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North Dakota State Bison vs. Denver Pioneers - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Pioneers (9-11) at North Dakota State Bison (13-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Arena)

North Dakota St. Bison -6.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Pioneers will travel to Scheels Arena to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Denver Pioneers dropped to 9-11 (3-4 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Omaha Mavericks 80-69 this past Saturday. Denver allowed Omaha to shoot 56.1% from the field and was outrebounded by a 34-18 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Brett Olson who had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Denver is ranked 223rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 152nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Pioneers have been led by Brett Olson (12.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Cam Griffin (12.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, Denver is averaging 64.2 ppg (ranked 258th) on 49.3% shooting (ranked 10th). The Pioneers average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 49th) on 39.8% three-point shooting (ranked 18th). Defensively, Denver is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg (ranked 129th) on 47.4% shooting (ranked 331st). The Pioneers are allowing opponents to shoot 39.0% from beyond the arc (ranked 334th) and grab just 23.4 total rpg (ranked 345th). Cam Griffin is questionable due to a suspension.

North Dakota State Bison vs. Denver Pioneers -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bisons dropped to 13-7 (5-2 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the IPFW Mastodons 77-71 this past Saturday. North Dakota State allowed IPFW to shot 50.9% from the field and committed 22 fouls in the loss. Leading the way for the Bison was A.J. Jacobson who had 17 points and 4 rebounds. North Dakota State is ranked 171st in the RPI Standings and has played the 292nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bison have been led by Lawrence Alexander (18.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 apg) and A.J. Jacobson (11.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 65.8 ppg (ranked 209th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 219th). The Bison average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 110th) and commit only 9.8 turnovers per game (ranked 6th). Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg (ranked 110th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 130th). The Bison are allowing their opponents to shoot 37.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 301st) and grab 34.25 total rpg (ranked 197th).

The Pioneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. The Bison are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Denver was projected to be one of the best in the Summit this year however, have really struggled so far this season. To make matters worse, Denver has been without one of their leaders, Cam Griffin, due to a suspension. North Dakota State lost a lot from last year’s NCCA tournament team as they have an above average defensive and protect the ball on the offensive end. If Denver is missing Cam Griffin again, I think that North Dakota State wins this one on their home floor by 10. Take North Dakota State to cover. 

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