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Dayton Flyers vs. Colorado Buffaloes
Where and when: National Invitational Tournament, CU Events Center, Boulder, Colorado, Tuesday, 11 pm EST
The Dayton Flyers will travel to the CU Event Center in Boulder, Colorado, for a Tuesday night National Invitational Tournament showdown versus the Colorado Buffaloes beginning at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Colorado Buffaloes fell to the top-seeded team in the Pac-12 in the Washington Huskies in their last time out as they lost their way after obtaining a six-point halftime lead. Nonetheless, the Huskies were able to pull things together in the second half while outscoring Colorado by 11 during this time en route to the victory.
The Dayton Flyers also fell to the Saint Louis Billikens in the semi finals of the Atlantic 10 tournament as they also relinquished a slim, one-point lead at the half only to be outscored by 10 in the second half. Jalen Crutcher along with Jordan Davis were the only two double-digit scorers for the Flyers in the contest with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Bey leads Buffaloes in losing effort versus Huskies
And while the defense for the Buffaloes certainly stepped up versus an inconsistent offensive team in the Washington Huskies in allowing just 39% shooting, the offense for Colorado did not do its part as they ended the game shooting 32% from the perimeter as Tyler Bey was the only double-digit scorer with 22 points. He also pulled down 16 rebounds in the contest as Colorado outrebounded Washington by a 39 – 24 margin.
McKinley Wright IV went just 1-10 on the night for the Buffaloes while ending with seven points along with seven rebounds in their last time out. And despite his lackluster effort, Wright continues to average 14 points per game for Colorado while also shooting a tad under 50% from the perimeter on a nightly basis. Bey is a six foot seven versatile guard that is averaging 13 points along with 10 rebounds per game who also shoots 54% from the floor.
Head coach in Tad Boyle Had much praise for Bey in his performance in a losing effort versus the Washington Huskies. He remarked in a press conference that his play along with his attitude has been a “true sign of his character” as he played his heart out. Of course, he will certainly be looking for his team to exhibit the same type of toughness, beginning with their matchup versus the Flyers on Tuesday.
Toppin struggles in loss to Saint Louis
The Dayton Flyers ended the game shooting 44% versus the Saint Louis Billikens. However, turned the ball over 14 times throughout the contest while also being outrebounded by Saint Louis, as well. As stated, Crutcher and Davis led the team with 18 and 12 points while the remainder of the starting five went a combined 6 – 19 from the floor. in defeat.
Leading scorer in Obi Toppin went 3-9 on the night light ending with seven points as the Flyers ended the season going 2-2 in their last four outings, overall. However, Dayton has won four-straight road games and will certainly be looking for a win in an all-important matchup versus the Colorado Buffaloes.
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“We’re excited we get a chance to continue to play,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “We’re happy for Josh (Cunningham) and Jack (Westerfield) that they get a chance to continue their careers and play with their brothers, and obviously, for our team, we’ve got a lot of young guys and the chance to play in the postseason and gain that experience and the chance to compete for a championship, all those things are a positive things. I think it’s a great opportunity for us.”
In all, look for Dayton to rely on their solid defensive prowess in which to limit offensive opportunities for Colorado in this contest. Also, despite their current offensive struggles, Dayton shoots 50% as a team on the year while averaging just over 72 points per game.
- Under is 20-7 in COLO last 27 overall.
- COLO is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Over is 7-3-1 in DAY last 11 road games.
- Over is 11-5 in DAY last 16 Tue. games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While the Flyers have certainly gained a huge amount of momentum to wind down the season, the Colorado Buffaloes have done so, as well. In fact, they put themselves in a perfect position in which to upset the Washington Huskies in the Pac-12 simi’s; However, were not able to maintain their momentum in the second half in suffering the defeat. Look for them to rebound from their loss as I am sure that they will be more than ready to get back onto the floor in which to pick up a victory in the first round of the NIT.
Prediction: Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -180
Full-Game Total Pick
The under has been the play in three of the last five games for the Dayton Flyers, overall. On the other hand, the under has been the result in the prior five games for the Colorado Buffaloes. Also, when one considers that each of these squads are allowing just 41%, or less, shooting to opponents on a nightly basis along with under 70 points per game, they should really look for the total to not surpass its set limit amongst these two teams on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Pick: Under 139
Full-Game Prop Bet
Look for the Colorado Buffaloes to break this game open at some points while also covering the 4 points versus a Dayton team that continues to labor on the offensive end. And while the Flyers will certainly bring their defense for this showdown, look for the surging Colorado Buffaloes to show some toughness and heart on the offensive end in which to pick up the opening round NIT victory.
Prediction: Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -4
Half-Time Side Pick
Look for Colorado to control of the pace of this game enough early on in which to go into the break with a small lead advantage. Bey has certainly shined for the home team in recent outings while Wright IV also remains to be a dangerous, yet streaky shooter as well. In all, look for Colorado to have the upper hand as the first half comes to a close as they will cover the small point spread.
Prediction: Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -2
Half-Time Total Bet
The Flyers will certainly run into some issues in looking to find quality looks versus the Colorado Buffaloes. On the other hand, the Buffaloes have also had a tendency to be a bit inconsistent, at times. With that being the case, look for the under to be the strong play in this contest as I happen to believe that both teams will run into problems in scoring consistently in this matchup, particularly, early on.
Prediction: Pick: Under 65
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Again, Colorado is simply the better team that is playing much better basketball at this point in the season. In all, look for the Buffaloes to cash in on the money line at the half due to their ability to play much better defensively versus an up-and-down offense for the Flyers.
Prediction: Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -155