Fort Wayne vs. Denver - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Pioneers (10-12) at Fort Wayne Mastodons (15-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Fort Wayne Mastodons -7.5 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Pioneers will travel to Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to take on the Fort Wayne Mastodons this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Denver Pioneers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-12 (4-4 Summit) on the season after defeating the South Dakota Coyotes, 84-68, this past Saturday. Denver was outstanding on the offensive end throughout the game against the favored Coyotes and never looked back after a 16-0 Pioneers run gave Denver a 20-3 lead midway through the 1st half. Denver shot 55.4% shooting from the field and 57.9% (11-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Jake Pemberton who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Denver is averaging 72.2 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 42.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Denver has been led by Joe Rosga (15.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg), Daniel Amigo (15.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jake Pemberton (11.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), and Ade Mulkey (6.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg). Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 72.5 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of -4.3.
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The Fort Wayne improved to 15-10 (4-4 Summit) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Griffins, 85-75, this past Thursday. Fort Wayne led by a 37-31 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after 13-8 Mastodons run gave Fort Wayne a 75-66 lead with 4:17 left in regulation. Fort Wayne shot 50.0% from the field and 50.0% (12-24) from beyond the arc in victory. Leading the way for the Mastodons was Bryson Scott who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Fort Wayne is averaging 81.4 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Mastodons are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fort Wayne has been led by Bryson Scott (22.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.0 spg), Kason Harrell (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), John Konchar (13.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.8 spg), and Xzavier Taylor (7.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Defensively, Fort Wayne is allowing their opponents to average 74.9 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 3.2.
The Pioneers are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games overall and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Mastodons are 40-19-3 ATS in their last 62 homes games however, are just 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games vs. Summit opponents.
Denver is playing their best basketball of the season as of late and is coming off their most impressive victory of the season after defeating one of the better Summit teams in South Dakota. The Pioneers rank 43rd in FG% and 6th in 3P-FG% however, have really struggled losing the turnover battle this season as the Pioneers currently rank 43rd in turnover margin. Fort Wayne alternated wins and losses throughout the month of January and has been led by their offense that ranks 37th in scoring offense and 32nd in three-pointers made per game. Denver has some great talent and Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo however, between the fact that Denver is just 2-8 on the road and lost to Fort Wayne by 19-points less than a month ago, I think the Mastodons will be able to do enough at home to cover this midrange spread. Take Fort Wayne to cover.