Nebraska-Omaha at North Dakota
|Date & Time||Thursday January 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
Grand Forks, ND
North Dakota Fighting Hawks +1.5 -- Over/Under 152.5
MDCO-SN; YUROM; Fox College Sports - Pacific; ESPN+
The Omaha Mavericks will travel to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Omaha Mavericks improved to 8-8 (2-1 Summit) on the season after defeating the North Dakota State Bison, 90-77, this past Wednesday night. Omaha was outstanding on the offensive end against the Bison and easily pulled away for the victory after an 11-2 Mavericks run gave Omaha a 74-48 lead with 10:55 left in regulation. Omaha shot 55.7% from the field, 45.8% from beyond the arc, and committed just 7 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Matt Pile who had a double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Omaha is averaging 78.5 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 38.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Omaha has been led by Zach Jackson (17.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg), JT Gibson (14.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Mitchell Hahn (10.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), and KJ Robinson (10.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 78.2 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -6.1 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks snapped a 4-game losing streak and improved to 7-9 (1-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the Denver Pioneers, 80-59, this past Saturday. North Dakota had no issues putting up points against the struggling Denver defense and had no trouble getting their first Summit League victory of the season after leading by a 44-25 margin at halftime. North Dakota shot 48.3% from the field, 48.4% from beyond the arc, and won the turnover battle by an 18-8 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Aanen Moody who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
On the season, North Dakota is averaging 74.9 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Cortez Seales (12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Conner Avants (11.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg), Aanen Moody (10.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Marlon Stewart (9.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 4.6 apg).
Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The Fighting Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points, however, are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Omaha has won 5 of their last 6 games and although they struggle on the defensive end, ranking 310th in scoring defense & 331st in defensive FG%, they do a decent job scoring the basketball as they rank 80th in scoring offense & 50th in FG%. North Dakota has lost 8 of their last 11 games and unlike Omaha, are more of a balanced team as they rank 160th in scoring offense & 163rd in scoring defense.
North Dakota was impressive in their victory over Denver, however, I’m not reading too much into that as Denver looks like one of the worst teams in the Summit while 4 of the Fight Hawks victories have come agianst non-DI programs. Omaha has been playing the better basketball as of late and as I think their offensive depth will be hard for the Fighting Hawks to contain, I’m taking Omaha to cover this small spread.