The Dayton Flyers (27-2, 16-0 Atlantic-10) visit the Rhode Island Rams (20-8, 12-4) Wednesday in an Atlantic-10 battle at Thomas M. Ryan Center in Kingston, RI. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET. We analyze the Dayton-Rhode Island odds and betting lines, with college basketball betting advice and tips around this matchup.
Dayton at Rhode Island: Three things you need to know
- Rhode Island has dropped three of its last five games. The stretch started with an 81-67 loss at Dayton Feb. 11. The Rams shot just 28.8% (19-for-66) from the floor. In the game prior (Feb. 8 at George Washington), Rhode Island shot 42.9% (9-for-21) from 3-point range in cobbling together a 59.8% effective field-goal percentage (a measure which equalizes 3-pointers at 33% and 2-pointers at 50%). Since then, the Rams have shot 27% from beyond the arc and 38% overall.
- The Flyers, ranked third in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll, have already clinched the A-10 regular-season title, but they still have a chance to run through the league undefeated by winning Wednesday at Rhode Island and then Saturday against George Washington. UD hasn’t lost since dropping a 78-76 overtime game to the Colorado Buffaloes Dec. 21. In a relatively low-scoring league, the Flyers are averaging 80 points per game. Dayton leads the nation in effective field-goal accuracy, with a 59.7% mark.
- The Rams are an A-10 outlier with an up-tempo style of play. In possessions per game, URI ranks 40th in the nation. Dayton is 6-0 straight-up (3-3 against the spread) against teams in the top 25% in tempo. The ATS losses were in non-conference play in games mostly lined as 20-point routs.
Dayton at Rhode Island: Odds, betting lines and picks
Dayton 76, Rhode Island 71
Dayton has been exceptional on the road. The Flyers are a highly effective shooting team that plays lock-down defense in preventing anything close to average at the other end.
The DAYTON (-182) line here has moderate-to-significant value and is worth a play.
Against the Spread (ATS)
UD’s Feb. 18 contest at VCU stands as a solid comparison for this road game. The Flyers covered a -3 spread with a bucket in the final minute.
The line here — DAYTON -3.5 (-115) — makes for a slight lean on the Flyers.
Close games for both the Flyers and Rams have landed on both sides of totals in equal measure. The last meeting between UD and URI went Over by a point-and-a-half. The solid-comp game at VCU spelled an easy Under.
PASS on the O/U (Over: -121, Under: +100).
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