Dayton @ Loyola Chicago 3/1/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Dayton (21-8) at Loyola Chicago (20-8)

Game Info: Friday, March 1st, 2024 at  9 p.m. EST (Gentile Arena)

Betting Odds: Dayton -1.5 (+100) - Over/Under (136.5)

Pick: Dayton -1.5 (+100)

Friday night provides us with a huge game between two solid mid major universities. As the Dayton Flyers will take on the Ramblers of Loyola Chicago in a game that could have plenty of implications on the NCAA tournament. This game will certainly have plenty of implications on the Atlantic 10 conference standings and the seeding for the Atlantic 10 conference tournament as well. Both of these teams have put together 20 win regular seasons, and both of them will look to finish the year strong, and it starts with a solid performance here in this game.

Dayton has put together a fantastic season and they will look to make yet another deep run in the NCAA tournament this year. They come into this game sitting in second place of the Atlantic 10 conference and a victory would go a long way for them as they look to win a regular season conference championship. They come into this game on a Friday night as winners of 21 out of their first 29 games of the season and 12 out of 15 in the Atlantic 10 conferences as well. Dayton has been incredible this year on both ends of the court but it has been their high flying offense that has led them to the success that they are having this season. 

They will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game on Friday night on the road as they look to get a huge résumé boosting victory heading into the opening weekend of March. With the regular season quickly coming to an end it’ll be important for them to rack up as many victories as they can if they want to secure at least an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. They are one of the few top 25 teams in the country that have a winning record on the road this season and they will look to hold through to that narrative with another solid performance here on Friday night. As they look for their second consecutive victory of the season and sole possession of second place in the conference as well.

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Loyola Chicago is a team that has captured the hearts of the nation over the last several seasons and they are looking to do that once again this season. They have put together an incredible campaign, and they will look for a huge résumé boosting victory on Friday night at home against Dayton. A win in this game would greatly improve their chances of landing firmly on the bubble, and grabbing an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, if they were unable to win the Atlantic 10 conference tournament. They have picked up 20 victories throughout their first 28 games of the regular season as they have put together a fantastic year both in and outside of conference play. 

Their stingy play on the defensive end of the court has led to their success as they are only giving up around 67 points per game this season. That is an average they will look to maintain against a high scoring date, and Flyers offense here on Friday night as they look to snap their one game losing streak, and get back into the win column. A victory in this game for Loyola Chicago would keep them in the hunt for a regular season championship and a couple of rest days in the conference tournament as well. As they come into this game with 12 victories in 15 conference games this season.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Dayton is 19-3 as a favorite 

- Loyola Chicago is 0-2 against ranked opponents 

- Loyola Chicago is 5-4 as an underdog 

I expect this to be a close, and competitive contest between these two quality teams throughout the entirety of the game on Friday night. In the end I look for the Dayton Flyers to pick up the victory on the road against Loyola Chicago as they look to keep their top 25 ranking intact heading into the final few weeks of the regular season. Not only do I look for Dayton to pick up the victory in this game, but I also look for them to cover the spread in the process.

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