The Omaha Mavericks (9-8, 2-0 Summit) look to snap a five-game road losing streak when they meet the North Dakota Fighting Hawks (8-8, 2-0 Summit) at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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The Mavericks defeated the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in their last outing, 74-67. With 15 points, Marlon Ruffin played well for Omaha. The Mavericks, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.500, had a superb mark of 0.588, while the Golden Eagles had a turnover percentage of 17.2 (above their season average of 13.6).
In the Fighting Hawks’ previous game, they beat the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons, 83-69. North Dakota was lifted by Marlon Stewart, who was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting. The Fighting Hawks made 23 of their 29 free throws (79.3 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.682 (above their season average of 0.543).
The elite offense of North Dakota (27th in the NCAA with an effective field goal percentage 0.550) will face off against the bottom-tier defense of Omaha (259th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.507). The Fighting Hawks should have the edge on that side of the ball.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Mavericks won all three contests last season. In the last game, Omaha won 81-76. The Mavericks dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 35.9 and a superb free throw rate of 0.273. For those same stats, the Fighting Hawks were 15.6 and 0.190, respectively.
Omaha Mavericks vs. North Dakota Fighting Hawks Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Omaha, ATS Winner – Omaha, O/U – Over
North Dakota averages 38.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 82nd in the NCAA. Omaha ranks 209th in rebounds allowed per game (37.2).
The Fighting Hawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.6, up from 5.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mavericks have scored an average of 78.0 points per game (5.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 81.2 points per game (6.0 above their season average).