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Saint Joseph's Hawks face Dayton Flyers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Saint Joseph's HawksDayton Flyers
13-6January 29, 2014, 07:00 | Dayton Arena13-7

The Dayton Flyers will hit the floor running against the visiting Saint Joseph's Hawks Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Flyers bring a 13-7 record (9-7 ATS) to this tilt against the 13-6 Hawks, who are 7-7-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Dayton go 9-6 so far and the Hawks go 7-8.

View Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Dayton Flyers Odds and Stats.

The Flyers were listed as -6.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Flyers sit at No. 81 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Hawks sit at No. 178 on the same chart.

In their last action, Saint Joseph's was a 77-62 loser on the road against Richmond. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Halil Kanacevic scored 21 points and chipped in with 19 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 77-62 against Richmond in college basketball action at Robins Center.

Dayton lost its last outing, an 88-76 result against Rhode Island on January 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite. Dayton got 17 points from Dyshawn Pierre but lost anyway, 88-76, to Rhode Island on Saturday at Thomas M. Ryan Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Dayton's No. 72-ranked scoring average of 75.55 PPG, against a Hawks defense rated No. 123 and allowing 69.32 PPG. The Flyers FG% has averaged 47.92% to date this season, more than the Hawks shooters have managed so far (47.27% per game).

A few Hawks at Flyers trends to consider:
Saint Joseph's is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Joseph's's last 5 games
Saint Joseph's is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Dayton
Saint Joseph's is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Dayton
Dayton is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Dayton is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dayton's last 6 games
Dayton is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next up:
Saint Joseph's home to Massachusetts, Saturday, February 1st
Dayton at George Washington, Saturday, February 1st