North Dakota State Bison vs. IUPUI Jaguars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/6/14
IUPUI Jaguars (5-19) at North Dakota State Bison (16-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bison Sports Arena)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -21.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana-Purdue Jaguars visit the Bison Sports Arena to tangle with the North Dakota State Bison.
Indiana-Purdue's struggles could be explained away by the numbers which say not enough consistent scoring and too much scoring by opponents. The problems have been magnified on the road where IUPUI is 0-9 although a 99-72 loss to visiting Nebraska-Omaha says sometimes the venue doesn't matter. The Mavericks rode 55% shooting to build a 19 point first half lead and were never challenged with 48% accuracy not good enough to keep pace. Elijah Ray led all scorers with 19 points and five yanks with Mitch Patton hitting for 14 poins while Donovan Gibbs totaled eight points.
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The Bison and their high powered offense have done a lot of winning in the 2013-14 campagn but not in Saturday's 67-63 loss at Denver which dropped them from first in the Summit. The Pioneers controled the pace and sank shots at over a 51% pace while North Dakota state responded with 49% accuracy from the floor. The visitors left too many points on the floor at the charity stripe on 15-25 shooting while DU connected on 20-22. Lawrence Alexander led the scoring with 20 points with Taylor Braun next in line with 17 while Marshall Bjorklund and Kory Brown combined for 19 point with the latter posting five rebounds.
There is really not a whole lot to say except this is a boat load of points and this won't be a problem if North Dakota State goes to work for 40 minutes. The problem is will they? I'd be inclined to play this in a first half bet or a team total over but neither are out...