The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will ravel to Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-9 (0-2 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Oral Roberts Golden Griffins, 83-72, this past Thursday night. North Dakota struggled defensively against the Golden Eagles and couldn’t fight back after Oral Roberts took a 17-point lead in the 2nd half. North Dakota allowed Oral Roberts to shoot 62.0% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Conner Avants who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.
On the season, North Dakota is averaging 74.6 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Cortez Seales (12.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Conner Avants (11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), Marlon Stewart (11.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), and Aanen Moody (9.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Denver Pioneers lost their 4th consecutive game after being defeated by the South Dakota Coyotes, 71-70, this past Wednesday. Denver fought back from a 42-33 halftime deficit to take a 70-69 lead late, however, the Pioneers couldn’t hold on the for the victory after a Cody Kelley layup for the Coyotes with :07 seconds left gave the Coyotes the lead for good. Denver shot 50.0% from the field, however, allowed South Dakota to shoot 46.3% from the field & 52.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Ade Murkey who had 17 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, Denver is averaging 68.8 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Denver has been led by Ronnie Harrell Jr. (13.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Joe Rosga (12.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Ade Murkey (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Donoven Carlisle (4.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -2.8.
The Fighting Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Pioneers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, however, are just 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
North Dakota has lost 8 of their last 10 games and has been nothing but average on both ends of the court this season as they rank just 171st in scoring offense & T-184th in scoring defense. Denver has lost 5 of their last 6 games and outside of three-point shooting, has really struggled on both ends of the court as they rank 295th in scoring offense & 293rd in scoring defense.
North Dakota is just 1-7 on the road this season and although it’s been a tough start to the season, Denver has played better at home this season, I don’t think I can really trust a Fighting Hawks in which has only 2 victories (both against Milwaukee) against D-I opponents. I’m probably staying away from this game all together however, if I was going to go with someone, I would take Denver to cover this small spread.