Dayton Flyers at Rhode Island Rams – NCAAM February 16

7:00 p.m. ET – Dayton at Rhode Island (-3) O/U: 134.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Dayton +3 (-115) +135 O 134½ (-110)
Rhode Island -3 (-105) -160 U 134½ (-110)

The 11-6 Flyers travel to Rhode Island to take on the 9-12 Rams on Tuesday night. Dayton suffered a home loss to the top team in the Atlantic 10 conference, VCU, last Tuesday 76-67. Rhode Island lost at Saint Louis last Wednesday, 67-60. These two teams met in Dayton on Jan. 30, with the Flyers overcoming a three-point halftime deficit to ultimately prevail, 67-56. Dayton guard Ibi Watson led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. Rhode island was led by guard Jeremy Shepard with 16 points and six ebounds.

The Flyers are led on the season by guard Jalen Crutcher, who averages a team-best 18.7 points and 4.8 assists per game. Crutcher had 15 points and five assists in the previous matchup between these two teams.

Rhode Island Rams LogoThe Rams are led by guard Fatts Russell, who averages 14.2 points per game this season. Russell was injured in the first half of the previous matchup, scoring four points on one made field goal prior to exiting the game. Russell is going to not only stay healthy this time, but he’ll need to have a big game if the Rams are to get revenge on Tuesday night.

Dayton Flyers LogoDayton was able to hold Rhode Island under 40 percent from the field and under 25 percent from three-point range in the first game. Dayton comfortably won the turnover and rebound margin, which ultimately led to a dominant second half in the previous matchup.Rhode Island has no match for Dayton’s 6-foot-11 senior center Jordy Tshimanga.

Ishimanga proved to be a problem in the first game when recorded 11 points and eight rebounds in only 22 minutes. The size advantage for Dayton gives the Flyers a clear-cut edge in this game, and just as important has been Jalen Crutcher’s ability to hold Fatts Russell in check. Take the Flyers straight up to complete the season sweep over Rhode Island.

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