Every single year, usually without fail, we see a team come out of nowhere to make a deep run in the tournament. Those of us who submit a bracket end up being totally frustrated by these teams, but that frustration usually turns to happiness, as it’s always fun to see an underdog climb to the top of the mountain, or at least close to the peak. This has been one of the more wide open seasons in recent memory, which would lead you to believe that we will almost certainly see one of those smaller schools do their thing once March Madness gets underway. While the Dayton Flyers, who are the #3 ranked team in the nation, would not necessarily be seen as a huge surprise team given their standing, the fact that they have just one Final Four appearance in their history still makes them an unlikely National Champion. The Flyers will hit the road on Wednesday night to take on the Rhode Island Rams as they attempt to maintain their unbeaten conference record. Dayton will be on the road as a 4 ½ point favorite, with the point total for this one set at 146. Let’s see how the College Basketball odds will be for the Dayton vs Rhode Island.
Dayton vs Rhode Island 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Wednesday, March 4 at 9 PM EST
- Where: Ryan Center, Kingston
- TV: CBSSN
- NCAAB Odds: Dayton Flyers -4.5 / Total 146
Why bet on the Dayton Flyers
It is more than a little surprising to see the Dayton Flyers sitting at the #3 spot in the nation right now, but you cannot say that they don’t belong there. The Flyers are 27-2 on the season, which is great as it is, but they are also a perfect 16-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play, a record that has already secured them the regular season conference crown. There are some who will argue that they don’t really belong with the big boys at the top of the rankings, but they more than held their own earlier this season in a 90-84 loss to the #1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks. Interestingly enough, both their losses have come in neutral site games, with the Flyers going a perfect 8-0 in true road games. They have win 8 of their last 12 meetings with Rhode Island, but they are just 3-6 ATS in their last 9 overall.
- Total Score: 80
- Field Goal %: 52.61
- Three Point %: 36.39
- Free Throw %: 71.77
- Total Rebounds: 34.69
- Total Score: 65.24
- Field Goal %: 41.58
- Three Point %: 33.15
- Free Throw %: 65.48
- Total Rebounds: 31.52
Why bet on the Rhode Island Rams
It’s easy to look at what the Dayton Flyers have accomplished this season and immediately write off the Rams, but that would be doing this Rhode Island team a total disservice. They come into this game with an impressive 20-8 record on the season, which includes going 12-4 in conference play, a record that would be good enough to have them challenging for the regular season crown in other conferences. This is a team that has been very good in their own building this season, going 12-2 SU, although just 5-8-1 ATS in those games. The question here is whether the Rams can hang with the high-powered Flyers offense, but with 11 of their last 15 games against Dayton going OVER, we might well expect a shootout.
- Total Score: 74.25
- Field Goal %: 42.66
- Three Point %: 31.75
- Free Throw %: 69.04
- Total Rebounds: 38.86
- Total Score: 68.54
- Field Goal %: 41.74
- Three Point %: 29.3
- Free Throw %: 69.15
- Total Rebounds: 38.04
Dayton vs Rhode Island Betting Trends
- Dayton are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
- Dayton are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games.
- Dayton are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games against Rhode Island.
- Dayton are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games on the road.
- Dayton are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Rhode Island.
- Rhode Island are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Rhode Island’s last 15 games against Dayton.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Rhode Island’s last 8 games at home.
- Rhode Island are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when playing at home against Dayton.
- Rhode Island are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games this season.
Dayton vs Rhode Island Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Rhode Island Rams lost 81-67 to the Flyers in their earlier meeting this season, although that one was on the road. I like them to be more competitive here, but I still think that the Flyers win and cover the spread.
Dayton Flyers 82 Rhode Island Rams 73