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Idaho State vs. North Dakota State - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota State Bison (7-3) at Idaho State Bengals (3-5)

College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)

The Line: Idaho State Bengals +13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota State Bison and the Idaho State Bengals will travel to Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to square off in the Global Sports Hoop Showcase this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The North Dakota State Bison won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-3 (0-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the Montana State Bobcats, 73-64, this past Wednesday. North Dakota State shot 46.7% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Bison held the Bobcats to 40.0% shooting from the field and 36.4% (8-22) shooting from beyond the arc. North Dakota State. North Dakota State outrebounded Montana State by a 39-32 margin and won the turnover battle by a 11-8 margin. Leading the way for North Dakota State was A.J. Jacobson who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Bison have been led by Paul Miller (17.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), A.J. Jacobson (13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Dexter Werner (8.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 bpg). Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 71.4 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field and 31.8% from beyond the arc. The Bison average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.14. Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 44.7% shooting. The Bison have a rebound margin of -2.1 ad a turnover margin of 4.2.

Idaho State vs. North Dakota State - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Idaho State Bengals dropped to 3-5 (0-0 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Utah Valley Wolverines, 100-76, on December 12th. Idaho State struggled defensively in the loss and never made much of a comeback after being down 50-33 at the end of the 1st half. Idaho State shot 40.3% from the field and 40.0% (10-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bengals allowed the Wolverines to shoot 51.9% from the field and 44.4% from three-point range. Leading the way for the Bengals was Ali Farug-Bey who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Bengals have been led by Ali Faruq-Bey (16.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg), Ethan Telfair (14.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.4 spg), and Geno Luzcando (10.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Offensively, Idaho State is averaging 76.0 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field and 38.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bengals average 10.3 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 0.89. Defensively, Idaho State is allowing their opponents to average 83.8 ppg on 48.3% shooting. The Bengals have a rebound margin of -6.1 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The Bison are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 neutral site games however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bengals are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.

The Bison lost the best player in the Summit League last year in Lawrence Alexander, however had had nice start of their season as they are really getting the job done on the defensive end. Idaho State lost their top two scorers from last year’s team and although this team can certainly do some damage from beyond the arc, they have really struggled on the defensive end. This is a lot of points for the Bison to cover, however, after seeing Utah Valley put up 100 on Idaho State, I think the Bison will be able to find enough offensive to go with their steady defense to cover this spread. Take North Dakota State to cover. 

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