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North Dakota State vs. IPFW - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (19-6) at North Dakota State Bison (15-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Scheels Arena)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MeTV North Dakota

The IPFW Mastodons will travel to Scheels Arena to take on the North Dakota State Bison in College Basketball action this Saturday night.

The IPFW Mastodons won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-6 (8-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the South Dakota Coyotes, 95-82, this past Thursday. IPFW got a huge game from Max Landis and had no problem cruising to victory after getting a 19-point lead in the 2nd half. IPFW shot 55.7% from the field and 55.6% (20-36) from beyond the arc. The Mastodons allowed the Coyotes to shoot 45.6% from the field and outrebounded South Dakota by a 36-32 margin. Leading the way for IPFW was Max Landis who had 44 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Mastodons have been led by Max Landis (18.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Mo Evans (16.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.1 spg), and John Konchar (12.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 spg). Offensively, IPFW is averaging 79.8 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field and 41.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mastodons average 10.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, IPFW is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 45.0% shooting. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

North Dakota State vs. IPFW - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison improved to 15-8 (5-4 Summit) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 67-63, this past Thursday. North Dakota State was down 57-51 with about six minutes left to play, but was able to get some key defensive stops and was able to fight back to get the win. North Dakota State shot 51.0% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Bison allowed the Golden Eagles to shoot 49.1% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from three-point range. Leading the way for North Dakota State was A.J. Jacobson who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, the Bison have been led by Paul Miller (16.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), A.J. Jacobson (12.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Kory Brown (10.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 71.7 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bison average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover of 1.13. Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to average 65.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Bison have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Mastodons are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game and 39-13-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss however, just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall.

IPFW has been outstanding this season as the Mastodons have been getting it done on the offensive end as they rank 38th in the country in scoring offense and 8th in 3P FG%. North Dakota State has struggled for their standards in Summit play and although they have one of the better defenses in the country, the Bison rank just 213th in the country in scoring defense. North Dakota State is 9-1 at home this season but it just doesn’t seem that there are as dominant at home as they’ve been over the past few years, and I think the Mastodons will be able to do enough to keep this one within the number. 

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