Eastern Washington Eagles (4-5) vs. North Dakota Fighting Hawks (3-7)
December 11, 2021 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks +7.5 ; Over/Under: 150.5
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The Eastern Washington Eagles and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet Saturday in college basketball action from the Betty. Eastern Washington is 4-5 overall so far. The Eagles lost to Colorado in their last game. As for North Dakota, they’re 3-7 on the season and coming off a loss to Cal Baptist. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Eastern Washington went 2-2 to start the season, with wins over Walla Walla University and CSU Northridge. Since then the Eagles are 2-3, beating Washington State and Omaha while otherwise falling to Texas State, Southern Utah and Colorado.
In the Colorado matchup, Eastern Washington was down 39-31 at halftime. The Eagles rallied from there on a 26-21 run but it wasn’t enough in a 60-57 defeat. Steele Venters was the top scorer on 23 points with four rebounds and one assist.
Over on the North Dakota side, they started off the year at 2-1 with wins over Montana and Troy. The Hawks have gone 1-6 since then, losing to Florida Atlantic, TN-Martin, FIU, Kansas State, San Jose State and California Baptist along the way.
In the Cal Baptist matchup, North Dakota posted a 40-34 deficit in the first half and a 49-37 deficit from there in an 89-71 defeat. Paul Bruns was the leading scorer on the team with 19 points, and Mitchell Sueker added 13 points with five boards.
The Hawks are 0-6 ATS in their last six overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five at home. North Dakota is 0-4 ATS in the last four after an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games and 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games. Eastern Washington is 43-21-1 ATS in their last 65 overall.
PICK: I’m probably going to try Eastern Washington but staying away. The Eagles were flat on the boards in their last outing against Colorado, posting a 28-40 rebounding deficit. Eastern Washington didn’t shoot horribly (40 percent); there just wasn’t much spark. Still, the Eagles get credit for sticking around and making a game of it.
As for North Dakota, they’ve hit just 56 points or fewer in three of their last five games. The Hawks have also given up a ton of points lately—72 or more in each of the last four. If Eastern Washington can sharpen up their offense they should be in line for a cover here.