The #13 Dayton Flyers will host the VCU Rams in an A10 showdown Tuesday night from the University of Dayton Arena. The Rams were dealt a 65-56 home loss by Rhode Island on Saturday, and the Flyers earned a dominating 88-60 home win over UMass in their previous action. VCU beat Dayton in both meetings last season.
VCU Upset by Rhode Island in First A10 Defeat
The VCU Rams are seeking their third A10 victory of the season. They defeated Fordham and George Mason in their two opening conference battles and were stunned 65-56 by Rhode Island on their home court on Saturday in a game that had VCU labeled as 8.5 point favorites.
Marcus Santos-Silva continues to shine, netting two straight double-doubles including 11 points and 14 boards on Saturday. The junior forward now has five double-doubles on the season, and he has compiled an average of 13.1 PPG and 9 RPG. Marcus Evans is slumping, recording seven or fewer points in three out of his last four games. The senior guard is having issues with his accuracy and is logging 11.1 points on 38.4% shooting. De’Riante Jenkins is playing well, sinking at least 13 points in three out of his last four games. The senior guard stands third in team scoring with 10.8 PPG.
The Rams are ranked 47th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and own a 2-1 record in their three true road games. VCU is currently averaging 70.9 points, placing them 204th overall. They are a terrific defensive team that is holding opponents to 60.9 points, good for 28th in DI.
#13 Dayton Crushes UMASS, Toppin Injured
The #13 Dayton Flyers are aiming for their sixth consecutive victory. They have made easy work of their first three A10 opponents as well, winning all three games by double-digits in points highlighted by an 88-60 home win against UMass on Saturday to cover the 20 point spread. Dayton continues to pile on the points.
Flyers' star Obi Toppin exited Saturday’s game with an ankle injury after netting 16 points and is listed as probable. The sophomore forward is one of the best players in the A10 and has surpassed 20 points seven times. Toppin is averaging 19.3 PPG and 7.4 RPG. Jalen Crutcher has scored 12 or fewer points in three out of his last four games. The junior guard is now averaging 12.8 points on a 43% clip from the field. Ibi Watson is a big threat from three-point range where he features a sizzling 48% efficiency. The junior guard holds an average of 11.4 points on the season.
The best dunker in college basketball lives here. pic.twitter.com/FNNaqwwJBm— Dayton Basketball (@DaytonMBB) January 11, 2020
The Flyers have climbed two spots to #13 in the country in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings, and Ken Pomeroy has them 6th overall in his grades. They are 9-0 on their home court. Dayton is an offensive powerhouse that is now averaging 83.4 points, good for fifth in the country. They are allowing an average of 64.9 points, placing them 82nd in DI.
The VCU Rams are:
- 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games as an underdog.
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss.
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