The Marquette Golden Eagles (8-2) will be at home in Fiserv Forum when they challenge the North Dakota State Bison (8-4). Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019.
North Dakota State Bison vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Betting Preview
The Bison beat the Montana State Bobcats in their last outing, 79-65. With 19 points and 13 rebounds, Tyson Ward had a good outing for North Dakota State. North Dakota State played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 7.1 (better than their season average of 13.9) and a free throw rate of 0.304 (above their season average of 0.238). For those same stats, Montana State recorded marks of 21.7 and 0.151, respectively.
In the Golden Eagles’ previous outing, they dismantled the Grambling State Tigers, 93-72. With 26 points on 6-for-13 shooting, Markus Howard was the top scorer from either team. Marquette dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.339 (above their season average of 0.304) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.661 (above their season average of 0.509). For those same stats, Grambling State was 0.210 and 0.476, respectively.
A focal point for the Marquette offense is getting to the free throw line. The Golden Eagles rank ninth in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.308), but North Dakota State is among the best in the country at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 30th by yielding a FTA rate of 0.153). Moreover, the Bison rank seventh in turnover percentage (15.2 percent), while the Golden Eagles rank 279th in opponents’ turnover percentage (18.2 percent).
North Dakota State Bison vs. Marquette Golden Eagles ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Marquette, ATS Winner – North Dakota State, O/U – Over
The Bison rank 22nd in three pointers attempted per game (27.8) while the Golden Eagles rank 97th (23.7).
North Dakota State allows the 20th-fewest assists per game (9.4) while Marquette ranks 45th (10.7).
North Dakota State ranks 44th in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while Marquette ranks 181st (36.4).
The Golden Eagles rank 34th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Bison rank 161st (2.0).
North Dakota State ranks 15th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Marquette ranks 123rd (7.0).
The Golden Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.8, up from 9.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bison have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 63.8 points per game (1.1 above their season average).