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Bet Nevada to Win NCAA Opener vs Dayton

Teams will clash in what should be one of the more exciting games of the first round of the NCAA Tournament when the No. 10 Nevada Wolf Pack and No. 7 Dayton Flyers battle on Thursday. Though both the Wolf Pack and Flyers fell in the quarterfinals of their respective conference tournaments, they each finished the regular season strong, placing in the top three of their conferences. Both will now look to begin the NCAA Tournament on a high note as well, and with March Madness picks for March 21 favoring Nevada by just 1½ points, it should be a fight to the end.


Bet Nevada to Win NCAA Opener vs Dayton
Bet Nevada to Win NCAA Opener vs Dayton

Nevada vs Dayton Game Information

  • Game: Nevada (26-7) vs Dayton (24-7)
  • Location: Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Day/Time: Thursday, March 21, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Nevada vs Dayton Live Stream: TBS.com


The Nevada Wolf Pack will hope to build off their strong end to their regular season when they meet the Dayton Flyers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at the Delta Center. NCAA basketball lines favor the Wolf Pack by 1½ points, with the BetUS sportsbook setting the total at 136½ points.


Nevada vs Dayton Odds and Spreads


  • Wolf Pack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
  • Flyers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Flyers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Flyers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
  • Nevada has gone 20-11-0 against the spread.
  • Nevada is 7-3 against the spread and 8-2 overall over its past 10 games.
  • Dayton has gone 4-6 against the spread and 6-4 overall over its past 10 games.
  • Dayton’s ATS record this season is 15-15-0.


Nevada vs Dayton Moneyline Pick: Nevada (-120)

This game should be another can’t-miss one in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. However, the Wolf Pack, favored in March Madness odds, should be able to pull it out in the end.

Aside from an early exit in the Mountain West Conference tournament, Nevada ended the season strong, winning 11 of its last 12 regular-season games. The Wolf Pack scored 70 or more points in 11 of those 12 games, but their defense remained at the forefront as well, limiting teams to 60.8 points a game in that time.

That will be crucial as they meet a top scoring offense in Dayton, which ranks 18th in offensive efficiency and averaged 80 points in its last five games. Though the Flyers are one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation, ranking third shooting it at a 40.2% clip, Nevada should be able to slow them down as it limits teams to a 31.8% 3-point shooting percentage.

The Wolf Pack should also be able to keep up their scoring as Dayton is 88th in defensive efficiency and gave up 75.4 points a game in its last five. With Nevada also being able to rely on more players to score, and its stronger defense, the Wolf Pack should be able to pull out the tight game.



Nevada vs Dayton Player Prop Pick: DaRon Holmes Over 19.5 Points (-108)

DaRon Holmes is Dayton’s primary scorer, averaging 20.4 points this season. He has led the Flyers in scoring in seven of their last eight games as well. Holmes has kept up his pace to close out the regular season, scoring at least 20 points in seven of those last eight games.

Though Nevada is likely to key in on Holmes in the opening round, Holmes has been tough to stop down the stretch and Dayton will need another strong performance from him to keep this opening game close. He has averaged 19.1 points on the road and he is shooting 54.5% from the field. Holmes should be ready for another big game.



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Nevada vs Dayton Prediction

Nevada 73, Dayton 71






Questions Of The Day

Who leads Nevada in scoring?

Jarod Lucas leads the Wolf Pack, averaging 17.8 points.

Will the game go over the total?

With Dayton’s strong offense and average defense, the game could go slightly over the total from the sportsbook.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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