CIT First Rond Nebraska Omaha Mavericks vs. North Dakota Sioux Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/19/14
North Dakota Sioux (17-16) at Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (16-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm (Ralston Sports and Event Center)
The Line: Nebraska Omaha Mavericks -8 -- Over/Under: 164.5 See the Latest Odds
Ralston Arena and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks host a CIT match up with the North Dakota Sioux.
Nebraska-Omaha sort of saw their season get away from them a bit in the final few weeks where they dropped five of six including a one point loss to second seed IPFW in the Summit playoffs. The good news is they are in the CIT and the bad news is they are looking bad. The Mavericks scoring potential is enormous with their top 20 unit averaging 80 points but the flip side is points are a necessity with the defense giving up 74. Not much to say heading in to the CIT except the Mavericks better score....a lot. Everybody plays and everybody scores with CJ Carter leading a bevy of scorers with 14 points.
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North Dakota does one thing well and that's score the basketball but dending the rim is not a specialty with 74 points scored and allowed with opponents connecting at nearly 49%. The Sioux got hot in the final weeks with wins in six of seven before dropping the championship game to Weber State 88-67. Two things are a given when North Dakota takes the floor and that is points will be scored by the Sioux and their opponents. Not much strategy needed headed in to their CIT battle with Nebraska-Omaha because they have to fill the basket and that means the offense has to run through 19 point scorer Troy Huff.
I don't like the way Nebraska-Omaha finished the year and North Dakota can be scary bad on the road so take this with a grain of salt...