Denver Pioneers (9-16) vs. North Dakota State Bison (15-8)
February 5, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -11.5 / Denver Pioneers +11.5; Over/Under: +139
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The Denver Pioneers and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Scheels Center. The Denver Pioneers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The North Dakota State Bison look for a win after winning four of their last five games.
The Denver Pioneers are averaging 70 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting. KJ Hunt is averaging 15.4 points and 3.5 assists, while Jordan Johnson is averaging 11.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. Tevin Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Coban Porter is dishing 0.6 assists. The Denver Pioneers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Pioneers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game.
The North Dakota State Bison are averaging 73.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Rocky Kreuser is averaging 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, while Sam Griesel is averaging 12.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Grant Nelson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyree Eady is grabbing 5 rebounds. The North Dakota State Bison are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The North Dakota State Bison are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game.
The Bison are 2-10-2 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 44-21 in Pioneers last 65 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bison last 5 overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The North Dakota State Bison are the better team here, but I’m not sure if they’re this much better, the line indicates. Also, Denver is 4-1 against the spread as a double-digit underdog, while North Dakota State is 0-4-1 against the spread as a double-digit favorite. Denver also enters this contest, playing decent ball. Give me the points.