The No. 6 Dayton Flyers (21-2, 10-0 A10) welcome the Rhode Island Rams (18-5, 10-1 A10) in a matchup that pits outstanding offense against tremendous defense. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Dayton Opens as 9.5 point favorites at home via Pointsbet Catfish Bend Iowa Sportsbook.
Rhode Island Rams vs. Dayton Flyers ATS Prediction
The last time the Rams played, they thoroughly outplayed the George Washington Colonials, 82-51. The Rams had a great effective field goal percentage of 0.598 (above their season average of 0.479), while the Colonials had a turnover percentage of 23.5 (above their season average of 16.2). Cyril Langevine had a good outing for Rhode Island, putting up 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Flyers were victorious over the Saint Louis Billikens in their last game, 71-65. The Flyers made 20 of their 27 free throws (74.1 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 9.2 (better than their season average of 16.7). Obi Toppin was Dayton’s leading scorer with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Rams won the most recent matchup 72-70. Rhode Island had a much better turnover percentage (15.4 vs. 25.4). Dayton, on the other hand, did a terrific job of making free throws (17-20; 85.0 percent).
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the productive offense of Dayton (second in the country with an offensive efficiency of 117.1) takes on the stingy defense of Rhode Island (44th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 93.6).
Rhode Island at Dayton Betting Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Dayton, O/U – Over
Dayton ranks 37th in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while Rhode Island ranks 234th (37.5).
The Flyers rank second in assists per game (18.4) while the Rams rank 162nd (12.8).
Dayton ranks 111th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while Rhode Island ranks 268th (17.6).
The Rams rank 19th in steals per game (8.8) while the Flyers rank 125th (6.4).
Dayton ranks 79th in blocks per game (3.7) while Rhode Island ranks 92nd in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
The Rams’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.8, up from 7.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Flyers have scored an average of 77.4 points per game (4.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (0.2 above their season average).