Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-1) vs Dayton Flyers (4-2)Date : 11/30/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Dayton Flyers
The 25th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs will travel to the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, to face the Dayton Flyers on Friday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Dayton. After starting the season at 4-0, the Dayton Flyers have since lost two straight games after a 65-54 neutral-site lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in the battle for Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas last weekend as they shot 32% from the field while the Sooners finished 41% along with nailing 6 of 18 3-point attempts for the night.
On the other hand, Mississippi State has been on a tear to start the season as they are winners of their last two games with their last victory coming over the Alcorn State Braves as they picked up the 88 – 65 home win on November 26th as the Bulldogs scored 44 points both in the first and second halves while holding the Alcorn State Braves to 37% shooting on the night along with 23% shooting for 3-point range.
Mississippi State Bulldogs's Latest Performance :
The Mississippi State Bulldogs come in on the opposite spectrum of the win-loss column as they have won two straight games the last of which being a blowout versus the Braves of Alcorn State as the Bulldogs shot 61% for the night while also nailing 14 – 33 point attempts as they were led by Lamar Peters and Reggie Perry with 17 and 16 points, respectively. On the other hand, the defense allowed the Braves to only shoot 37% from the floor for the night while giving up only seven of 33 three point attempts for the night.
And while the Mississippi State offense continues to play relatively solid, they have had a tendency to struggle, at times, while relying on the defense, ranked in the top 50 in the country in points allowed per game along with shooting percentage allowed, in which to keep them in games. with that being said, Mississippi State will look to extend their stellar play versus a Dayton team that remains dangerous, despite their mini losing streak to begin 2018.
Dayton Flyers's Latest Performance :
As stated, Dayton started off the season in outstanding fashion in 2018 as they were able to pick up their first four win of the season by averaging 78 points per game while holding opponents to only 66 points per outing. In their last two games, however, the Flyers have only been able to average 57 points on offense while their defense has remained solid in allowing their opponents to score 66 points during this time as they have went winless due to their ability to remain consistent on the offensive end.
In their last outing versus Oklahoma, Dayton shot awful from both the field as well as from 3-point range, as stated, as they were led by Jalen Crutcher, who went 5-18 from the floor on the night while ending with 14 points in the loss for the Flyers. As stated, Dayton’s defense remained solid throughout the game as the Sooners struggled from the field in shooting 41% for the night while being led by Christian James with 21 points as he went 8-15 from the floor while also nailing 4-8 3-point attempts in the win for the Sooners.
How Mississippi State Bulldogs & Dayton Flyers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Mississippi state is 2 – 4 ATS while the OU is 2 – 4
Dayton is 3 – 3 ATS while the OU si 2-4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting game in that you have a Dayton team that will be looking to get back on the winning track versus one of the more solid defensive teams in the country in the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Of course, Mississippi State will want to slow down this game in which to grind it out on both ends of the floor, however, the Dayton Flyers will look to pick up the pace a bit in which two get their offense clicking with easy baskets through transition. Keep in mind that the Flyers have averaged only 55 points in their last two outings and will certainly look to establish themselves on the offensive end early versus a defensive-minded squad in Mississippi State.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Dayton Flyers + 3.5
My reason for the pick :
I will pick the Dayton Flyers in this matchup in that despite their performance in the last two outings, they remain one of the better teams in the country that possesses a solid mix of talent and experience that can really change the complexity of a game at critical points. With that being the case, expect them to play better than normal in this matchup in which to come out of their current funk, while Mississippi State and their inconsistent offense will find it difficult to put points on the board for much of the game.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 135.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the under in this matchup in that you will have a solid defense in Mississippi State going up against a struggling offense in Dayton. On the other hand,the Dayton defense, which is allowing only 65 points per game in 2018, will be going up against a Mississippi State offense that has also had a tendency to struggle at times in this young season. With that being the case, look for this to be a low-scoring yet very competitive game on Friday night as both teams will be itching to pick up a victory.
Betting trends for Mississippi State Bulldogs:
- Bulldogs are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 Fri. games.
Bulldogs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
Under is 8-3 in Bulldogs last 11 Fri. games.
Betting trends for Dayton Flyers:
- Flyers are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
Flyers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 vs. Southeastern.
Over is 12-5 in Flyers last 17 home games