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Denver Pioneers vs. North Dakota State Bison - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota State Bison (17-7) at Denver Pioneers (10-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Root Sports

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

The North Dakota State Bison improved to 17-7 (9-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the South Dakota Coyotes, 71-47, this past Saturday. North Dakota State shot 50.0% from the field and 63.6% (14-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Lawrence Alexander who had 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. North Dakota State is ranked 147th in the RPI Standings and has played the 318th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bison have been led by Lawrence Alexander (18.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg) and A.J. Jacobson (10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg). North Dakota State is averaging 65.6 ppg (ranked 214th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 209th). The Bison are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 83rd) on 38.4% three-point shooting (ranked 37th).  North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.9 ppg (ranked 75th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 121st). The Bison pull down 25.29 defensive rpg (ranked 73rd) and have a rebound margin of 2.8 (ranked 98th).

Denver Pioneers vs. North Dakota State Bison - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Pioneers improved to 10-13 (4-6 Summit) on the season after defeating the Omaha Mavericks, 88-74, this past Saturday. Denver shot 69.0% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Cam Griffin who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. Denver is ranked 234th in the RPI Standings and has played the 136th ranked SOS. On the season, the Pioneers have been led by Brett Olsen (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 apg) and Cam Griffin (11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 spg). Denver is averaging 63.7 ppg (ranked 263rd) on 49.3% shooting (ranked 9th). The Pioneers average 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 57th) on 40.2% three-point shooting (ranked 16th). Denver is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg (ranked 126th) on 47.8% shooting (ranked 334th). The Pioneers pull down just 23.04 total rpg (ranked 345th) and have a rebound margin of -5.8 (ranked 333rd).

The Bison are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.  The Pioneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.

Both North Dakota State and Denver heavily depend on the three-pointer and I think the winner of this one will be the team that defends it better. Denver has had a disappointing season and although North Dakota State has struggled a bit on the road, I think they find to win this one outright. I'm taking Denver and the points in this one. 

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