Dayton Flyers vs Davidson Wildcats Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dayton Flyers vs Davidson Wildcats
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: John M. Belk Arena in Davidson, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Dayton (+5.5)
John M. Belk Arena is the venue where and the Davidson Wildcats (6-4) will play the Dayton Flyers (5-3) on Friday. Davidson opens this matchup as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 129.5.
Dayton will enter this game with a record of 5-3 for the year. The Flyers are connecting on 35.6% on shots from distance (52 of 146) and 74.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 67.4 pts per game (270th in college hoops) while hitting 49.9% from the field. They turn it over 16.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 15.0 fouls per contest. As a team, Dayton is collecting 31.3 boards per game and has 108 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 210th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Flyers are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per game while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. The Flyers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.6% (197 of 462) and they surrender 30.1 boards per contest as a unit. They are ranked 106th in college hoops in giving up assists with 92 conceded on the campaign. They are surrendering 35.2% from 3-point land and they are 74th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (65.0).
The Dayton Flyers faced the Fordham Rams and took a loss by a score of 55-54 in their last contest. Dayton finished the contest having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (18 of 42) and converted 4 of 23 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Flyers made 14 of their 19 attempts for a rate of 73.7%. Regarding hauling in boards, they collected 29 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 8 assists in the matchup while having 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. When discussing defense, Dayton allowed 42.9% from the floor on 18 of 42 shooting. Fordham earned 14 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Rams had 16 rebounds (1 offensive, 15 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Fordham walked away from this one shooting 100.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 6 of 6 shots. They also converted 9 out of their 18 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Jalen Crutcher is someone who was a major factor in this game. He recorded 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting. He played 38 mins played and grabbed 3 boards. Crutcher ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 3 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Flyers was Mustapha Amzil. He pulled down 2 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He finished 57.1% from the floor in this game by going 4-of-7 (10 points). In all, Amzil was on the hardwood for 29 minutes.
Davidson has a record of 6-4 for the season. The Wildcats are committing 15.7 personal fouls per game while shooting 70.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.0 times per contest (147th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 11.2 times per game. Davidson has scored 713 pts this year (71.3 per contest) and they average 36.1 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Wildcats are hitting on 45.7% from the floor, which ranks them 130th in the nation. The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 68th in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.6. They have surrendered 10.4 assists and 29.3 boards every game, which ranks 37th and 16th in those defensive categories. The Davidson defense concedes 31.3% on 3-point attempts (66 of 211) and opponents are knocking down 68.6% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 9.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.2% from the field (201st in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Davidson Wildcats went home victorious with a score of 61-48 when they played the Duquesne Dukes. The Wildcats were able to snag 30 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in this game. They also turned away 3 shots while recording 8 steals for this game. The Dukes were called for 8 fouls in this contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 10 shots. They were able to bury 6 of them for a percentage of 60.0%. In relation to 3-point shots, Davidson buried 9 of 28 attempts (32.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats ended up shooting 23 for 60 from the field which had them shooting 38.3%. The Wildcats allowed the Dukes to bury 15 out of 52 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 28.8% for this contest. They shot 28.6% from distance by going 6 of 21 and finished the contest at 12 of 21 from the charity stripe (57.1%). Regarding rebounds, Davidson permitted Duquesne to snag 34 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Kellan Grady ended up being important for the Wildcats for the contest. He converted 5 of 14 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 35.7%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Grady totaled 5 rebounds in his 30 minutes played and accounted for 3 dimes for the contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Davidson was Carter Collins. He finished with 13 points in 27 minutes on the court by going 5 out of 10 from the floor in this contest. Collins ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while earning 3 dimes and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dayton (+5.5)
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