North Dakota at North Dakota State
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
North Dakota State Bison -6.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
MDCO SN; Fox College Sports - Pacific; ESPN+
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks dropped to 8-11 (2-4 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 78-74, this past Wednesday. North Dakota fought back from a 41-31 halftime deficit to take a lead midway through the 2nd half, however, the Fighting Hawks struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after the Jackrabbits took a 73-65 lead with 4:26 left in regulation. North Dakota shot 46.2% from the field & 42.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Marlon Stewart who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
On the season, North Dakota is averaging 75.5 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Cortez Seales (12.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.2 apg), Conner Avants (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Marlon Stewart (11.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and Aanen Moody (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 0.2
The North Dakota State Bison had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-11 (2-3 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Denver Pioneers, 80-65, this past Wednesday. North Dakota State struggled offensively against the Pioneers and couldn’t fight back after a 16-3 Denver run gave the Pioneers a 70-55 lead with 4:28 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot 39.3% from the field & 27.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bison was Rocky Kreuser who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and a block.
On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 73.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Tyson Ward (11.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Deng Geu (11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Vinnie Shahid (11.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Rocky Kreuser (10.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg).
Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to an average of 73.5 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Fighting Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Bison are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 8-18-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
North Dakota split their last 4 games and has been decent on the offensive end this season as they come into this game ranked 135th in scoring offense, 71st in FG%, and 42nd in 3P-FG%. North Dakota State has lost 3 of their last 5 games and although their offense has been decent, the Bison have really struggled defensively as they rank just 231st in scoring defense, 325th in defensive FG%, and 327th in steals per game.
North Dakota is a better team then I think their getting credit for and has been outstanding ATS as of late. North Dakota State is 7-1 at home this season, however, this is not that great of a Bison team as they can really struggle defensively as evident as allowing Denver to put up 80 points against them earlier this week. North Dakota was able to beat their in-state rivals last season on the road and as I think their offense will be able to at worse keep this one close, I’m taking the Fighting Hawks and the points.