The Dayton Flyers will look to continue their home success against the Rhode Island Rams when the teams meet in Atlantic 10 Conference action on Friday night. The Flyers (13-7, 5-2), who defeated Rhode Island 84-72 in last year's Atlantic 10 Championship, are 11-7 against them all-time in games played at Dayton. The Rams (12-6, 3-3), who last won in Dayton in 2019 in overtime, enter the game looking to end a two-game losing streak after losses to George Washington and Richmond. The game will feature two of the nation's best scoring defenses. Dayton ranks 22nd, allowing 61.2 points per game, while Rhode Island is 37th at 62.9.
The game from University of Dayton Arena is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Rhode Island is averaging 69.8 points per game, while Dayton averages 68.8. The Flyers are 6.5-point favorites in the latest Rhode Island vs. Dayton odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 125. Before making any Dayton vs. Rhode Island picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Rhode Island vs. Dayton spread: Dayton -6.5
- Rhode Island vs. Dayton over-under: 125 points
- URI: The Rams are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight Friday games
- DAY: The Flyers are 5-1 ATS in their last six Friday games
Why Dayton can cover
Sophomore forward Toumani Camara is among the team leaders in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game. He also averages 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The transfer from Georgia became the first eligible transfer to be named Preseason All-A10 when he was selected to the third team, and scored 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the win over Kansas. At Georgia, he averaged 12.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game.
Also powering the Flyers is redshirt freshman guard Kobe Elvis, who played last season at DePaul. He is averaging 7.5 points, 1.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds. He was 4-for-4 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, for 10 points and three assists in a win over Belmont in the ESPN Invitational championship game on Nov. 28. Elvis scored 14 points, including 12 in the first half, in the win over Saint Louis on Jan. 11.
Why Rhode Island can cover
The Rams have two players averaging double-figure scoring, led by redshirt sophomore center Makhel Mitchell. He is averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 1.7 assists in 18 games this season. He has been the team's most consistent player, scoring in double figures in 11 of 18 games, including all six Atlantic 10 contests. He is averaging 14.2 points per game in conference games, and matched his career high of 20 points in the win at Massachusetts on Jan. 15.
With senior guard Jeremy Sheppard (right shoulder) possibly missing his second consecutive game, the Rams will look for other players to compensate for his absence. One of those is sophomore forward Makhi Mitchell, who averages 9.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. He has scored in double figures 10 times this season, and has grabbed 22 rebounds over the past two games, including 12 against Richmond. He has five games with 10 or more rebounds, including a career-high 18 rebounds in the team's win over Bryant on Nov. 12.
How to make Rhode Island vs. Dayton picks
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