IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. North Dakota State Bison - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota State Bison (13-6) at IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (15-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Dakota State Bison look to move closer to the top of the Summit League with a win at the IUPU-Ft. Wayne Mastodons.
The North Dakota State Bison were pegged as one of the top squads in the Summit and I think that is an accurate assessment with their ability to control the scoreboard. The Bison have won consecutive contests after a 68-57 victory versus the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. NDSU jumped to a 15 point advantage at the half and traded baskets the rest of the way. Defense was key with the Jackrabbits held to less then 29% accuracy which negated their 16 extra shots and made North Dakota State’s 44% shooting a winning effort. Paul Miller paced the NDSU attack with 17 points and six boards while Kory Brown added 14 points, six pulls and seven assists with AJ Jacobson chipping in with eight points and six yanks.
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I don’t know if anybody saw the hot start of the IUPU-Ft. Wayne Mastodons coming but at 15-5 they appear to be for real and we’ll see how things work out going forward. The big offense of the Mastodons has paved the way to wins in eight of ten after a 106-101, overtime victory at Nebraska Omaha on Saturday. The scoreboard says this was all offense with IUPU-FW holding a slight 52%-48.7% shooting edge. The Mavericks sank four more free throws but the Mastodons connected on seven more long balls to escape with the win. Max Landis saved Fort Wayne with a game high 37 points and six pulls with John Konchar adding 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Brent Calhoun and Michael Calder netted 12 points apiece and 14 boards between them with Joe Reed scoring eleven.
The under is 7-1 in NDSU last 8 vs. Summit and NDSU are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games while the Bison are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Summit. IPFW are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 vs. Summit and are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and are 24-9-2 ATS in their last 35 home games. The underdog is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings and NDSU are 1-12 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The home team has won ten straight here so I’ll lay the small chalk…