The Dayton Flyers (20-10, 12-5 A-10) and Saint Louis Billikens (19-11, 11-6 A-10) will cross paths for the second time this season.
Dayton took the first meeting, part of their current stretch that’s seen them win five of six. Currently, the Flyers are second in the A-10, and a win tonight would guarantee that they’re alone in that spot, although for tournament seeding #2 is already locked up. Doing so would also secure a winning record on the road for Dayton this season.
Saint Louis began A-10 play 7-1 but has faltered down the stretch. Still, they can grab the three-seed in the A-10 Tournament with a win tonight and a Fordham loss tomorrow. Senior night is also an excellent chance to punctuate a stellar 14-3 season at home.
When the Dayton Flyers hosted the Saint Louis Billikens roughly a month ago, the Flyers were in control en route to a 14-point win. With the venue shifting to Saint Louis, let’s see who will close their season out with a victory.
Dayton vs. Saint Louis Betting Odds
|Dayton||-1.0 (-115)||Over 136.5 (-110)||-120|
|Saint Louis||+1.0 (-105)||Under 136.5 (-110)||+100|
Dayton vs. Saint Louis Match Details
Fixture: Dayton Flyers @ Saint Louis Billikens
Date and Time: Friday, March 3 2023, 7:00 p.m. EST
Venue: Chaifetz Arena
Dayton vs. Saint Louis Key Stats
Dayton’s dominance was thorough in the first matchup with the Billikens. The Flyers shot 47.8% from the floor while holding Saint Louis to 37.7%. Dayton finished with five more rebounds and twice as many free throw attempts that night. They held the lead for the entire second half.
The Flyers don’t score a lot because of their tempo but shoot 47.6% as a team, which not only leads the A-10 but is 33rd nationally. The Dayton Flyers also drain 35.0% of their three-pointers. Dayton’s free throw percentage isn’t quite as strong, as they only hit 69.1% of those.
On defense, they allow the fewest points in the conference at 60.7. The Flyers also force the most misses, limiting foes to 28.7% from three and 39.1% overall. All of the numbers are 11th or higher in the country this season.
Saint Louis’s offense is very efficient, and an up-tempo style leads to 75.6 points per game. The Billikens hit 35.5% of their threes and 46.5% of all field goals, all top-three marks in the A-10.
Defensively, they force a lot of misses, holding teams to 41.2% shooting, which is 48th in the nation. They don’t defend threes as well, allowing opposing teams to hit 33.6% from deep. They also put opponents at the free throw line 19.5 times per game.
Dayton vs. Saint Louis Betting Prediction
While Saint Louis stands a great chance on their home floor, it’s hard to bet against Dayton. They’re arguably the top team in the conference, led by a defense that’s nearly impossible to crack. Offensively, their efficiency is also top-notch, which puts a lot of pressure on their opponents. The Billikens are a quality squad, but not exactly playing their best ball right now. Saint Louis is tougher at home, but not unbeatable. With a tight spread, Dayton will not only win, but also cover.