Halftime Report

VCU has overcome an early deficit to take the lead back in this one. After one quarter, neither squad has the contest in the bag, but VCU leads 25-22 over the Flyers.

If VCU keeps playing like this, they'll bump their record up to 16-8 in no time. On the other hand, Dayton will have to make due with a 19-4 record unless they turn things around (and fast).

Who's Playing

Dayton Flyers @ VCU Rams

Current Records: Dayton 19-3, VCU 15-8

How To Watch

  • When: Friday, February 9, 2024 at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Stuart Siegel Center -- Richmond, Virginia
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Ticket Cost: $26.00

What to Know

VCU will be in front of their home fans on Friday, but a look at the spread shows they might need that home-court advantage. They and the Dayton Flyers will face off in an Atlantic 10 battle at 7:00 p.m. ET at Stuart Siegel Center. Both teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous matches.

Last Tuesday, the Rams strolled past the Rams with points to spare, taking the game 75-60. The win made it back-to-back wins for VCU.

VCU can attribute much of their success to Max Shulga, who dropped a double-double on 13 points and ten rebounds. Joe Bamisile was another key contributor, scoring 13 points along with two blocks.

Meanwhile, the matchup between Dayton and the Hawks on Tuesday hardly resembled the 60-54 effort from their previous meeting. The Flyers enjoyed a cozy 94-79 victory over the Hawks. The victory was nothing new for Dayton as they're now sitting on three straight.

Dayton's victory was a true team effort, with many players turning in solid performances. Perhaps the best among them was Nate Santos, who scored 21 points along with five rebounds and two steals. Another player making a difference was Kobe Elvis, who dropped a double-double on 21 points and ten assists.

The Rams have been performing incredibly well recently as they've won seven of their last eight contests, which provided a massive bump to their 15-8 record this season. As for the Flyers, their victory bumped their record up to 19-3.

Friday's game is shaping up to be a masterclass in shooting: VCU have been dynamite from deep this season, having made 36.9% of their threes per game. However, it's not like Dayton struggles in that department as they've drained 39.5% of their threes this season. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.

Dayton and the Rams pleased both fans and bettors in their last matches by winning and covering the spread. As for their next game, Dayton is expected to win a tight contest, barring any buzzer beaters. This contest will be their eighth straight as the favorites (so far over this stretch they are 4-3 against the spread).


Dayton is a slight 1.5-point favorite against VCU, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is set at 135.5 points.

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Series History

VCU has won 6 out of their last 10 games against Dayton.

  • Mar 12, 2023 - VCU 68 vs. Dayton 56
  • Feb 07, 2023 - Dayton 62 vs. VCU 58
  • Jan 13, 2023 - VCU 63 vs. Dayton 62
  • Feb 02, 2022 - Dayton 82 vs. VCU 52
  • Jan 05, 2022 - VCU 53 vs. Dayton 52
  • Mar 05, 2021 - VCU 73 vs. Dayton 68
  • Feb 09, 2021 - VCU 76 vs. Dayton 67
  • Jan 23, 2021 - VCU 66 vs. Dayton 43
  • Feb 18, 2020 - Dayton 66 vs. VCU 61
  • Jan 14, 2020 - Dayton 79 vs. VCU 65