IPFW vs. North Dakota - 3/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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IPFW (17-15) at North Dakota (14-17)
College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:30 pm
The Line: North Dakota -2 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The IPFW Mastodons (14-18, 6-10 CONF) and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks will meet on Monday, March 9th for a Summit League Semifinal game at a neutral site at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD. The game will be played at 9:30 PM eastern time.
IPFW is coming off a major upset win over South Dakota State, 77-74. South Dakota State was the favorite by many to win not only that game but the entire conference tournament. IPFW will look to use their clear momentum to their advantage in the semifinal game. North Dakota is coming off a bit of an upset win for themselves. North Dakota defeated #3 seed South Dakota in comeback fashion to move on to the semis. Look for both teams to have a jolt of energy on the court after their respective big wins.
***Stats are from games played before March 8th.
IPFW scores 68.9 points per game on 43.1 percent field goal shooting this season. IPFW's leading scorer is G Jarred Godfrey, who scores 15.7 points per game. The leading rebounder for IPFW is G Deonte Billups, who earns 4.9 rebounds per game. IPFW allows 70.2 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +1.3 scoring differential so far this season. IPFW also earns 35.4 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 7.3 steals per game as a team.
North Dakota scores 75.7 points per game on 46.1 percent field goal shooting this season. North Dakota's leading scorer is G Marlon Stewart, who scores 18.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for North Dakota is F Filip Rebraca, who earns 9.1 rebounds per game. North Dakota allows 75.0 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +.7 scoring differential so far this season. North Dakota also earns 35.8 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 4.7 steals per game as a team.
IPFW is 13-17 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. IPFW is also 1-0 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. North Dakota is 10-19 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. North Dakota 2-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season.
The line has not been released yet, therefore I will give my final score prediction and update this article in the morning. This is going to be a great game between two teams that are dying to have a shot at the conference championship and an eventual chance for a ticket to the Big Dance. I think it will be tight for a large portion, but in the end, I like North Dakota to pull it out. North Dakota wins 78-75.
UPDATE: Now that the line has been released, I will have to side with the over in this game.