North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (7-12) at North Dakota State Bison (9-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Scheels Center)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MDCO SN; ESPN College Extra
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-12 (3-1 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 78-75, this past Thursday. Oral Roberts fought back from a double-digit 2nd half deficit to make it a one possession game late, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t pull out the victory after scoring just one-point over the final 2:34 of regulation. Oral Roberts shot 47.1% from the field and 27.3% (6-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Javan White who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Oral Roberts is averaging 71.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oral Roberts has been led by Emmanuel Nzekwesi (13.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Albert Owens (12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Javan White (11.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Sam Kearns (10.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.4 apg). Defensively, Oral Roberts is allowing their opponents to an average of 77.5 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of -2.1.
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The North Dakota State Bison dropped to 9-8 (1-2 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Denver Pioneers, 67-61, this past Thursday. North Dakota State struggled offensively against the Pioneers and couldn’t fight all the way back after trailing by a 35-22 margin at halftime. North Dakota State shot just 23.1% (6-26) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Pioneers by a 38-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bison was Paul Miller who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 74.0 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Paul Miller (18.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.7 apg), Tyson Ward (10.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.4 apg), Cameron Hunter (10.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 apg), and A.J. Jacobson (8.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of -2.5.
The Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Summit opponents. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Oral Roberts come into this matchup ranked just 250th in scoring offense and 293rd in scoring defense however, the Golden Eagles did have a tough non-conference schedule with games on the road agianst Oklahoma State, UNLV, Arkansas, and Minnesota. North Dakota State suffered a disappointing loss to Denver and although they are solid on the defensive end, ranking 91st in scoring defense and 83rd in defensive FG%, the Bison have struggled a bit offensively as they rank T-193rd in scoring offense. North Dakota State hasn’t not played well ATS at home this season and as I like how the Golden Eagles has played lately, especially their victory against Missouri State, I think Oral Roberts does enough with the points to cover.