The St. Louis Billikens will finally be back in action on Tuesday night after a long absence due to COVID-19. St. Louis missed a total of five games during this break, and they will be out to make up for lost time when they host the Dayton Flyers in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup. Let’s dive into tonight’s Dayton at SLU betting pick & preview.
Dayton comes into this matchup with a record of 8-4, and they have gone 4-3 so far in conference action. The Flyers will need to go on a big run over the next few weeks to get into NCAA Tournament consideration.
St. Louis has yet to play a conference game, but this team was off to a great start in non-conference action. The Billikens are 7-1 on the season so far and they continue to be ranked in the Top 25 despite sitting out for a long stretch.
The Saint Louis Billikens are 10.5-point favorites over the Dayton Flyers in this A-10 showdown. Let’s take a look at each team.
Dayton Struggling to Score
The Dayton Flyers are scoring just 67.5 points per game this season, which is in the bottom-third in all of college basketball. Dayton has struggled to shoot the ball, and they will need to find more offense to turn their season around.
Guard Jalen Crutcher leads the team with 18.2 points per game, but he just has not gotten enough help from his teammates. Crutcher hardly ever leaves the floor for the Flyers, but he will have the full attention of the Billikens on Tuesday night.
Dayton has been a solid defensive team and that has allowed them to stay in most games in conference action. The Flyers are holding opponents to just 65 points per game, but they look to slow down the tempo to limit possessions for each team.
SLU Speeding Things Up
The Saint Louis Billikens were scoring points like crazy before the COVID-19 break, and they will look to speed things up against on Tuesday night. SLU was scoring more than 83 points per game, and that team has plenty of offensive weapons.
A trio of guards lead the way for the Billikens, and all three players can really shoot the ball. Javonte Perkins leads the team with 17.8 points per game, and Jordan Goodwin has chipped in with 16.9 points per game.
Saint Louis does not have a ton of size on the interior, but their guard play is hard for opposing teams.
Saint Louis was also holding opponents to less than 65 points per game, and they put a ton of pressure on opposing offenses. The Billikens are a deep team and they will look to wear down the Flyers with their pressure.
Dayton at SLU Betting Pick
There will likely be some rust on the part of the SLU Billikens on Tuesday night, but it shouldn’t take them long to shake it off. Saint Louis is one of the most talented teams in the country and all of their top weapons are expected to be on the court.
Dayton has really struggled to find offense this season, and that is going to be a major issue on Tuesday night. The Flyers were expected to make a deep NCAA Tournament run a season ago, but they simply lost too much talent from that team.
Look for St. Louis to come out and make a statement in this game as they take control of things in the second half. The Billikens will cruise to their first A-10 victory of the season and put the rest of the league on notice.
Bet the Saint Louis Billikens -10.5 over the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday night. Come back to Saint Louis Sports for more SLU news and picks.