Atlantic 10 Basketball: Dayton Flyers vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks

Dayton Flyers at Saint Joseph’s Hawks
Wednesday, 1/25/12, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  N/A
Opening Point Spread:  Saint Joseph’s -4
Current Betting Line:  Saint Joseph’s -4
Opening Total:  140
Current Total:  141
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The Dayton Flyers sit alone in first place in the Atlantic 10

Dayton has played the 11th-toughest schedule in college basketball this year and comes in off an impressive 87-72 win over the Xavier Musketeers as three-point home underdogs.  The Flyers have been led by the play of Kevin Dillard, who leads the team in scoring 12.3 points per game while also dishing out 111 assists in the first 19 games of the 2011-12 campaign.  “Kev’s doing a really nice job for us,” commented Flyers head coach Archie Miller.  “He’s done a really nice job for us from the very first game.”  Dayton is 0-2 ATS as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points.

The Flyers sit along in first place in the Atlantic 10 with a 4-1 record, as the team is 10-1 when scoring 70 or more points this season.  Dillard hasn’t done all the scoring, as five other players on the roster are averaging 9.2 points or more per game this season.  Dayton leads the all-time series, 18-12, with Saint Joseph’s—coming away with a 64-61 win in the A-10 championship semifinals a year ago.

Saint Joseph’s will be playing the second of three consecutive games in the Philadelphia area in hosting this game inside Hagan Arena.  The Hawks have already surpassed last year’s win total, while possessing an RPI of 58, which is the fifth highest in the A-10.  The program will be focused on snapping a three-game losing streak, with all three losses coming on the road, including an 84-80 defeat to Penn as five-point road favorites last time out.  After winning five in a row, the team has lost five of seven.  Saint Joseph’s is 2-3 ATS versus conference opponents this year.

The Hawks are certainly led by their guard tandem of Carl Jones and Langston Galloway, who are averaging 17.2 and 16.6 points per game respectively.  Saint Joseph’s is hoping that Jones will be available tonight, as he’s currently listed as probable with a sprained ankle.  Galloway has certainly picked up the slack in playing all 40 minutes in two straight games.  In home games, the program is averaging 72.2 points per game, while allowing just 59.3 points a contest.

Bettors will likely back the Flyers due to their 4-1 ATS mark as an underdog, while the Hawks are 0-2 ATS when playing against a wining team after the 15-game mark this season.

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