North Dakota Sioux vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (15-12) at North Dakota Sioux (8-18)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
The Line: North Dakota Sioux +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks visit the Sioux Center in search of the season sweep of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have been as hot as a firecracker over the past month with wins in eight of ten to up their conference record to 10-4 which is good for 4th. In this stretch the Lumberjacks have gotten solid and consistent performances from both ends of the floor. NAU is coming off a momentum building 73-69 victory against Big Sky leader Eastern Washington where the Eagles were limited to 38% shooting while Northern Arizona hit at 42% but were 9-18 on threes and 20-22 at the stripe. Aaseem Dixon poured in a game high 23 points and snagged seven boards on 9-16 from the field while Kris Yanku added 19 points, six pulls and eight assists. Ako Kaluna followed with 14 points with Jordyn Martin netting eight points and posting five yanks.
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The time has come and gone for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux to make a move in the Big Sky standings with their final resting place somewhere in the bottom half of the conference. The Fighting Sioux have dropped five in a row and seven of ten as they can't get either side of the floor on the same page with the defense having the most issues. That was the case in Saturday's 74-66 defeat at first place Sacramento State. UND made a game of it with both teams sinking shots in the 45%-46% range with the Hornets 8-11 night from down down being decisive. Quinton Hooker shoulderd the offense with a game high 20 points and and eight rebounds on 6-12 shooting with Jaron Nash adding 17 points and five yanks. Terrel de Rouen and Bryce Cashman combined for 14 points but UND needed a third scorer.
The Lumberjacks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Northern Arizona are 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Sky. The Fighting Sioux are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Sky. North Dakota are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. I am simply going with a very hot Northern Arizona who is peaking...