North Dakota State vs. Denver - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Pioneers (8-6) at North Dakota State Bison (10-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Scheels Arena)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ME TV
The Denver Pioneers and North Dakota State Bison square off Sunday afternoon at the Scheels Arena.
The Denver Pioneers could use a nice road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Denver Pioneers are averaging 64.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Nate Engesser is averaging 13.9 points and 2.8 rebounds while Joe Rosga is averaging 11.1 points and 2.3 assists. Marcus Byrd is dishing 2.1 assists and Jake Pemberton is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Denver Pioneers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. Denver is allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.9 turnovers per game. The Denver Pioneers have won five of their last eight road games.
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The North Dakota State Bison look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The North Dakota State Bison are averaging 70.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Paul Miller is averaging 16.5 points and 5.3 rebounds while A.J. Jacobson is averaging 14.1 points and 1.8 assists. Dexter Werner is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Carlin Dupree is dishing 2.4 assists. The North Dakota State Bison are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. North Dakota State is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.2 turnovers per game. The North Dakota State Bison haven’t lost a home game since November of 2013.
The Pioneers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Summit. The Bison are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pioneers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in North Dakota State and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
North Dakota State plays at another level on its home court and hasn't lost in more than two years. Denver can shoot the rock at a high clip but has also lost back-to-back road games to lesser comp. I'll eat the chalk here.