North Dakota vs UMKC College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21

North Dakota vs UMKC College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21 Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

UMKC Roos (4-5) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:30 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)

The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 128 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UM Kansas City Roos and North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The UM Kansas City Roos need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The UM Kansas City Roos are averaging 84.8 points on 56.9 percent shooting and allowing 62.1 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Brandon McKissic is averaging 15.4 points and three rebounds while Josiah Allick is averaging 15.1 points and 1.4 assists. D’Anthony Pennington is the third double-digit scorer and Marvin Nesbitt Jr. is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The UM Kansas City Roos are shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc and 58.5 percent from the free throw line. The UM Kansas City Roos are allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are averaging 66 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Filip Rebraca is averaging 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Caleb Nero is averaging 11.2 points and 2.8 assists. De'Sean Allen-Eikens is grabbing two rebounds and Tyree Ihenacho is dishing 3.8 assists. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game.

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The Roos are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Fighting Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Roos last 6 overall. The under is 5-1 in Roos last 6 road games. The under is 4-0 in Fighting Hawks last 4 home games.

Neither of these teams are playing winning basketball, so this is one of those spots where I just lean toward the points and call it a day. It also doesn't hurt that the UM Kansas City Roos have been covering machines this season despite the straight up losses. I'll grab the free bucket with the Roos.

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Randy’s Pick UM Kansas City Roos +2.5

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