Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (19-11) vs. North Dakota State Bison (22-9)
March 7, 2022 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: North Dakota State Bison 0 / Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 0; Over/Under: 151
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The 3-seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles & 2-seed North Dakota State Bison will square off at the Denny Sanford Premier Center this Monday night in the Semifinals of the Summit League Championship.
The 3-seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles improved to 19-11 on the season after defeating the 6-seed Western Illinois Leathernecks, 80-68, this past Sunday. Oral Roberts had no trouble generating offense against Western Illinois and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 71-62 lead with 3:35 left in regulation. Oral Roberts shot 45.5% from the field & 29.2% from beyond the arc while allowing Western Illinois to 42.6% shooting from the field & 32.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Max Abmas who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Oral Roberts is averaging 83.7 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 11.6 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oral Roberts has been led by Max Abmas (22.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Issac McBride (12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), Trey Phipps (8.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), & Kareem Thompson (7.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 apg).
Defensively, Oral Roberts is allowing their opponents to an average of 73.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The North Dakota State Bison improved to 22-9 on the season after defeating the 7-seed Denver Pioneers, 82-62, this past Saturday. North Dakota State trailed by a 35-32 margin at halftime, however, the Bison dominated the Pioneers on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 67-52 lead with 6:16 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot 50.9% from the field & 36.4% from beyond the arc while allowing Denver to shoot 48.1% from the field & 31.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bison was Rocky Kreuser who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 74.5 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Rocky Kreuser (16.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), Sam Griesel (13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.1 apg), Grant Nelson (11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), & Tyree Eady (10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 68.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of -2.4.
The Golden Eagles are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games & 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The Bison are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall & 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
North Dakota State defeated Oral Roberts in both matchups this season as the Bison defeated the Golden Eagles by a 72-71 margin on the road in late January while North Dakota State defeated Oral Roberts by a 77-59 margin in mid-February.
Oral Roberts has one of the best scorers in all of College Basketball in Max Abmas, however the Golden Eagles have really struggled defensively this season as they come into this game ranked just 290th in scoring defense. North Dakota State has their own star in Rocky Kreuser and as the Bison are just the more balanced team that has an offense that should have plenty of success against Oral Roberts, I’m taking North Dakota State to win this pick-em. Good Luck!