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North Dakota State vs. IUPUI - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IUPUI Jaguars (12-16) at North Dakota State Bison (17-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Scheels Arena)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC - North Dakota; ESPN 3

The IUPUI Jaguars will travel to the Scheels Arena to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Saturday evening in College Basketball action.

The IUPUI Jaguars snapped a three game losing streak and improved to 12-16 (8-5 Summit) on the season after defeating the Omaha Mavericks, 88-76, this past Wednesday. IUPUI was able to jump out to a 42-27 halftime lead and kept a double-digit lead over the Mavericks for the majority of the 2nd half in the win. IUPUI was outstanding offensively as they shot 55.6% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc. The Jaguars allowed the Mavericks to shoot 45.1% from the field and outrebounded Omaha by a 37-25 margin. Leading the way for IUPUI was Marcellus Barksdale who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, the Jaguars have been led by Darell Combs (15.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt O’Leary (10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Jordan Pickett (9.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.7 apg). Offensively, IUPUI is averaging 68.4 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field and 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jaguars are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.78. Defensively, IUPUI is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 46.2% shooting. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of -1.4 and average 6.9 steals per game.

North Dakota State vs. IUPUI - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 17-10 (7-6 Summit) on the season after defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 63-54, this past Wednesday. North Dakota State was outstanding on the defensive side of the ball and used a 17-8 run early in the 2nd half to take a double-digit lead and secure the victory at home. North Dakota State shot 42.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin. The Bison allowed the Leathernecks to shoot 42.9% from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for North Dakota State was Kory Brown who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, the Bison have been led by Paul Miller (16.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), A.J. Jacobson (12.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Kory Brown (10.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 70.4 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field and 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bison average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 42.8% shooting. The Bison average 3.3 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bison are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win.

IUPUI doesn’t have a great overall record this season but has been really competitive in conference play as they sit just two games out of 1st place in the conference and has wins against IPFW, North Dakota State, and Omaha this season. North Dakota State has struggled on the offensive end this season however, still have been outstanding at home posting an 11-1 record and have been holding opponents to at home to just 59.8 ppg. North Dakota State has a great home-court advantage but the Bison aren’t as strong as they’ve been in past years and as IUPUI has shown they can pick up big wins on the road, I think this is just too many points for the Bison to cover. I’m taking IUPUI and the points. 

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