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North Dakota State vs. Denver - 3/7/15 Summit Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Pioneers (12-17) at North Dakota State Bison (20-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Denver Pioneers and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in the Summit quarterfinal.

The Denver Pioneers look for a win after losing five of their last eight. On the season, Denver is averaging 62.6 points on 48.4 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Brett Olson is averaging 13.6 points and three assists while Cam Griffin is averaging 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Nate Engesser is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Byrd is dishing 1.9 assists. The Denver Pioneers have four players averaging at least 8.7 points, and they’re shooting 76.9 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Denver is allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five straight games.

North Dakota State vs. Denver - 3/7/15 Summit Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine. On the season, NDSU is averaging 64.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 62.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Lawrence Alexander is averaging 19.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while A.J. Jacobson is averaging 11.5 points and 1.8 assists. Kory Brown is dishing 1.7 assists and Dexter Werner is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The North Dakota State Bison have four players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 70.5 percent from the line and 39 percent from deep. Defensively, NDSU is allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in six of its last 10 games.

The Pioneers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games. The Bison are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 neutral site games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. 

North Dakota State is by far the better team here and has what it takes to win the whole Summit tournament. Take the Bison with high confidence. 

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North Dakota State Bison -2

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