The No. 6 Dayton Flyers (+1200 to win the 2020 Championship) are widely considered a lock to get a ticket to March Madness, but that doesn’t mean they are impervious to landmines along the way. They could step on one this weekend against the UMass Minutemen, who are out to avenge their loss last month to the Obi Toppin and company.
Betting Preview for the Dayton Flyers vs UMass Minutemen NCAA College Basketball Game on February 15 2020
Where: William D. Mullins Memorial Center
When: Saturday, February 15, 2020, 12:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Dayton Flyers (22-2 Overall / 11-0 Conference)
The Flyers remained undefeated in conference play, racking up their 11th-straight win against an Atlantic 10 conference rivalin an 81-67 win at home over the Rhode Island Rams last Tuesday. The Flyers’ success this season has a lot to do with star player Obi Toppin, who’s doing a fantastic job leading his team. Toppin is pacing the Flyers in both point and rebounds with 19.7 and 7.9 per game, respectively. Toppin had a blast chopping down Rhode Island’s defense as he put up 22 points to go with 10 rebounds. Toppin hurt his ankle and played only 19 minutes but managed 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and five steals in an 88-60 home win over UMass back in January. With his body 100 percent healthy this time around, just imagine the damage he’ll cause on the Minutemen’s defense that’s 257th in the nation in scoring defense with 72.9 points allowed per game. Conversely, the Flyers are fourth overall with 81.6 points per game.
The over is 7-3 in the Flyers’ last 10 games overall.
Betting on the UMass Minutemen (10-14 Overall / 4-7 Conference)
The Minutemen scored back-to-back wins last month against the Duquesne Dukes and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks then suffered two-straight losses at the hands of the Davidson Wildcats and Rhode Island. The Minutemen bounced right back by defeating the George Mason Patriots last Sunday, 69-67, but their spread bettors had to settle for a push. In the loss to the Flyers, UMass was buried early, letting Dayton take a 16-point lead at the half. The Minutemen fought back hard in the second half, wherein they were outscored by only two points. The Minutemen had 21 turnovers in that game, so it’s easy to see why they struggled mightily in overcoming the deficit. It goes without saying that UMass will have to be more disciplined with the ball, especially since Dayton is great in converting extra possessions into baskets.
The Minutemen are scoring 69.5 points per game. The Minutemen are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games.
Dayton wins, 84-68.
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