North Florida Ospreys vs. North Dakota Fighting Hawks - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota Fighting Hawks (3-0) at North Florida Ospreys (2-3)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm (Nutter Center)
The Line: North Florida Ospreys +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Friday from the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, we’ve got college basketball action looming between the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the North Florida Ospreys.
North Florida comes into this game with a 2-3 record on the year, dropping their first game against Auburn 83-66 but bouncing back against Edward Waters 109-73. The Ospreys dropped their next pair 94-56 versus Miami and 78-70 versus LSU, but took their most recent game Tuesday against Florida National 112-66.
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Three players are averaging in double figures for the Ospreys so far: Dallas Moore has 17.0 PPG with 4.0 RPG and 3.2 APG, while Romelo Banks has 14.0 PPG with 7.6 RPG and Wajid Aminu holds 10.0 PPG with 6.8 RPG. Garrett Sams isn’t too far back for North Florida with 9.2 PPG and 5.0 RPG.
Over on the North Dakota side, they’re entering play here with a 3-0 record on this new season. The Fighting Hawks took their opener 98-48 against Crown, then took out Mayville 94-66. In their most recent outing, North Dakota put up a dominant 101-63 win over Presentation College.
The Fighting Hawks have five players averaging in double figures so far: Quinton Hooker is the top scorer with 19.0 PPG and 3.7 RPG, while Geno Crandall has 14.0 PPG with 3.5 RPG and Corey Baldwin holds 12.7 PPG. Conner Avants isn’t too far behind with 12.3 PPG and 3.7 RPG for North Dakota, while Drick Bernstine holds 10.7 PPG with a team-high 8.7 RPG.
North Florida is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral-site games, and 0-4 ATS in their last four non-conference games. North Florida is also 5-2 on the under in their last seven games versus a team with a winning percentage below .600, and the under is 5-2 in the Ospreys’ last seven Friday games.
North Dakota has looked pretty good in their first few games, but to be fair they haven’t exactly been up against prime competition. North Florida, on the other hand, has seen some better teams, and has folded as expected. Still, I like North Dakota here given what a well-rounded approach they’ve taken with scoring and rebounding. I’ll take the Fighting Hawks to cover.