UMKC Roos (4-5) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks -3 -- Over/Under: 125 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UMKC Roos and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet Sunday in college basketball action from the Betty.
UMKC enters this one at 4-6 overall. As for North Dakota, they’re sitting at 2-8 this season. This will be a rematch of Saturday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, the Fighting Hawks managed a seven-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
UMKC opened up the year with consecutive wins, taking out Culver-Stockton and Greenvill. After that it was four straight losses as the Kangaroos fell to SEMO, Kansas State, Minnesota and Toledo. Two more wins over KCC and a loss to Saint Louis followed for UMKC afterward.
In Saturday’s game, UMKC scored just 16 points in the first half and couldn’t gain any ground in an eventual 52-45 loss to the Fighting Hawks. The Roos’ leading scorer was Josiah Allick with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Over on the North Dakota side, they kicked off the year with three straight losses, dropping to Miami-OH, Dixie State and Minnesota. The Hawks finally got a win over South Dakota, but then embarked on a losing streak to South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Southern Illinois (twice) and Drake in their next five.
In the Saturday win, North Dakota held a 21-16 edge at halftime and were able to outscore the Roos 31-29 from there in the victory. Topping the team in that one was Filip Rebraca on 16 points with five rebounds.
The Fighting Hawks are 2-7 ATS in their last nine Sunday games and the over is 4-1 in the last five Sunday games. North Dakota is 2-4 ATS in their last six games overall and the under is 5-0 in their last five home games.
Meanwhile, the Kangaroos are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The over is 5-1 in UMKC’s last six Sunday games and 4-2-1 in their last seven overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with UMKC in this one. The Roos generally haven’t scored that well this season, outside of their 243 combined points in their first two games of course. Against proper competition UMKC hasn’t had as much success on the scoreboard, which isn’t too bad of a situation since North Dakota isn’t really a great scoring team themselves. Saturday’s matchup was another really low-scoring affair for both sides, but this one should feature a good deal more offensive activity.