North Dakota vs. Idaho State - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Idaho State Bengals (8-6) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (4-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks host the Idaho State Bengals in Thursday night college basketball.
The Idaho State Bengals have turned up the intensity at the defensive end of the floor and the result has been four straight wins including a 3-0 start to their Big Sky slate. Idaho State comes in off of a 64-60 victory versus the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks as an 8.5 point home favorite where a 41.8%-39.3% shooting edge was decisive.
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Jared Stutzman carried the Bengals offense with 18 points and eight rebounds on 6-9 from the floor including 4-5 at the line. Novak Topalovic gave the Bengals eleven points, two blocks and seven boards on 4-10 shooting while Balint Mocsan chipped in with ten points and three yanks on 3-7 from the field.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are not the same team we have seen in recent years with seven consecutive defeats saying as much. North Dakota dropped to 0-4 in the conference following a 79-68 loss at the Montana State Bobcats as an 8.5 point road dog. Both teams sank shots in the 45% range with the Bobcats totaling eleven more looks at the basket.
Tray Buchanan was the Fighting Hawks to offensive option with 19 points, three yanks and three assists on 5-11 from the floor including 4-10 from distance. North Dakota received 15 points and five rebounds from Cortez Seales on 7-11 accuracy while Marlon Stewart chipped in with ten points.
Under is 7-2 in Idaho State last 9 overall and Idaho State are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 vs. Big Sky. Over is 7-2 in North Dakota last 9 Thursday games and over is 10-4 in North Dakota last 14 overall.
North Dakota hasn’t enjoyed a great start but there is some solid talent on the roster. This looks winnable to me…