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North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners - 11/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners (4-2) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (3-1)

College Basketball: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Nutter Center)

The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks TBA -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

Coming up from the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton on Sunday, the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks will be meeting up in college basketball action. 

Cal State Bakersfield comes into this game with a 4-2 record on the year. The Roadrunners won their opener against San Diego Christian before dropping one 78-66 versus Arizona. Cal State Bakersfield won their next two 77-70 versus UC Santa Barbara and 71-63 versus Fresno State but dropped one Friday to Wright State 68-64. In the North Florida game Saturday, the Roadrunners took a 77-54 victory. 

North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners - 11/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Heading into the weekend, Damiyne Durham and Jaylin Airington were doing most of the heavy lifting for CSU Bakersfield, with Durham holding 20.0 PPG and Airington sitting on 19.6 PPG with 5.6 RPG. In the North Florida game, Durham put up 15 points and four steals off the bench, while Airington logged 18 points with four rebounds and a pair of steals of his own. 

Over on the North Dakota side, they’re entering play here with a 3-2 record so far. The Fighting Hawks won their first three games 98-48 versus Crown College, 94-66 against Mayville State and 101-63 against Presentation College, but then dropped one against North Florida Friday 76-75. In Saturday’s Wright State game, North Dakota fell due to cold shooting late in an 83-79 loss. 

Quinton Hooker, Geno Crandall and Drick Bernstine have been the key players for the Fighting Hawks. Heading into the weekend, Hooker had 21.5 PPG, Crandall had 13.7 PPG and Bernstine was averaging 10.0 PPG with 8.8 RPG. In the Wright State matchup, Bernstine logged nine points with 10 rebounds and three assists, Hooker put up 18 points and five rebounds, and Crandall had 17 points and four assists. 

Cal State Bakersfield is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600, and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games versus a team with a winning straight-up record. Cal State Bakersfield is also 6-1 ATS in their last seven non-conference games, and the under is 6-2 in the Roadrunners’ last eight games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600. 

Meanwhile, North Dakota is 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning straight-up record, and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. North Dakota is also 1-5 ATS in their last six Sunday games. 

This is a rough one to pick, as both teams have shown strengths and weaknesses throughout the season. Even though they’ve played some sub-par competition, North Dakota seems to have been in control during their victories. I’ll take the Fighting Hawks to cover here, but if the line ends up looking too ugly I might have to reconsider. 

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