Dayton Flyers vs Memphis Tigers Prediction, 3/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dayton Flyers vs Memphis Tigers
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: UNT Coliseum in Denton, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dayton (+3.5)
The Memphis Tigers (16-8) host the Dayton Flyers (14-9) at UNT Coliseum on Saturday in the NIT. Memphis opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 136.
Dayton heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 14-9 on the year. They turn it over 14.6 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 15.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Dayton is grabbing 33.3 boards per contest and has 316 dimes for the season, which is 171st in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Flyers are shooting 37.4% on shots from downtown (185 of 495) and 72.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 70.2 points per contest (207th in Division 1) while shooting 47.7% from the field. On the defensive end, the Flyers are forcing their opponents into 12.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.1 fouls. They rank 145th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 288 surrendered so far this season. The Flyers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.3% (579 of 1,368) and they concede 32.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They relinquish 31.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 100th in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.7).
The Dayton Flyers took the court against the VCU Rams and took a loss by a final of 73-68 in their last game. Dayton walked away from the contest with a 40.7% FG percentage (22 out of 54) and made 10 of their 26 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Flyers made 14 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. With regard to rebounding, they collected 31 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 9 assists for the game while forcing 14 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In regard to the defense, Dayton allowed their opponent to shoot 52.9% from the field on 27 of 51 shooting. VCU distributed 10 dimes and had 12 steals for this game. Additionally, VCU grabbed 24 rebounds (3 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. VCU finished the game shooting 70.0% at the free throw line by making 14 of their 20 attempts. They also made 5 out of their 14 attempts from distance.
Jalen Crutcher is a guy who was a factor for this contest. He ended up walking away with 21 points on 7 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes and also grabbed 1 rebound. Crutcher finished the contest at 46.7% from the field and recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Flyers was Ibi Watson. He collected 6 rebounds in 32 min on the court. He finished the game at 20.0% from the field in the game by shooting 2-of-10 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Watson had 2 assists.
Memphis has a record of 16-8 for the campaign. Memphis has totaled 1,730 points for the season (72.1 per contest) and they pull in 39.9 rebounds per contest. The Tigers commit 19.5 fouls every game and they go 62.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Tigers are shooting 44.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 194th in D-1. They are dishing out assists 16.0 times per contest (30th in the nation) and they turn it over 16.3 times per contest. The Tigers defensively are ranked 22nd in college basketball in points given up per game with 62.9. They are able to force 16.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 38.6% from the floor (5th in the country). The Memphis defense concedes 27.1% on 3-point attempts (141 of 520) and their opponents are making 68.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 11.0 dimes and 33.1 total boards per game, which has them ranked 47th and 95th in college hoops.
The last time they took the court, the Memphis Tigers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 76-74 when they faced the Houston Cougars. The Tigers collected 17 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 24 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 14 times, while earning 9 steals in this matchup. The Cougars were called for 21 fouls in the matchup which took the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 27 shots. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. In relation to shots from distance, Memphis made 7 out of their 18 tries (38.9%). When all was said and done, the Tigers ended up going 26 out of 53 from the field which had them sitting at 49.1%. The Tigers allowed the Cougars to bury 25 of 55 tries from the field which left them shooting 45.5% for this game. They went 31.8% from beyond the arc by hitting 7 out of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 22 from the free throw line (86.4%). When it comes to rebounding, Memphis allowed Houston to grab 30 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Boogie Ellis ended up being a major contributor for the Tigers for the matchup. He buried 9 out of 16 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 56.3%, and added 3 rebounds. Ellis earned 27 points in his 33 mins on the court and accumulated 2 assists for the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Deandre Williams. He walked away with 3 assists in 25 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 5 of 12 from the floor. Williams ended up shooting 41.7% from the field while also collecting 16 points and 1 rebound.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dayton (+3.5)
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