Dayton Flyers Odds and Betting | Beginner’s Guide

Dayton Flyers Odds & Betting

Dayton Flyers Odds and Betting

If you're a Dayton Flyers fan gearing up for the college basketball season, one way to get even more involved is to get in on some Dayton Flyers betting action. In this guide, we will take you through all the nuances you will need to know before you start preparing your bet slips.

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How to Read Dayton Flyers Odds

Understanding how to read odds is essential to betting on the Flyers in that you will understand the value of the bets you're placing, and will also be in a position to predict your returns. 

Eager as you might be to brush past the details and get to the juicy betting bits, you should take a few moments to study the types of odds. We'll make it as easy as possible. 

Moneyline Odds, or American Odds, is perhaps the most widely used format when it comes to college basketball in the US. Moneyline odds are displayed on the kind of returns you would get on a $100 wager. As for the odds themselves, oddsmakers set markers based on each team's probability of winning, and these numbers are prefixed by either + or -. 

If the odds are a negative number, the team the number is attached to is the favorite, and the number shows you how much you need to wager in order to win $100. If the odds are a positive value, it reflects the money you would make should you place a bet of $100. 

You can always use an odds converter or a moneyline calculator online to see a team's implied probability on their odds. The following example should make it easier for you to understand. 

If the Xavier Musketeers are given odds of -500 to defeat the Dayton Flyers, the number suggests that a wager of $500 will win you $100. However, if the Flyers, coming in with odds of +300, overcome their lopsided recent run against the Musketeers and win, you stand to make a net return of $300 on a $100 bet. 

Essentially, you get rewarded with a bigger purse for taking a bigger risk. From the sportsbook’s point of view, moneyline odds are based on the assumption that most bettors will pick the favorite, and the underdog is simply there to cover the losses should the favorite fall. 

Decimal Odds aren't something you'll stumble upon by default when it comes to NCAA betting. Decimal odds represent the factor by which your stake would multiply if you won, and these odds represent the total payout as opposed to the profit, making calculating significantly easier. 

So, should you multiply your betting amount by the decimal odds, you will have your total bet payout. Let's stay with the Musketeers and the Flyers to decipher these odds. 

Let's say that the Musketeers, as the favorites, have decimal odds of 1.30, while the Dayton Flyers' odds are 3.50. 

What that means is that if you place $100 on the Musketeers, you will make a total of $130, i.e $100 from your original investment and $30 as the profit, if they win. On the other hand, if you place a $100 wager on the Flyers, you stand to pocket $350 - $100 from the original bet and a $250 profit. Essentially, the higher the decimal odds, the less probable it is that a team will win.  

Fractional Odds, most commonly used in horse racing, are represented as fractions and are also correlated to the other formats. 

In fractional odds, the numerator denotes the profit you would make for every value of the denominator that you invest. For example, should the fractional odds for the Flyers against the Musketeers be 4/1, it means that you would win $4 for every $1 you wager on the Flyers. 

The total payout will be $5. As for the Musketeers, with say 1/3 odds, you stand to make $1 for every $3 you bet, so a bet of $10 will fetch you a profit of $3.33, for a total payout of $13.33.

Dayton Flyers Odds and Betting Variations

Having understood the varying texture of Dayton Flyers odds you will come across, it's now essential to understand the types of bets you will encounter during the course of betting on the Dayton Flyers in the upcoming season. 

These variations are different to the straightforward moneyline bets, which are bets on the result of a match and which we've explained in the previous section.

While moneyline bets are great to get a warm feel for the market as a novice, they do tend to get repetitive after a while. If you're at that point, then you should consider one of the following Dayton Flyers odds and betting markets.

Point spreads

Before you think of this as a complex calculation involving jarring fractions, it's nothing but a handicap to reduce the gap between the favorite and the underdog. This also allows bettors to back both sides with a relatively even chance of a decent payout. 

Typically, the favorite - the Musketeers in this case - will assume a negative score on the books, say -10.5. In this example, the Musketeers will have to defeat the Flyers by a margin of more than 10.5 points for your bet to be profitable. As for the Flyers, they need to win the game outright or lose by, at most, 10 points for your bet to be successful.

