The North Dakota State Bison (12-13, 4-6 Summit) will be at Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers (10-14, 4-6 Summit) in a Summit matchup. The game gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
North Dakota State Bison vs. Denver Pioneers ATS Odds
Both teams lost in their last contest. The Pioneers lost to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 81-77, while the Bison lost a tough one against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 67-66.
North Dakota State forced Oral Roberts into a turnover percentage of 20.0 (above their season average of 16.0) while Denver had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.1 vs. 22.0). Denver received a boost from Jake Krafka, who put up 14 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Paul Miller played a pivotal role for North Dakota State with 15 points and six rebounds.
Second-chance opportunities might be scarce for North Dakota State in this contest. The Bison currently rank 307th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.3 percent), while Denver ranks 31st in defensive rebounding percentage (75.6 percent).
In their first matchup this year, Joe Rosga led the Pioneers to a 67-61 win. He put up 15 points and six rebounds. The Pioneers’ 21.9 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Bison, who had a mark of 11.4.
North Dakota State Bison at Denver Pioneers ATS Pick
Free Pick: SU Winner – North Dakota State, ATS Winner – North Dakota State, O/U – Under
North Dakota State ranks 65th in three pointers allowed per game (19.9) while Denver ranks 282nd (26.5).
The Bison are 14th in the NCAA with 10.4 assists allowed per game while the Pioneers are 43rd with 11.5 assists allowed per game.
North Dakota State ranks 221st in steals per game (4.4) while Denver ranks 227th (4.0).
The Pioneers rank 15th in rebounds allowed per game (30.7) while the Bison rank 90th (33.4).
North Dakota State allows the 29th-fewest blocks per game (2.5) while Denver ranks 60th (2.9).
The Pioneers have outscored opponents by an average of 1.0 point in their last five games. For the season, Denver has lost by an average of 1.6 points.
During their last five games, the Bison have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (3.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.4 points per game (0.1 above their season average).