Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (1-1) at Omaha Mavericks (1-1)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 14, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Omaha Mavericks -9 -- Over/Under: 155
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will travel to Baxter Arena to take on the Omaha Mavericks this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks couldn’t make it two straight victories to start the season as the Lumberjacks fell to 1-1 on the year after being defeated by the South Dakota Coyotes, 90-74, this past Monday night. Northern Arizona struggled defensively agianst South Dakota and couldn’t fight back after the Coyotes took a 75-65 lead with just 6:17 left in regulation. Northern Arizona shot just 40.7% from the field while allowing the Lumberjacks to shoot 54.5% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc. Northern Arizona was outrebounded by a 36-25 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 14-11 margin. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks was Carlos Hines who had 23 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a rebound in 29 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Northern Arizona is averaging 85.5 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Arizona has been led by Carlos Hines (16.5 ppg, 1.5 apg, 2.5 spg), Bernie Andre (15.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Ted McCree (15.0 ppg, 2.0 apg), and Brooks DeBisschop (9.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Northern Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 86.0 ppg on 53.4% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Omaha Mavericks bounced back from their season opening loss to Minnesota to defeat the D-III Buena Vista Beavers, 94-58, this past Friday to improve to 1-1 on the young season. Omaha had more of a game then they expected as they went into halftime tied at 44-all, however, the Mavericks dominated on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 20-3 run gave Omaha a 68-52 lead midway through the 2nd half. Omaha shot 55.7% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc while holding Benua Vista to 41.8% shooting from the field. Omaha won the rebound battle by a 38-24 margin and forced the Beavers into committing 22 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Zach Johnson who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Omaha is averaging 85.0 ppg on 50.4% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Omaha has been led by Zach Johnson (22.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 4.0 spg), Mitchell Hahn (12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 spg), Wanjang Tut (12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg), and KJ Robinson (10.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 81.0 ppg on 53.0% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -3.5 and a turnover margin of 8.5.
The Lumberjacks are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss however, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games. The Mavericks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
If you like offense, you should be able to see plenty of it in this matchup as the both Northern Arizona and Omaha are not known for their defensive abilities. As much as it is concerning that Omaha allowed Buena Vista to even hang around in their last game, the Mavericks have far more talent on the court with Zach Johnson & Mitchell Hahn and as I feel the Mavericks will be able to put up 90+ points in this one, I think they’ll do enough to win by double-digits and cover this spread. Take Omaha to cover.