The Buffaloes and Flyers Come Into Tourney Playing Well
The Dayton Flyers and the Colorado Buffaloes will on Tuesday when they at Coors Events Center. They will be playing in the 2019 Postseason NIT. Colorado and Dayton have had near-identical seasons with both finishing strong.
TV: 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2 LINE: Colorado 4.5; O/U: 139.5.
Colorado is one of the four No. 4 seeds in the 32-team field. Dayton, out of the Atlantic 10 Conference, is seeded fifth. The Buffs feature five freshmen and sophomores among the top seven players in their rotation. They have won 10 of their last 13 games. That includes two wins in the Pac-12 Tournament before losing to top-seeded Washington in the semifinals. Now they get a chance to play more basketball after earning their eighth postseason berth in head coach Tad Boyle’s nine seasons.
The Dayton Flyers were 21-11 overall this season. This is their second season under coach Anthony Grant. The team has gotten better, and the Flyers have won nine of their last 13 games. They finished third in the Atlantic 10 and were ousted by eventual champion Saint Louis in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Forward Obadiah Toppin averages 14.2 points per game to lead the team. Forward Josh Cunningham (13.6), guard Jalen Crutcher (13.1) and forward Ryan Mikesell (10.0) also average double digits. Dayton ranks third in the nation with a 50.3 field-goal percentage. They leads the Atlantic 10 with 16.5 assists and ranks second in rebounding margin at 2.9 per game. The Flyers have won seven of their 10 true road games.
The Colorado Buffaloes were 21-12 during the regular season. The Buffs’ strong finish has mirrored the late-season emergence of swingman Tyler Bey. He leads the team with 13.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Bey had 22 points and 16 boards in the 66-61 tourney loss to Washington. He has posted six double-doubles in his last eight games. Guards McKinley Wright IV (13.1 points) and Shane Gatling (10.3) also average double figures.The Buffaloes average 73.9 points a game and leads the Pac-12 with a 6.6 rebound margin. The Buffaloes are 13-2 at home this season. That includes a current six-game win streak.
PREDICTION: Colorado 73, Dayton 64
2019 NIT Betting Odds & Trends
|Dayton is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Dayton is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games|
|Dayton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Dayton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|Dayton is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Dayton’s last 12 games on the road|
|Colorado is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games|
|Colorado is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado’s last 7 games|
|Colorado is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home|
|Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games at home|
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