Dayton @ VCU 2/9/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Dayton (19-3) at VCU (15-8)

Game Info: Friday, February 9th, 2024 at  7 p.m. EST (Siegel Center)

Betting Odds: Dayton -1.5 (-110) - Over/Under (134.5)

Pick: Dayton -1.5 (-110)

Friday night we will have a huge mid-major matchup on the books as Dayton travels to the state of Virginia to play VCU in this huge Atlantic 10 conference matchup. this game will have plenty of implications on the NCAA tournament and the Atlantic 10 conference tournament as well and it could very well determine the regular season champion of the conference in the process. Both of these teams have put together a quality regular season, and both of them will look for a résumé building victory with a quality performance here on Friday night. 

Dayton is certainly proving themselves to be a legitimate threat within the Atlantic 10 conference this season. They come to this game with 19 victories through their first 22 games of the regular season and they will look for their 20th victory of the year here on Friday night on the road against VCU. Dayton has been a perennial NCAA tournament team over the last decade plus and they will look to make another appearance in the NCAA tournament with a strong finish to this season as well. 

Dayton has one of the best defenses in the country this season as they are only giving up around 65 points per game, which has led to plenty of their success throughout the year. They are shutting down their opponents on the defensive end of the court, and putting up buckets on the offensive end of the court. It has led them to their victories, and they will look to use that same formula for number 20 here on Friday night. They come into this game on a three game winning streak and as winners of four out of their last five on the season.

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VCU has put together a successful regular season for themselves and they will look to add a résumé building win here on Friday night at home against Dayton. VCU comes into this game with 15 victories on the season and seven of those have come within the Atlantic 10 conference. They win in this game for VCU would put them one game back of Dayton for the top spot in the Atlantic 10 conference heading into the final few weeks of the regular season. As it would keep their hopes alive of winning a regular conference championship and securing the number one seed in the conference tournament as well. 

VCU comes into this game with a rather stingy defense as they are only giving up around 65 points per game this season. That is the same amount that Dayton is giving up this season, and this game should be a defensive battle throughout the entirety of the contest. This game will certainly come down to which team can make their shots on the offensive end of the court and still find a way to put up points on the board, despite facing the top defense in the country. VCU has had some success of their own as of late winning their last two games in a row and four out of their last five on the season. They will look for a third consecutive victory here at home on Friday night against Dayton as they look to get one step closer to clinching their spot as an at-large team in the NCAA tournament.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Dayton is 5-2 on the road 

- VCU is 2-4 as an underdog 

- Dayton is 16-1 as a favorite 

I expect this to be a close and competitive contest throughout the game, but in the end, I look for Dayton to pick up the victory on the road against VCU here on Friday night. As I look for the talent gap to shine here in this game on Friday night, and for Dayton to pull away from VCU in the end, in a game that could come down to the final seconds, and potentially even go into overtime. Regardless of whether this goes into OT or not in the end, I look for Dayton to pick up the win and cover the spread here in this one

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