Miami-Ohio RedHawks (1-1) at North Dakota State Bison (1-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Kendall G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison +1.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The North Dakota State Bison and Miami (OH) Redhawks will face this Friday afternoon at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.
The North Dakota State Bison improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 82-63, this past Sunday. North Dakota State used a 10-3 run at the end of the 1st half to take a 36-28 halftime lead and pulled away early in the 2nd half after a 15-0 Bison run gave North Dakota State a 58-38 lead with 12:36 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot 49.1% from the field while holding UC Santa Barbara to just 37.0% shooting from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. North Dakota State was outrebounded by a 33-32 margin however, committed just 9 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Tyson Ward who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 69.0 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Rocky Kreuser (14.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Tyson Ward (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg), Deng Geu (9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg), and Tyree Eady (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg). Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 68.0 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -8.5 and are averaging just 3.5 spg.
The Miami (OH) Redhawks bounced back from their 90-68 season opening loss to Butler to defeat the NAIA Midway Eagles, 92-42, and improve to 1-1 on the season. Miami (OH) dominated the overmatched Eagles on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 47-24 halftime lead. Miami (OH) shot 56.3% from the field while holding Midway to just 26.2% shooting from the field and 16.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Redhawks outrebounded the Eagles by a 44-34 margin and forced Midway into committing 21 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Redhawks was Nike Sibande who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
On the season, Miami (OH) is averaging 79.5 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Redhawks are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami (OH) has been led by Nike Sibande (22.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Dalonte Brown (17.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), Mekhi Lairy (8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 spg), and Darrian Ringo (6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.0 spg). Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing their opponents to average 66.0 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Redhawks have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 6.0.
The Bison are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 Friday games and 21-10 ATS in their last 31 neutral site games. The Red Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win however, are just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.
North Dakota State is a decent team however, they lost a lot of offense from last year’s team and currently look as if they are going to rely on defense and three-point shooting to win ball games. Miami (OH) doesn’t have a bunch of depth but the duo of Sibande & Brown is going to give the Bison trouble and as I wasn’t impressed with how the Bison shot in their only road game so far this season, I’m taking Miami (OH) to cover this small spread.