North Dakota State at North Dakota
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 6, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
Grand Forks, ND
North Dakota Fighting Hawks +1 -- Over/Under: 143
MDCO SN; Fox College Sports - Pacific; ESPN+
The North Dakota State Bison will travel to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The North Dakota State Bison won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-12 (5-4 Summit) on the season after defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 78-76, this past Saturday. North Dakota State trailed by a 42-35 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and was able to secure the road victory after taking a 76-71 lead with 2:40 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot 54.0% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Deng Geu who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in just 17 minutes of action.
On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 73.0 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Deng Geu (12.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Tyson Ward (11.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Vinnie Shahid (11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Rocky Kreuser (9.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg).
Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks dropped to 9-14 (3-7 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Omaha Mavericks, 90-72, this past Sunday. North Dakota struggled defensively against the high-powered Mavericks offense and couldn’t fight back after the Fighting Hawks went into halftime trailing by a 49-43 margin. North Dakota allowed Omaha to shoot 56.5% from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Cortez Seales who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.
On the season, North Dakota is averaging 74.0 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Cortez Seales (12.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.1 apg), Conner Avants (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Marlon Stewart (12.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Aanen Moody (9.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Bison are 18-39-3 ATS in their last 60 road games and just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
North Dakota State has won 5 of their last 7 games, however, it’s been a tough season for the Bison on both ends of the court as they come into this game ranked just 183rd in scoring offense, 222nd in scoring defense, and 317th in defensive FG%.
North Dakota has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although their defense is ranked just 205th in scoring defense, the Fighting Hawks have been decent offensively as they currently rank 161st in scoring offense, 86th in FG%, and 48th in 3P-FG%.
North Dakota State has had some success in conference play this season, however, this Bison team has some major holes on the defensive end and come into this game just 2-8 on the road this season. North Dakota has a solid offensive duo in Cortez Seales & Conner Avants and as they are at home, I think they do enough to pick up the win. Take the Fighting Hawks and the points. Good Luck!