IPFW vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IPFW vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (13-13) at IPFW Mastodons (12-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Hilliard Gates Center)

The Line: IPFW Mastodons -1 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Omaha Mavericks will travel to the Hilliard Gates Sports Center to take on the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Omaha Mavericks snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 13-14 (6-6 Summit) on the season after defeating the Denver Pioneers, 85-62, this past Sunday. Omaha went into halftime with a 39-28 lead and was able to put the game away after a 9-0 Mavericks run gave Omaha a 58-42 lead with 10:41 left in regulation. Omaha shot 54.0% from the field and outrebounded Denver by a 37-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Matt Pile who had a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and a block.

On the season, Omaha is averaging 73.9 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Omaha has been led by KJ Robinson (15.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), JT Gibson (13.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Matt Pile (12.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 bpg).

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Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 76.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-16 (5-8 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 75-64, this past Sunday. Purdue Fort Wayne went into halftime with a 36-26 lead, however, was outplayed on both ends of the court by the Jackrabbits in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 33-5 Jackrabbits run to start the 2nd half gave South Dakota State a 59-41 lead with 9:45 left in regulation. Purdue Fort Wayne allowed South Dakota State to shoot 50.0% from the field while the Mastodons shot just 37.5% from the field and 24.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Mastodons was Matt Holba who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Purdue Fort Wayne is averaging 69.5 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Mastodons are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Purdue Fort Wayne has been led by Jarred Godfrey (15.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Brian Patrick (11.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Matt Holba (8.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Purdue Fort Wayne is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games, however, are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Purdue Fort Wayne. The Mastodons are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 February games and 5-6 ATS at home this season.

Omaha has been led by their offense that comes into this game ranked 104th in scoring offense & 93rd in FG%, however, the Mavericks have struggled defensively and currently rank just 320th in scoring defense & 272nd in defensive FG%.

Purdue Fort Wayne comes into this match-up ranked 226th in scoring offense, 222nd in scoring defense, and 93rd in steals per game.

Omaha picked up a much needed win agianst Denver, however, the Mavericks have really struggled on the road this season, coming into this game with just a 2-12 record. Purdue Fort Wayne has split their last 6 games, and between the fact that the Mastodons are 9-4 at home and that I think their three-point shooting will have success at home agianst the Mavericks defense, I’m taking Purdue Fort Wayne to cover this small spread.

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