North Dakota State vs. Denver - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota State vs. Denver - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Pioneers (7-23) at North Dakota State Bison (22-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -11.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5

TV: ESPN+

The Denver Pioneers and the North Dakota State Bison meet in college basketball action from Denny Sanford Premier Center on Saturday. 

Denver comes into this Summit League Tournament matchup at 7-23 this season. Following a seven-game losing streak, Denver is 2-1 in their last three, falling to Fort Wayne and beating Oral Roberts and Western Illinois otherwise. 

In the win over Western Illinois, Denver’s leading—and only double-digit—scorer was Ade Murkey with 33 points, seven rebounds and one assist. Jase Townsend added nine poitns, four rebounds and two assists there, and Robert Jones chipped in eight points with five boards. 

Over on the North Dakota State side, they’re 22-8 this year. A recent loss to North Dakota stopped a seven-game win streak, but since then ND State has beaten South Dakota State and Omaha. 

In the win over Omaha, North Dakota State’s Tyson Ward put up 29 points and five rebounds to lead the team. Jared Samuelson dropped 21 points, five rebounds and one assist there, and Vinnie Shahid had 20 points, nine assists and four rebounds. 

North Dakota State is 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight after a straight-up win and the over is 6-2 in their last eight after an ATS win. The over is 5-2 in North Dakota State’s last seven overall and 40-19 in their last 59 after a straight-up win. 

Meanwhile, Denver is 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight after an ATS win. Denver is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 overall and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine neutral site games. 

Denver isn’t a good team this year; that much is clear. That said, the Pioneers have shown some moxie over the last three games, dropping 100 points and beating a decent Oral Roberts team and taking care of Western Illinois at home. Scoring-wise, Denver has been decent lately with 69 or more in three of their last five. 

As for North Dakota State, they stumbled in the rivalry game versus North Dakota but aside from that they’ve stayed pretty sharp despite some close calls. I’m not completely sold on the Bison right now, but I like North Dakota State enough to take them on a cover here. 

Andrew’s Pick North Dakota State Bison -11.5

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