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Dayton is Going OVER With Ease

The Wichita State Shockers are no stranger to the big dance and have been getting the job done in the opening round lately, as the squad has won its opening game in each of the last four trips to the NCAA tournament. Wichita State opens the Round of 64 against the Dayton Flyers on Friday, where oddsmakers opened the Flyers as 7.5-point home underdogs with a total of 148.

Shark Bites
  • Dayton is 23-4 SU in its last 27 games after a loss.
  • Wichita State is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in its last eight games against the Atlantic 10.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Wichita State's last 10 games after an ATS win.

Despite winning 30 games, Wichita State only earned a 10 seed in the South Region of the tournament. The Shockers are coming off both regular-season and tournament titles in the Missouri Valley Conference. If the Shockers are going to pull off a win, they’ll have to avoid looking ahead to a possible revenge game against No. 2 seed Kentucky. The Shockers fell to the Wildcats in the second round of the 2014 tournament when they were an undefeated No. 1 seed.

Dayton won the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and could do some damage in the tournament thanks to a talented group that consists of seniors Charles Cooke, Kendall Pollard and Scoochie Smith. The Flyers are appearing in their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament.

OVER bettors love tailing Dayton, and for good reason. Eleven of the Flyers’ last 12 affairs have gone OVER the closing total.

Wichita State Shockers vs Dayton Flyers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Dayton Flyers battles the Wichita State Shockers, currently sitting with a 30-4 mark (18-12-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 17-13 for the Dayton Flyers and 17-14 for the Wichita State Shockers.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 26-rated Dayton Flyers and the No. 1-ranked Wichita State Shockers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Wichita State is ranked No. 5 in NCAA basketball at 40.71 per game. Contrast that with Dayton's No. 197 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Dayton is the No. 88-ranked team in the country at 8.1 per game, while Wichita State rates No. 58 at 8.71 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Shockers blew out Illinois State on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 71-51 win at Scottrade Center.

Charles Cooke scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Flyers to a win (they lost 73-67 to Davidson at PPG Paints Arena on Friday).