IPFW vs. Denver - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IPFW vs. Denver - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Pioneers (6-22) at IPFW Mastodons (12-17)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Hilliard Gates Center)

The Line: IPFW Mastodons -7.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5

TV: CN81, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0xaPMXt2LOyLkEUEpL3Hng

The Denver Pioneers and the IPFW Mastodons meet in Summit League college basketball action from Hilliard Gates Sports Center on Wednesday night.

The Denver Pioneers will try to climb out on their own of the Summit League basement, sitting at 2-12 in conference play after a 100-96 win over Oral Roberts last time out. Ade Murkey leads Denver in scoring and rebounding with 18.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG while Jase Townsend is 2nd in scoring with 17.4 PPG and 5.4 RPG. Roscoe Eastmond also has 2.9 APG for the Pioneers this season. As a team, Denver is averaging 69.5 points on 44.6% shooting from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 69.1% from the foul line while allowing 77.4 points on 45.6% shooting from the field and 32.3% from 3-point range this season. Denver is 0-13 straight up and 7-6 against the spread this season.

The IPFW Mastodons will try to play catch up in the Summit League standings, sitting at 5-9 in conference play after a 61-59 loss to Omaha last time out. Jarred Godfrey leads IPFW in scoring and assists with 15.9 PPG and 3.4 APG while Brian Patrick is 2nd in scoring with 11.7 PPG and Deonte Billups has a team-high 4.8 RPG this season. As a team, IPFW is averaging 69.1 points on 43.3% shooting from the field, 32.7% from 3-point range and 67.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.7 points on 45.1% shooting from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range this season.

Head-to-head, the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

IPFW is locked into the conference tournament as the top eight of nine teams make it to the Summit League conference tournament, and the Mastodons need a ton of help to have a chance at maybe moving up a spot in the standings. Denver on the other hand has everything to lose, as one slip up could take them from the 8th spot and having an outside chance in the conference tournament, to falling behind Western Illinois and not having a horse in the race at all. Denver hasn’t been able to win on the road, but the Pioneers have been more than serviceable in terms of covering the number, and I think Denver throws everything here to try to get one step closer to a conference tournament spot and as such I’ll take Denver and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Denver +7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.