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North Dakota State vs. Nebraska Omaha - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (10-6) at North Dakota State Bison (11-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Arena)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MeTV North Dakota

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

The Omaha Mavericks won their 4th straight game and improved to 10-6 (2-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the IUPUI Jaguars, 76-71, this past Sunday. Omaha shot 47.5% from the field and 78.9% (15-19) from the FT line however, struggled form beyond the arc as they made just 21.4% (3-14) of their three-pointers. The Mavericks held the Jaguars to 44.8% shooting from the field and just 6.7% (1-15) shooting from beyond the arc. Omaha was outrebounded by IUPUI by a 37-32 margin and committed 16 turnovers in the contest. Leading the way for Omaha was Devin Patterson who had 24 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by Devin Patterson (16.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), Jake White (16.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and Tre’Shawn Thurman (14.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, Omaha is averaging 76.8 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field and 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mavericks average 8.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.31. Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 80.9 ppg on 46.6% shooting. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -6.3 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

North Dakota State vs. Nebraska Omaha - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-4 (1-0 Summit) on the season after easily defeating the Denver Pioneers, 75-49, this past Sunday. North Dakota State led 35-27 at halftime and used a strong defensive 2nd half to limit the Pioneers to just 22 2nd half points to secure the victory. North Dakota State was outstanding offensively as they shot 61.7% from the field and 66.7% (8-12) from beyond the arc. The Bison held the Pioneers to just 20.0% (3-15) three-point shooting and outrebounded Denver by a 28-14 margin. Leading the way for North Dakota State was Paul Miller who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Bison have been led by Paul Miller (16.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 apg), A.J. Jacobson (13.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Dexter Werner (8.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 72.7 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field and 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bison average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of1.27. Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Bison have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of 4.2.

The Mavericks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Bison are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Summit opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Omaha has played well as of late and really has their offense producing at a high level as they rank 14th in the country in scoring offense and 82nd in the country in FG %. North Dakota State is once against one of the Summit favorites this season and has been outstanding on the defensive end as they rank 32nd in the country in scoring defense. Omaha is playing well but they have one of the worst defenses in the country and depend on their offense putting up major points to pull out victories. Scheels Arena is a tough place for opponents to play and as I think the North Dakota State defense will be able to slow down the Mavericks offense, I think the Bison, behind strong efforts from Paul Miller and A.J. Jacobson, will be able to cover this spread at home. Take North Dakota State to cover. 

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