Denver Pioneers vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (10-8) at Denver Pioneers (8-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Magness Arena)
The Line: Denver Pioneers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Denver Pioneers look for a home win when the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles visit Magness Arena.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles don't have numbers that stand out with a 10-8 record built on outscoring opposing teams 68-67 but they have been playing better then those season averages and winning. The Golden Eagles have won six of seven after coming back from a 3 point first half to down IPFW 62-58 on Saturday as a 7.5 point fave. The Mastodons had a slight 42.6%-38.5% shooting edge but gave the ball away 14 times with ORU sinking four more threes and six more free throws to overcome better overall shooting. Obi Emegano paced the scoring with 15 points but was only 4-16 from the floor. Aaron Young was right on his heels with 14 points on 4-4 accuracy while Denell Henderson and Korey Billbury combined for 15 points and 14 rebounds.
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For the Denver Pioneers it's all about pace and controlling the scoreboard as 63 points scored and allowed is tough to win with if the defensive end of the floor falters. The Pioneers are looking to begin a hot streak after a 68-54 victory versus Western Illinois put an end to a three game skid and upped their record to 2-3 in the Summit League. A 37-23 run snapped a tie game in the second half behind outstanding play at both ends of the floor with the Leathernecks held to 35% shooting while DU seldom missed with 56.5% accuracy despite a 3-13 mark from beyond the arc. Cam Griffin gave the Pioneers 16 points and haulded down ten rebounds followed by a 13 point effort from Jalen Love. Brett Olsen and Nate Engresser added nine points apiece with Engresser handing out six assists.
The Golden Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. Oral Roberts are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Pioneers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. Denver are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. win and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. Oral Roberts isn't great on the road and Denver is better at home but I'm leaning to the hot visitors...