North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (12-11) at North Dakota State Bison (17-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Scheels Center)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -5 -- Over/Under: 148 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles dropped to 12-11 (5-5 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 74-68, this past Thursday night. Oral Roberts struggled defensively agianst the Fighting Hawks and allowed the Fighting Hawks to pull away late for the victory. Oral Roberts shot just 26.7% from beyond the arc while allowing North Dakota to shoot 48.1% from the field and 40.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Deondre Burns who had 31 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Oral Roberts is averaging 78.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oral Roberts has been led by Emmanuel Nzekwesi (16.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.1 spg), Deondre Burns (15.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg), and Max Abmas (14.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg).

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Defensively, Oral Roberts is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The North Dakota State Bison have won four games in a row, improving to 17-7 (8-2 Summit) overall on the season after beating the Omaha Mavericks, 86-78, this past Wednesday.  North Dakota State went into the half tied at 36 but fought their way to a nice 66-56 lead with 9:36 remaining in regulation.  The Bison held onto that lead to get the win.  North Dakota State shoe 54.2% shooting from the field including an impressive 44.0% from the three-point stripe.  Leading the way for the Bison was Jared Samuelson who had 22 points and 9 rebounds.

On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 73.6 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field.  The Bison have also averaged 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the field.  Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Vinnie Shahid (17.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Tyson Ward (15.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.8) and Rocky Kueser (10.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, the North Dakota Bison are allowing their opponents to average 65.2 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field.  The Bison have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Golden Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.

Oral Roberts has been solid offensively this season, ranking 28th in scoring offense & 157th in FG%, however, the Golden Eagles have struggled a bit defensively as they currently rank 254th in scoring defense.

North Dakota State has won 6 of their last 7 games and have been decent on both ends of the court this season, ranking 118th in scoring offense & 75th in scoring defense.

Oral Roberts was able to get a 79-73 victory at home earlier this season, however, this is a team that is 0-5 ATS in their last five match-up at the Scheels Center. Oral Roberts is just 3-10 on the road this season and between the fact that Bison come in playing some of their best basketball of their season and have put up a 9-1 record at home, I think North Dakota State does enough to cover this home spread. Good Luck!

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