North Dakota State Bison (20-9) vs. North Dakota Fighting Hawks (6-24)
February 26, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks +10 / North Dakota State Bison -10; Over/Under: -144.5
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The North Dakota State Bison and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet in college basketball action from the Engelstad Sioux Center on Saturday night.
The North Dakota State Bison will look to bounce back from an 85-71 loss to Kansas City last time out. Rocky Kreuser leads the Bison in scoring with 16 PPG as well as in rebounding with 8 RPG while Grant Nelson has 11 PPG with 4.6 RPG. Sam Griesel also has 13.7 PPG with 6.5 RPG and 2.9 APG and Tyree Eady has 10.4 PPG with 2.4 APG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for North Dakota State so far this season. As a team, North Dakota State is averaging 74 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the field, 35.3% from three and 76.4% from the foul line while allowing 69.1 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field and 31.6% from three this season.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will look to snap a four-game losing skid after an 84-74 loss to St. Thomas (MN) last time out. Paul Bruns leads the Hawks in scoring and rebounding with 15 PPG along with 5.8 RPG as the only double-digit scorer for North Dakota so far this season. Mitchell Sueker has 9.9 PPG with 3.8 RPG and Matt Norman has 9.3 PPG. As a team, North Dakota is averaging 70.8 PPG on 40.7% shooting from the field, 34.6% from three and 73.8% from the foul line while allowing 78.8 PPG on 48.8% shooting from the field and 36.6% from three this season.
North Dakota State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. North Dakota is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
I get the allure of a home underdog to some, but the reality here is that the Hawks are underdogs for a reason, even in a rivalry game. North Dakota just doesn’t have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the Bison, especially on the defensive end. I look for North Dakota State to run with this one so give me the Bison laying the points here.