North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1-6) at Southern Illinois Salukis (4-0)
College Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Banterra Center)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -10 -- Over/Under: 136 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the Southern Illinois Salukis meet in college basketball action from the Banterra Center on Friday afternoon.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will be out to snap a three-game losing streak that has the Hawks at 1-6 after an 85-64 loss to these same Southern Illinois Salukis last time out. Gertautas Urbonavicius and Caleb Hero each had 13 points with Nero shooting 4 of 8 from the floor with 3 triples while Urbonavicius shot 5 of 7 from the field with 3 threes of his own. Filip Rebraca added 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for North Dakota in the defeat. Seybian Sims added 9 points with a team-high 7 rebounds while Brady Danielson added a team-high 4 assists. Rebraca leads the Fighting Hawks in scoring and rebounding with an average of 18.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while Tyree Ihenacho leads the Fighting Hawks in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, North Dakota is averaging 65.7 points on 42.6% shooting from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range and 66.4% fro the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.4 points on 48% shooting from the field and 35.1% from 3-points range this season.
The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to build on their 4-0 start to the year after the win over North Dakota last time out. Lance Jones and Ben Harvey each had 18 points with Jones shooting 5 of 9 from the floor with 3 threes and team-highs of 7 assists with 5 steals while Harvey shot 7 of 11 with a pair of triples and 5 rebounds. Trent Brown added 10 points with 3 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for SIU in the win. Marcus Domask added 6 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Kyler Filewich added 9 points with 5 rebounds. Harvey leads Southern Illinois in scoring with an average of 17 points per game while Domask leads the Salukis in rebounding with 6 boards per game and Jones leads Southern Illinois in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Southern Illinois is averaging 86 points on 50.9% shooting from the field, 48.1% from behind the arc and 77.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.5 points on 41% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season.
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I get why laying the points with Southern Illinois makes sense, but we’ve seen in the majority of these back-to-back spots this season that the team that wins game one has a hard time in game two with a lot of the dogs not only covering but winning outright. I’m not sure North Dakota wins outright, but I think the Fighting Hawks can keep this one within the number so I’ll take North Dakota and the points in this one.