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Denver vs. Nebraska Omaha - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (12-7) at Denver Pioneers (10-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Omaha Mavericks will travel to Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Omaha Mavericks had their six game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-7 (4-1 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the IPFW Mastodons, 106-101 in OT, this past Saturday. Omaha was able to fight back from a 50-37 halftime deficit to force overtime however, but allowed a key three-pointer to be made by the Mastodons Michael Calder late in OT and couldn’t pull out the win. Omaha shot 48.7% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 22-13 margin. The Mavericks allowed the Mastodons to shoot 52.0% from the field and was outrebounded by IPFW by a 42-33 margin. Leading the way for Omaha was Tra-Deon Hollins who had 23 points, 13 assists, 8 steals, and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by Devin Patterson (18.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 spg), Tre’Shawn Thurman (14.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 bpg), and Tra-Deon Hollins (11.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.9 apg, 4.3 spg). Offensviely, Omaha is averaging 85.9 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field and 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mavericks average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06. Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 79.9 ppg on 43.7% shooting. The Mavericks average 9.9 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.8.

Denver vs. Nebraska Omaha - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Pioneers dropped to 10-9 (2-4 Summit) on the season after being defeating by the IUPUI Jaguars, 76-61, this past Saturday. Denver went down by a 30-23 margin at halftime and allowed IUPUI to go on an 11-0 run to start the 2nd half to put this one out of reach. Denver shot 46.3% from the field and 47.4% (9-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Pioneers allowed the Jaguars to shoot an incredible 69.2% from the field and 66.7% (8-12) from three-point range. Leading the way for Denver was Marcus Byrd who had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Pioneers have been led by Nate Engesser (13.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Joe Rosga (12.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and Marcus Byrd (8.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, Denver is averaging 65.1 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field and 38.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Pioneers average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22. Defensively, Denver is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting. The Pioneers average 6.4 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.2.

The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Pioneers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

This game will featured two teams with very different styles of play as Omaha likes to get the tempo up and put lots of points on the board while Denver will try to slow it down and keep the game low scoring. Omaha has shown that they can play with the best teams in the Summit this season, both home and on the road, and although Denver was able to beat Omaha last year at Magness Arena, I just don’t see the Pioneers having enough offense to keep up with the Mavericks. Take Omaha to cover. 

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