Oklahoma Vs Dayton March Madness Betting Line & Final Score PredictionJosh Bailey
The 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers have played an extra game than the third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners and most of the remaining March Madness field. They started the NCAA tournament at home, literally, in the First Four in Dayton. Then they traveled 70 miles up I-70 to Columbus, which is as close to a home game a team can get during March Madness. There they dispatched 6th-seeded Providence. Talk about the underdog as the Flyers have just seven players in the rotation, none over 6-6. But they’ll have several thousand sixth men.
The Sooner-faithful should be worried as Oklahoma did in no way blow out No. 14 seed Albany Great Danes and now they face a Flyers team that believe they have the x-factor to beat almost any squad.
A Closer Look At The Oklahoma Sooners Vs Dayton Flyers March Madness Betting Line & Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (11) Dayton Flyers vs (3) Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Mar. 22, 2015
Start Time: 6:10 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Nationwide Arena
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: Dayton Vs Oklahoma
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Oklahoma Will Cover the Spread If
The Sooners don’t get caught up in a half-court battle.
14 seeded Albany gave Oklahoma all that it could handle in the Sooners 69 to 60 win in the first round of the tournament on Friday. Albany played Oklahoma to an even 32 to 32 second half. The Sooners outscored Albany by 9 in the first half on their way to a 69 to 60 victory.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 22, 2015
It wasn’t an impressive performance by the third seed in the East Region. Buddy Heild, one of the top players in the Big 12 during the regular season, hit 6 out of 16 shots from the field and a horrendous 3 out of 11 from behind the arc. Heild’s issues, and Oklahoma’s lack of scoring, can be traced to Albany forcing Oklahoma into a half-court game. Oklahoma has to speed it up against Dayton, another team that likes to play in the half-court, if they hope to have any shot of covering the spread on Sunday.
Oklahoma Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G Jordan Woodard, 6-0, So., 9.0 ppg, 4.1 apg
- G Buddy Hield, 6-4, Jr., 17.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
- G Isaiah Cousins, 6-4, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
- F Ryan Spangler, 6-8, Jr., 10.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg
- F TaShawn Thomas, 6-8, Sr., 11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg
- Coach: Lon Kruger (fourth season)
Dayton Will Cover the Spread If
The Flyers can match the Sooners intensity for a full 40.
A crystal clear observation came to light in Dayton’s 66 to 53 win over Providence on Friday night well before the final whistle. The Flyers wanted it more. Dayton, a team that fought Boise State tooth and nail to a 56 to 55 victory just to garner the 11 seed in the East Region, came back two days later and out fought one of the participants in the Big East Tournament Championship.
Will Dayton have anything left on Sunday? It’s tough to count the Flyers out considering that they are playing in front of their fans. The game will be played in Columbus, Ohio. If Dayton does bring the same energy to the game on Sunday that they had on Friday night, Oklahoma could be in some trouble. Although the Flyers don’t score a lot of points, they’re very good defensively and they run picture perfect screens in order to free their top scorer, sharp shooter Jordan Seibert. Forward Dyshawn Pierre can slash to the basket as well as create his own shot. The Flyers have to be energetic on both ends of the court. If they are, they’ll cover the spread.
Dayton Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:
- G Jordan Sibert, 6-4, Sr., 16.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
- G Scoochie Smith, 6-2, So., 8.9 ppg, 3.9 apg
- G Kyle Davis, 6-0, So., 7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg
- F Dyshawn Pierre, 6-6, Jr., 12.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg
- F Kendall Pollard, 6-6, So., 12.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg
- Coach: Archie Miller (fourth season)