In short, this is the bookmakers giving the Flyers an advantage of 10.5 points at the beginning of the game. The Musketeers have to beat that score for you to come away with a decent payout. Generally, the margins aren't as massive, meaning the underdog doesn't get such a big advantage, but point spreads do make for a more level betting field. 

Total score bets

These bets, also referred to as Over/ Under bets, are for those in the business of predicting the trajectory of the aggregate points scored in the game. Take a 2021 game between the Flyers and the Musketeers, for instance, which resulted in a 90-61 blowout in favor of the team from Xavier College. The aggregate score was 151. 

In this market, you bet on whether the score will be over or under a number predetermined by the sportsbook. So, if the oddsmaker's aggregate was set at 170 and you predicted that the sum total points scored in the game would be under that, you would win the bet. If you predicted a high-scoring game, over 170, then you would lose the bet.  

Prop bets

Proposition bets are bets placed on the likelihood of certain events occurring during the game without necessarily having a bearing on the game's result itself. In a sense, this is not different from a wager between friends on the smallest of details during the game. These bets focus on small pockets of the game. 

For instance, is the Flyers' Kaleb Washington going to put up 20 points inside the first half? Can Tyrone Baker get more than two blocks in the game? Will coach Anthony Grant pick up another win?


As you get more experienced with Dayton Flyers odds and betting, you can increase your excitement with these multi-level bets. A parlay bet is essentially the ability to bundle bets on events, propositions, and even game results into a single wager with higher combined odds rather than placing small bets on those events individually.

The rider is that you have to win at every single level for the parlay to win, meaning if even one wager loses, you go home empty-handed. 

It is an advanced form of betting because the number of parameters one can engage with during a single Dayton Flyers game is high - but there are plenty of takers because the rewards are enticing. 

For instance, you can combine a bet on the Flyers' odds of winning their game against the Musketeers while predicting that the score will be under 160 in the Dukes vs. Davidson game and pick the Hawks to cover the spread against the Rams.

You would have to shell out a fair bit of money on each of these bets individually, usually for modest returns. Instead, if you put the money on a parlay involving these three bets, you will make bigger profits should they all win. The more picks you add to your parlay, the larger your potential payout grows - as does the risk. 

The odds, which are compounded, will be calculated by converting each leg's odds into the decimal format and multiplying them. 


As the name implies, this involves putting money down on long-term outcomes such as whether the Dayton Flyers will win the title, which teams are most likely to make it to the playoffs, or who is going to finish on top of the points table at the end of the regular season. You can extend these bets to the most valuable players, top scorers, best shot-blockers, and so on. 

And since you get to bet on these Dayton Flyers odds from as early as pre-season in some cases, you stand a good chance to make significant profits. The best part about a futures bet is that you remain interested in the outcome of the competition for far longer, and in doing so, you naturally understand win-loss patterns to a greater degree. 

But it isn't easy because the new lines are released immediately after the end of the season, and that means you have to hope the team you're putting money on qualifies and subsequently wins six straight championship games for the title.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Which division do the Dayton Flyers play in?

The Dayton Flyers play in the NCAA Division I and the Atlantic 10 Conference. They have appeared in Division 1 18 times.

Have any Dayton Flyers players made it to the NBA?

The Flyers have a long list of alumni who have gone on to play in the NBA. Some noteworthy names in recent history are Kostas Antetokounmpo - who played for the Mavericks and then the Lakers - Brian Roberts - who played for the Pelicans, the Hornets, and the Trail Blazers - and Chris Wright - who played for the Warriors and the Bucks.

What format are Dayton Flyers odds presented in?

Most oddsmakers in the United States stick to the moneyline (aka American) format, but should you find the need to convert, there are plenty of calculators available online.

Does it make sense to bet on college basketball rather than the NBA?

Given the number of conferences, teams, and matches in college basketball, there is massive scope for reaping the rewards. Also, the gap between teams in most divisions is never as vast as those sometimes seen in the NBA. So, yes, especially if you're new to the game.