VCU vs. Dayton Picks and Predictions – Friday, Mar. 08

Jan 30, 2024; Dayton, Ohio, USA; Dayton Flyers forward DaRon Holmes II (15) drives to the basket against George Washington center Babatunde Akingbola (23) during a game at University of Dayton Arena.
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We have your Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Dayton Flyers prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Virginia Commonwealth Rams hit the road to face the Dayton Flyers.

The Dayton Flyers (23-6) are set to host the Virginia Commonwealth Rams (19-11) in a high-stakes A-10 clash. With the regular season wrapping up, the Flyers aim to defend their undefeated home record, while the Rams fight to secure a better seeding for the conference tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Dayton Flyers Odds Info

Moneyline: Virginia Commonwealth Rams +285 (DraftKings) / Dayton Flyers -345 (BetRivers)

Spread: -8.0 – Virginia Commonwealth Rams -112 (DraftKings) / Dayton Flyers -108 (DraftKings)

Total: 138 – -110 (Bet365) / -105 (DraftKings)

Game Info

Date: Friday, Mar. 08

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: UD Arena – Dayton, OH


Virginia Commonwealth Rams Betting Trends

  • On the road, Virginia Commonwealth Rams are 5 and 3 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Virginia Commonwealth Rams are 18 and 12.
  • Against the spread on the road, Virginia Commonwealth Rams are 6 and 3.

Dayton Flyers Betting Trends

  • At home, Dayton Flyers are 14 and 0 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Dayton Flyers are 15 and 13.
  • Against the spread at home, Dayton Flyers are 8 and 8.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Dayton Flyers Predictions

The UD Arena is the stage for a critical Atlantic 10 showdown as the Dayton Flyers look to cap off an impeccable home record against the visiting VCU Rams. Dayton, riding a 14-0 home record, has shown resilience and skill, especially in their recent bounce-back victory over Saint Louis, where they showcased their offensive prowess. The Flyers’ ability to share the ball and maintain efficiency from the three-point line has been a cornerstone of their success this season, and they’ll look to continue that trend against VCU.

VCU, on the other hand, is dealing with the uncertainty surrounding their leading scorer Max Shulga’s health. The Rams have felt his absence, stumbling in their last two outings. However, VCU’s defensive identity remains a threat, and they will need to leverage that strength to contain Dayton’s versatile scoring options. The Rams’ ability to force turnovers and disrupt the Flyers’ rhythm could be pivotal in this matchup.

The game also features a key player battle in the paint, with Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II, a dominant force and potential A10 Player of the Year, going up against a VCU squad that lacks size. Holmes’ performance, along with his ability to draw double teams and create opportunities for his teammates, could be the deciding factor. With both teams looking to solidify their positions before the A-10 tournament, this game promises to be a fiercely contested affair with significant implications for the postseason.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Dayton Flyers Pick

The Dayton Flyers have demonstrated a remarkable ability to dominate at home, boasting an unblemished 14-0 record at UD Arena. This home-court advantage, coupled with their high-powered offense that has been clicking on all cylinders, makes them a formidable opponent for the VCU Rams. With the Flyers’ recent performance, including a commanding win over Saint Louis where they shot over 54% from three-point range, they have shown that they can overcome adversity even when key players are sidelined. The Flyers’ depth and offensive efficiency, especially from beyond the arc, give them a significant edge in this matchup.

VCU’s recent struggles, particularly on the offensive end, are concerning. The health of Max Shulga is a major variable that could impact the Rams’ performance. Without Shulga at full strength, VCU’s offense has been lackluster, and facing a Dayton team that has been prolific in scoring presents a challenging scenario for the Rams. Additionally, Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II’s presence in the paint and his ability to facilitate for others when double-teamed will likely pose a significant challenge for VCU’s defense. Considering these factors, along with the Flyers’ motivation to secure a perfect home record, the Dayton Flyers moneyline bet is the prudent choice for this game.

The Pick: Dayton Flyers -345. (BetRivers)