March Madness betting anticipation is growing for an outstanding final two rounds of the National Invitational Tournament with plenty of surprises with the March Madness betting line. The Dayton Flyers are one of the March Madness betting surprises of the NIT that could go all the way to the championship at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Dayton has been one of the hottest teams on the board for those who bet on March Madness as they have won and covered all three of their NIT matchups. Dayton opened NIT March Madness betting action with a 63-42 win over Illinois State as 7.5-point home chalks as Chris Johnson led them with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Dayton’s defense was tough as it held Illinois State to 33% shooting from the floor. Dayton’s second March Madness betting win was at Cincinnati as they scored an 81-66 win over the Bearcats as 3-point dogs. Marcus Johnson led the Flyers with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Flyers held Cincinnati to 33% shooting from the floor. Dayton then scored its third March Madness betting payout at Illinois in a 77-71 win as 3-point dogs. Chris Johnson was again the hero with 18 points and 7 rebounds while Marcus Johnson tallied 11 points and 7 boards.
The Dayton defense was again a March Madness betting asset as it held the Illini to 38% shooting from the floor. Dayton’s defense ranked in the upper ten percent nationally for points permitted and was a major reason that the Flyers finished in second place in the Atlantic 10 for the regular season.
Chris Wright is the team’s leading scorer with 13.8 points per game along with the top rebound man at 7.1 per game. Dayton has an overall record of 23-12 straight up and 17-15 against the spread. They were 6-4 against the spread as a dog and 8-8 against the number away from home.