College Basketball Picks: VCU Rams vs. Dayton Flyers

VCU Rams vs. Dayton Flyers
Wednesday, 1/22/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Dayton -1.5
Current Betting Line:  Dayton -1.5
Opening Total:  139
Current Total:  140
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The VCU Rams are 6-5 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons
The VCU Rams are 6-5 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons

VCU is 2-1 SU and 0-3 ATS over its last three games, as it comes off a 80-65 victory over the Duquesne Dukes as 16.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five opportunities.  The Rams hold a 4-1 series edge against the Flyers, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  In four games this month, the team has dished out 57 assists on 100 field goals, which is a much higher percentage than its assist rate on 48.2 percent of its makes in the first 14 contests of the year.  VCU is 4-7 SU and 6-5 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.

The Rams are known for their HAVOC defense, which leads the country in turnovers forced per game—something to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  VCU has two probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior guard Treveon Graham leading the way at 15.2 points a contest.  In three Atlantic 10 Conference games, the program is outscoring its opponents by an average of nearly nine points in the second half.

Dayton has won 11 of its last 13 games at the UD Arena, as it returns home looking to bounce back from a 73-64 defeat to the Richmond Spiders as two-point underdogs last Saturday.  The Flyers are 8-0 SU when the team scores 80 or more points in a game this season, but they’ve averaged just 67.7 points during conference play.  The team has three players averaging in double figures, with junior guard Jordan Sibert leading the way at 12.1 points a contest.  Dayton is 1-2 SUATS as home favorites of three or fewer points since the 2011-12 campaign.

The Flyers are ranked No. 51 in the most recent RPI, while they’ve played the 66th toughest schedule in the country.  Dayton is outscoring its opponents by 12.7 points per game at this venue this season, with Dyshawn Pierre being the team’s leading scorer in that situation at 14.0 points a contest.

Sports bettors will likely back the Rams due to their 7-0 SU record after failing to over the spread in three or more consecutive games the last two-plus seasons.

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