and secured a comfortable 62-46 win. The Billikens have not played since December 23rd in a game where they led by as many 18 points and trailed by six points at one point. Jordan Goodwin led the team with 23 points and 13 rebounds and Yuri Collins dished out a team high seven assists. The Billikens shot 48.9% (23-47) from the field, 48.9% (5-12) from the three-point line, and 64.7% (11-17) from the free throw line.
Series History: Dayton leads the all-time series 21-12 and the Flyers have won three of the last four meetings.
Game Prediction: I think Saint Louis wins, but I like Dayton +10.5 to cover.
2020-2021 CBB Pick Record: 5-3