Denver Pioneers at Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 5:30 PM (Baxter Arena)
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The Denver Pioneers and the Omaha Mavericks meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Baxter Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Denver Pioneers are in dire need of a win to get out of the Summit League basement, sitting at 1-11 in conference play after a 6th straight loss in the form of a 90-78 loss to South Dakota State last time out. Jase Townsend leads Denver in scoring with 17.8 points per game while Ade Murkey is right behind with 17.4 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game this season. Roscoe Eastmond also leads Denver in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Denver is averaging 69.6 points on 44.3% shooting from the field and 33.3% from the 3-point line along with a 68.4% mark from the foul line. The Pioneers are allowing opponents to average 76.4 points on 45.3% shooting from the field and 32.3% from 3-point range this season. Denver is 0-12 straight up and 7-5 against the spread on the road this season.
The Omaha Mavericks will be out to make some noise in the Summit League tournament race, sitting at 5-6 in conference play following a 4th straight loss in the form of an 81-78 loss to Oral Roberts last time out. KJ Robinson leads Omaha in scoring with 15.2 points per game while JT Gibson has 13.6 points per game and Matt Pile is averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 10.2 rebounds per game. Ayo Akinwole is also averaging 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Omaha is averaging 73.5 points on 45% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line while allowing opponents to average 77.1 points on 44.8% shooting from the field and 36.2% from the 3-point line this season.
Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I think it’s safe to say that Omaha is the better team here. However, while the straight up record isn’t pretty, the Pioneers have covered in seven of their last ten games and have already shown that they can beat Omaha this season as the Mavericks are responsible for Denver’s lone conference win. Sure, there’s a revenge factor for Omaha, but the Pioneers need a win to have any hope of chasing down a tournament spot as only the top 8 make the conference tournament. I’m not sure the Pioneers win outright, but I think Denver gives Omaha a battle. Give me the Pioneers and the points here.