North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (6-7) at North Dakota State Bison (8-5)
College Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Arena)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and North Dakota State Bison play Friday night at the Scheels Arena.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have split their last six games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Oral Roberts is averaging 64.1 points on 38.1 percent shooting and is allowing 69.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Obi Emegano is averaging 16.2 points and 2.5 assists while Korey Billbury is averaging 14.1 points and seven rebounds. Denell Henderson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds and Bobby Word is shooting 36.3 percent from the field. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are an inconsistent offensive team that’s shooting 72.4 percent from the free throw line and 30.5 percent from downtown. Oral Roberts has however scored a combined 171 points in its last two games. Defensively, Oral Roberts is forcing 12.4 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 35.5 percent from deep.
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The North Dakota State Bison hope to keep things going as they’ve won four of their last five games. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 61.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Lawrence Alexander is averaging 16.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while A.J. Jacobson is averaging 10.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Kory Brown is the third play averaging double-digit points and Dexter Werner is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The North Dakota State Bison rely on their defense that’s allowed 59 or less points in five straight games and is holding teams to 35.4 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, North Dakota State is shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 35.7 percent from deep.
The Golden Eagles are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Summit. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
North Dakota State's defense and the home crowd will be the difference here. Look for the Bison to win and cover the small number.