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North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts - 3/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oral Roberts at North Dakota State
Date & Time Sunday March 10, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, SD
The Line
North Dakota State Bison -4 -- O/U: 145
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Oral Roberts at North Dakota State
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The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and the North Dakota State Bison meet in a Summit League quarterfinal matchup from the Denny Sanford Premier Center in college basketball action on Sunday.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles enter the conference tournament as the #5 seed after finishing the year with an 11-20 overall record, including 7-9 in Summit League conference play, winning out on a tiebreaker with South Dakota. Oral Roberts gave themselves quite the tough non-conference portion of the schedule, with losses to TCU, BYU, SMU, Missouri, Wichita State and Tulsa just to name a few. Oral Roberts got off to a strong 3-0 start but lost their footing down the stretch, losing 9 of their last 13 games to finish in the middle of the pack. Emmanuel Nzekwesi leads Oral Robers with an average of 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while Kevin Obanor is 2nd in scoring with 14.5 points per game and Sam Kearns is the Golden Eagles’ 3rd double-digit scorer with 10.1 points per game this season. As a team, Oral Roberts is averaging 72.3 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the 3-point line and 69.3% from the foul line this season.

The North Dakota State Bison come into the conference tournament as the #4 seed after finishing with a 15-15 overall record, including 9-7 in Summit League play to finish in a tie for 3rd, losing out on the #3 seed due to a tiebreaker with IPFW. North Dakota State gave themselves some tough tests as well, against the likes of New Mexico State, Gonzaga, Drake and Iowa State just to name off a couple. Vinnie Shahid leads the Bison in scoring with 12.6 points along with a team-high 2.7 assists per game while Tyson Ward is 2nd in scoring and leads the Bison in rebounding with 12.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Deng Geu is NDSU’s 3rd double-digit scorer with 10.4 points per game this season. As a team, North Dakota State is averaging 72.7 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the 3-point line and 77.7% from the foul line this season.

Oral Roberts is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games while the over is 53-25 in their last 78 games overall. North Dakota State is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 35-16 in their last 51 conference games. Oral Roberts is 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Anything can happen in the conference tournament, especially in the 4-5 matchup which is one of the hardest matchups to call, regardless of what tournament you cover because more often than not, there isn’t a whole lot separating the two sides. However, Oral Roberts hasn’t had much success against the Bison in recent years while North Dakota State finished the season strong ATS and have done a good job covering against the teams that the Bison should be covering against. This is one of those 4-5 matchups that I don’t feel is all that close, so I’ll lay the points with North Dakota State in this one.

Pick:
North Dakota State -4

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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