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Nebraska-Omaha vs. IPFW - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
IPFW at Nebraska-Omaha
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 5:30 PM (EST)
Location
Baxter Arena
Omaha, NE
The Line
Omaha Mavericks -3 -- Over/Under: 169
TV Channel
https://omavs.com/watch/?Live=217&type=Live
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NCAA BB | IPFW at Nebraska-Omaha
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The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons will travel to Baxter Arena to take on the Omaha Mavericks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons won their 5th straight game and improved to 17-10 (9-3 Summit) on the season after defeating the Denver Pioneers, 94-81, this past Thursday. Purdue Fort Wayne had their way offensively agianst the Pioneers defense and had no trouble securing the victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 45-30 lead. Purdue Fort Wayne shot 47.7% from the field and 48.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mastodons was John Konchar who had a double-double with 29 points, 14 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals.

On the season, Purdue Fort Wayne is averaging 84.1 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Mastodons are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Purdue Fort Wayne has been led by John Konchar (19.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.9 spg), Kason Harrell (15.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Matt Holba (11.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Dee Montgomery (7.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, Purdue Fort Wayne is allowing their opponents to average 77.9 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Omaha Mavericks won their 3rd straight game and improved to 15-9 (9-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 85-84, this past Thursday. Omaha fought early in the 2nd half after trailing by a 43-30 margin at halftime and was able to secure the huge win when Mitch Hahn hit a game-wining baseline jumper as time expired. Omaha shot 50.0% from the field and committed just 5 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Mitchell Hann who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.

On the season, Omaha is averaging 81.0 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Omaha has been led by Zach Jackson (18.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), JT Gibson (13.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Mitchell Hahn (12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), and KJ Robinson (12.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 79.2 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The Mastodons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall.

Purdue Fort Wayne has won 11 of their last 14 games and although their defense has struggled as the Mastodons are ranked just 312th in scoring defense, Purdue Fort Wayne has been solid offensively as they come into this game ranked 12th in scoring offense & 21st in FG%.

Omaha has won 8 of their last 9 games and play a very similar of style of basketball as Purdue Fort Wayne as the Mavericks currently rank 31st in scoring offense, 28th in FG%, and 333rd in scoring defense.

This should be an exciting, high-scoring game as both of these teams like to play at a fast pace and put up a ton of points on the scoreboard. Omaha was able to defeat Purdue Fort Wayne in an 85-79 victory in OT on the road and as they are coming off their biggest win of the season agianst South Dakota State, I think the Mavericks continue their winning streak and do enough to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Omaha Mavericks -3

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