The North Dakota State Bison (21-8, 12-3 Summit) and Omaha Mavericks (16-14, 9-6 Summit) will battle at Scheels Center to finish out the regular season. Action starts at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Omaha Mavericks at North Dakota State Bison Odds Preview
In the Mavericks’ last game, they barely escaped the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 84-83. Wanjang Tut led Omaha in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting. The Mavericks, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.504, had a superb mark of 0.575 and had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 15.1).
The Bison come in on a high note after just getting past the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in their last outing, 71-69. North Dakota State received a boost from Tyson Ward, who was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting. North Dakota State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 23.7) and a free throw rate of 0.136 (matching their season average). For those same stats, South Dakota State was 5.7 and 0.066, respectively.
The prolific offense of North Dakota State (39th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 109.8) will square off against the porous defense of Omaha (327th in the country with a defensive efficiency of 107.8). The Bison should have the advantage on that side of the ball. Ball protection should be an advantage for the Mavericks. They rank 53rd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.0 percent), while the Bison force the fifth-fewest turnovers in the country (opponents’ turnover percentage of 15.5 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bison won 86-78. The Bison dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.479 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.0. For those same stats, the Mavericks were 0.258 and 16.7, respectively. Ward was a standout player in the game, putting up 22 points and nine rebounds.
Omaha Mavericks at North Dakota State Bison Free Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – North Dakota State, ATS Winner – North Dakota State, O/U – Over
The Bison rank 43rd in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Mavericks rank 116th (3.4).
Omaha ranks 196th in steals per game (5.4) while North Dakota State ranks 230th (4.8).
North Dakota State ranks ninth in assists allowed per game (9.6) while Omaha ranks 242nd (14.6).
The Bison rank 42nd in three pointers attempted per game (25.8) while the Mavericks rank 258th (18.3).
North Dakota State ranks 28th in rebounds allowed per game (31.5) while Omaha ranks 191st (36.1).
The Bison’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, down from 7.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mavericks have scored an average of 80.2 points per game (5.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.2 points per game (2.3 below their season average).