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Oral Roberts vs North Dakota 1/20/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

North Dakota Fighting Hawks (4-14) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (12-6)
January 20, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -20.5 / North Dakota Fighting Hawks +20.5; Over/Under: +158
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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will travel to the Mabee Center to take on the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 4-14 on the season after being defeated by the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 73-68, this past Thursday. North Dakota struggled with turnovers against Western Illinois and could not fight back after the Leathernecks took a 64-54 lead with 5:54 left in regulation. North Dakota shot 43.1% from the field & 28.6% from beyond the arc while allowing Western Illinois to shoot 40.9% from the field & 31.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Matt Norman who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block.

On the season, North Dakota is averaging 70.2 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Paul Bruns (13.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Mitchell Sueker (9.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), Matt Norman (9.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), & Tsotne Tsartsidze (8.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 78.4 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -1.8.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-6 on the season after defeating the Kansas City Roos, 84-72, this past Saturday night. Oral Roberts was outstanding on the offensive end against Kansas City and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 70-57 lead with 5:07 left in regulation. Oral Roberts shot 45.6% from the field & 50.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Kansas City to shoot 43.3% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Max Abmas who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, & 4 assists.

On the season, Oral Roberts is averaging 82.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 12.7 three-pointers per game on 39.5% shooting from the field. Offensively, Oral Roberts has been led by Max Abmas (23.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Issac McBride (10.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), Trey Phipps (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), & Kareem Thompson (7.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensviely, Oral Roberts is allowing their opponents to average 68.9 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Fighting Hawks are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 January games. The Golden Eagles are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games & 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games.

North Dakota has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Fighting Hawks come into this game ranked just 221st in scoring offense, 336th in scoring defense, & 347th in defensive FG%. Oral Roberts have been led by their high-powered offense which ranks 8th in scoring offense, 1st in three-pointers per game, & 8thin 3P-FG% and have also been decent defensively as although they rank just 179th in scoring defense, the Golden Eagles rank 98th in defensive FG% & 51st in rebound margin.

This is a monster spread, however, North Dakota comes into this game with an 0-8 road record while losing those games by an average of 19.8 ppg. Oral Roberts has one of the best players in the College Basketball in Max Abmas and as I think the Golden Eagles offense has no trouble putting up 90+ points in this one, I think they do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -20.5

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Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05

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