This Wednesday, the No.15 Dayton Flyers (21-3, 11-1, 1st in A10) will be looking to claim their 10 straight win in the NCAAB odds when they take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (21-4, 10-2, 2nd in A10) in a showdown that will have major implications in the American 10 Conference standings. Whoever wins this game will claim an outright lead at the top of A10 and possibly go on to win the regular season conference title. Let’s preview this game with a quick recap from their last encounter and let’s guide our wagers with a brief online sportsbook college basketball betting analysis detailed below.
Betting on Dayton vs St Joseph Hoops and TV Information
When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:00 PM ET
Where: Hagan Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Flyers
Entering this clash, the Flyers and the Hawks have split their last 16 meetings. However, Dayton leads the All-time series 20-16 and won the last meeting between the two teams in the 2014-15 season, claiming a 68-64 victory at the UD Arena.
In addition, the Flyers have won their last nine games in a row, a key reason why they have climbed as high as No. 15 in this week’s rankings. In fact, their 21-3 record ties for the second- best mark in school history through 24 games, and with the confidence of being able to scrap out wins in the toughest of environments, the Flyers will be buoyed of recording another winning performance on Wednesday. This should especially be encouraged by the fact that forward Kendall Pollard could return to this game after missing the last outing because of a knee bruise. Pollard is averaging 11 PPG, which could be a huge boost to the talent-laden Dayton starting five that includes G Charles Cooke (16.0 PPG), F Dyshawn Pierre (13.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG) and G Scoochie Smith (10.2 PPG, 4.2 APG).
Meanwhile, Dayton’s excellent defense that is allowing just 64.0 PPG (20th-best in the nation) should make life difficult for Saint Joseph’s offense, hence giving the Flyers a chance to dominate both sides of the court for a potentially crucial win.
Why Bet on the Hawks
While the Haws aren’t as loaded up with double-digit scorers in their team, forwards Isaiah Miles (17.5PPG) and DeAndre Bembry ( 16.8 PPG) have been playing extremely well, supported by guards Aaron Brown and Shavar Newkirk, who are both averaging over eight points per game. This balance is the reason why Saint Joseph’s is averaging 76.0 PPG game, which is comparably higher than Dayton’s offensive average of 74.2 PPG scoring. With that, you can expect the Hawks to be on a strong attacking mode, especially because they will be playing at home where they have been giving their best of performances.
Another factor that can work in St. Joseph’s favor is the fact that Dayton has luckily survived its last two games, beating both Duquesne and Rhode Island by just two points each. Whereas this ability to win games at crunch time is commendable, it also tells that they have been a bit sloppy in recent games, something that opens a window for the Hawks (who have won all their last three games by 18-plus points) to pull one over them.
More notably, the Flyers have lost the last seven straight games at Hagan Arena since winning 66-62 on Jan. 29, 2000. This is a big factor that is likely to work in St. Joseph’s advantage, particularly now that the Hawks are playing arguably their best basketball in nearly 5 years.
Expert NCAAB Predictions and Picks
The Hawks use their solid home court advantage to beat Dayton by at least 5 points, bringing an end to Dayton’s nine-game winning stretch.
NCAAB Picks: St. Joseph’s for SU, St. Joseph’s for ATS, Score Prediction: St. Joseph’s 69, Dayton 63.