UMKC Roos (17-10) vs. North Dakota State Bison (20-8)
February 19, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -6 / UMKC Roos +6; Over/Under: 135.5
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The Kansas City Roos will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Kansas City Roos improved to 17-10 on the season after defeating the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 80-65, this past Thursday. Kansas City was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 45-26 lead into halftime. Kansas City shot 58.6% from the field & 53.8% from beyond the arc while allowing North Dakota to shoot 35.3% from the field & 56.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Roos was Josiah Allick who had a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.
On the season, Kansas City is averaging 74.7 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Roos are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas City has been led by Evan Gilyard II (16.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Arkel Lamar (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Marvin Nesbitt Jr. (12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), & Josiah Allick (11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Kansas City is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Roos have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of 5.4.
The North Dakota State Bison won their 6th straight game and improved to 20-8 on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Griffins, 77-59, this past Thursday. North Dakota State was outstanding defensively against a high-scoring Oral Roberts offense and was able to pull away in the 2nd half for the victory after taking a 65-51 lead with 5:01 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot 50.9% from the field & 52.6% from beyond the arc while holding Oral Roberts to just 34.4% shooting from the field & 23.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bison was Sam Griesel who had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 74.1 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Rocky Kreuser (16.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), Sam Griesel (13.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), Grant Nelson (11.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 bpg), & Tyree Eady (10.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of -2.6.
The Roos are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall & 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Bison are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, however, are just 3-12-2 ATS in their last 17 home games.
Kansas City has been great on both ends of the season as the Roos come into this game ranked 87th in scoring offense, 28th in FG%, & 99th in scoring defense. North Dakota State has been great at home this season, posting a 12-2 home record, however, the defense has struggled at times and the Bison haven’t been great in terms of winning the turnover battle, as they come into this game ranked just 319th in turnover margin. Kansas City was able to pick up an 80-77 win at home earlier this season against North Dakota State and as the Roos offense has been great as of late, averaging 82.8 ppg in their last 6 games, I think Kansas City does enough, at worst, to cover with the points. Good Luck!