The 2023-24 NCAA Tournament is approaching quickly, and college basketball teams continue to try and improve their resume for that event. There is a massive game on Friday night as the Dayton Flyers are set to visit the VCU Rams.
The Dayton Flyers are currently sitting on top of the standings of the Atlantic 10 Conference as they have gone 19-3 this season. Dayton has rattled off three straight wins and that will give them some momentum ahead of this matchup.
VCU is coming into this game with some momentum as well as they have won four of their last five games. The Rams are now sitting at 15-8 on the year, and they could play their way into March with a strong finish.
Dayton is coming into this game as a slim 1.5-point betting favorite over VCU in this Atlantic 10 matchup.
Dayton Wants to Defend
The Dayton Flyers have done a number of things extremely well this season, but the strength of this team has come on the defensive end of the floor. Dayton is allowing just 65 points per game, and that makes them a tough team to play.
The Flyers will be looking to set the tone on defense in this game, but they can also score points when needed. Dayton is scoring over 75 points per game, and they have scoring weapons up and down the roster.
DaRon Holmes II is leading the way with 19.7 points per game, and he could take over this game against this VCU defense. The Flyers will need to shoot the ball well in order to win this game.
VCU Slowing it Down
The VCU Rams are typically a team that wants to pick up the pace on both ends of the floor, but that hasn’t been the case this season. VCU is allowing just 66 points per game this season, but they are also scoring just 72 points per game.
Guard Max Shulga is leading the way with 15.1 points per game, but some other players on this roster are going to need to step up. VCU is typically a team that takes a lot of shots from deep, but they are going to have to make those shots in this game.
The Rams can put some great pressure on Dayton, and creating some easy scores is going to be a way that they can find some success in this matchup.
Flyers Roll Past the Rams
Both of these college basketball teams have had a strong season, but only one team will come up with a win on Friday night. VCU should get a slight advantage by playing this game at home, but it’s going to take more than that to win this one.
Dayton has only lost three games all season long, and they have a roster that knows how to win big games. The Flyers just have so many weapons on offense and at some point they are going to control this game.
Bet on the Dayton Flyers at -1.5 as they are going to stay on top of the A-10 standings with another big win on Friday night.