North Dakota State vs. Nebraska Omaha - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (8-13) at North Dakota State Bison (15-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Arena)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Omaha Mavericks and North Dakota State Bison meet Thursday night at the Scheels Arena.
The Omaha Mavericks could really use a victory after losing five of their last six games. On the season, Omaha is averaging 76.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 80 points on 48.1 percent shooting. CJ Carter is averaging 17.2 points and 2.9 assists while Marcus Tyus is averaging 12.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. Devin Patterson is dishing 4.3 assists and Mike Rostampour is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Omaha Mavericks have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 34.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Omaha is allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 75 or more points in eight of its last nine games.
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The North Dakota State Bison are chasing a Summit title with wins in five of their last seven games. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 64.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Lawrence Alexander is averaging 18 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kory Brown is averaging 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. A.J. Jacobson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Dexter Werner is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The North Dakota State Bison have seven players averaging at least 5.3 points, and they’re shooting 70.3 percent from the line and 37 percent from deep. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 37.4 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 62 or less points in four of its last five games.
The Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bison are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Mavericks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I think it's no question that the North Dakota State Bison are the better team in this matchup both outright and against the number. Omaha has been fade material for much of the season and that doesn't change here.