SMU Mustangs vs Dayton Flyers Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs Dayton Flyers
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: UD Arena in Dayton, OH
Odds/Point Spread: SMU (+2)
UD Arena is the site where and the Dayton Flyers (1-0) will take on the SMU Mustangs (3-0) on Saturday. SMU opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The O/U is set at 145.5.
SMU will enter this matchup with a record of 3-0 on the season. They average 96.7 points per contest (13th in Division 1) while hitting 51.0% from the field. The Mustangs are hitting 40.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (29 of 71) and 82.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, SMU is pulling in 46.3 boards per game and has racked up 69 dimes so far this year, which ranks 12th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 15.7 times per contest and as a team they commit 15.0 personal fouls per game. On the defensive end of the court, the Mustangs are able to force 17.7 turnovers per game while drawing 21.7 personal fouls. The Mustangs are giving up a field goal percentage of 36.1% (66 of 183) and they concede 29.7 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 216th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 44 conceded on the year. They are conceding 30.2% from 3-point land and they are 95th in college hoops in points per game allowed (65.3).
The SMU Mustangs faced off with the Houston Baptist Huskies and earned the victory with a final of 102-75 in their last game. SMU wrapped up the game having earned a 48.6% field goal percentage (36 out of 74) and buried 8 out of their 21 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Mustangs made 22 of 28 tries for a percentage of 78.6%. In regard to rebounding, they collected a total of 41 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 21 dimes for this contest in addition to getting 17 steals and 4 rejections. Pertaining to defense, SMU allowed the other team to shoot 48.6% from the field on 36 of 74. Houston Baptist earned 16 dimes and 7 steals in the game. On top of that, the Huskies pulled down 29 rebounds (11 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Houston Baptist went 70.8% when shooting free throws by converting 17 of their 24 tries. They converted 12 of 30 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Kendric Davis is one player who was a major contributor for the contest. He scored 20 points on 6 out of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 30 minutes and pulled down 2 rebounds. Davis ended up going 40.0% from the field and also recorded 13 assists. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Mustangs was Feron Hunt. He collected 11 rebounds and accumulated 2 assists. He finished shooting 58.3% from the field for the contest via 7-of-12 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, Hunt was on the hardwood for 30 minutes.
Dayton has a win-loss record of 1-0 this year. When it comes to offense, the Flyers are connecting on 51.1% from the field, which ranks 101st in college hoops. Dayton has accounted for 66 points so far this year and they snag 30 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 16 times per game (84th in the country) and they turn the ball over 15 times per game. The Flyers are responsible for committing 11.0 fouls per game while shooting 68.8% from the charity stripe. The Flyers on defense are ranked 73rd in college basketball in PPG given up with 63. They are forcing their opponents into 15 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (156th in D-1). The Dayton defense allows 46.2% on three-point shots (6 of 13) and opponents are knocking down 55.6% of their foul shots. They give up 12 assists and 33 boards every game, which has them ranked 133rd and 83rd in D-1.
In their last game, the Dayton Flyers walked away with a victory by a final of 66-63 when they played the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The Flyers recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 for the game. They rejected 2 tries while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Panthers were called for 16 personal fouls in this game which took the Flyers to the free throw line for 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 68.8%. Concerning three-point shots, Dayton buried 7 of 15 tries (46.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Flyers finished 24 out of 47 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.1%. The Flyers allowed the Panthers to make 26 of 61 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 42.6% for the game. They went 46.2% from three-point range by going 6 of 13 and finished the contest at 5 of 9 at the free throw line (55.6%). With respect to how they rebounded, Dayton allowed Eastern Illinois to snag 32 in all (12 on the offensive side).
Ibi Watson ended up being a factor for the Flyers in this matchup. He knocked down 6 out of 11 for this game for a rate of 54.5%, which earned him 16 points. Watson pulled down 6 boards in his 37 mins and tallied 2 assists for the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Dayton was Jalen Crutcher. He totaled 13 points in his 36 minutes on the court by way of 4 of 9 from the floor for this contest. Crutcher walked away from this one going 44.4% from the field while also totaling 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take SMU (+2)
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