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IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. Denver Pioneers - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Pioneers (7-8) at IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (7-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Gates Sports Center)

The Line: IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: HTSN

The Denver Pioneers and IPFW Mastodons will face off at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum this Thursday night.

The Denver Pioneers dropped to 7-8 (1-1 Summit) on the season after getting defeated by the South Dakota Coyotes 74-69 at home this past Sunday. Denver couldn’t hang on to an 11 point lead in the second half of this one and allowed the Coyotes to shoot 53.8% (7-13) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Denver was Brett Olson who had 24 points and 2 assists. On the season, Denver is ranked 219th in the RPI Standings and has played the 153rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Pioneers have been led by Brett Olson (13.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg) and Cam Griffin (12.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, Denver is averaging 64.7 ppg (ranked 254th) on 49.1% shooting (ranked 17th). The Pioneers are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 29th) on 40.4% three-point shooting (ranked 13th). Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to score an average of 64.0 ppg (ranked 131st) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 317th). The Pioneers are grabbing 19.8 defensive rpg (ranged 338th) and 24.4 total rpg (ranked 345th).

IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. Denver Pioneers - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The IPFW Mastodons fell to 7-8 (0-2 Summit) on the season after losing 63-58 to the IUPUI Jaguars this past Sunday. The Mastodons shot only 36.0% from the field while allowing the Jaguars to shoot 47.3% in the loss. Leading the way for IPFW was Joe Edwards who had 17 points and 3 rebounds. The Mastodons are currently ranked 283rd in the RPI Standings and have played the 272nd ranked SOS. On the season, IPFW have been led by Steve Forbes (13.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg) and Isaiah McCray (10.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, the Mastodons are averaging 70.5 ppg (ranked 122nd) on 45.6% shooting (ranked 82nd). IPFW struggles from the free-throw line as they are currently shooting 65.1% as a team which ranks 275th in the country. Defensively, the Mastodons are allowing their opponents to score an average of 67.9 ppg (ranked 218th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 260th). IPFW averages 25.07 defensive rpg (ranked 121st) and 33.8 total rpg (ranked 228th).

The Pioneers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Mastodons are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Summit League opponents and 15-6-2 ATS in their last 23 home games.

Denver was one of the pre-season favorites in the Summit League this year however, due to some inconsistent play, have been hovering around the .500 mark all season. Although Denver’s defensive in the second half of the South Dakota game is something to worry about, I think they will be ready for this match-up as they don’t want to fall to 1-2 in conference play. Outside of a close lost to Valpo, the Mastodons haven’t shown much this season as 3 of their wins came against non-Division I opponents. I think Brett Olsen and Cam Griffin will find a way for Denver to win this road game and cover the small spread. Take Denver to cover. 

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