The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (12-14, 5-6 Summit) look to put an end to the five-game winning streak of North Dakota State when they head to Scheels Center to square off with the Bison (18-7, 9-2 Summit). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, February 14, 2020.
Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at North Dakota State Bison Betting Preview
The Mastodons were victorious over the Denver Pioneers in their last matchup, 70-63. Deonte Billups was Purdue Fort Wayne’s leading scorer with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting. The Mastodons forced 17 turnovers and had a free throw rate of 0.255 (above their season average of 0.164).
In the Bison’s previous game, they beat the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 83-76. With 31 points on 8-for-14 shooting, Vinnie Shahid was the top scorer from either team. The Bison, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.528, had an extraordinary mark of 0.608 and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.6 (above their season average of 23.3).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bison won 71-60. The Bison dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.294 and a turnover percentage of 13.2. The Mastodons recorded marks of 0.098 and 17.8, respectively, for those same stats. In the victory, Shahid led all scorers with 22 points.
The upper-echelon offense of North Dakota State will face off against the bottom-tier defense of Purdue Fort Wayne. The Bison currently rank 50th in effective field goal percentage (0.531), while the Mastodons are 323rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.528). The Bison should have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Purdue Fort Wayne at North Dakota State Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – North Dakota State, ATS Winner – North Dakota State, O/U – Over
The Bison rank 31st in rebounds allowed per game (31.4) while the Mastodons rank 68th (32.9).
North Dakota State ranks 45th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Purdue Fort Wayne ranks 63rd (2.9).
North Dakota State ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (17.8) while Purdue Fort Wayne ranks 221st (23.7).
The Bison rank sixth in assists allowed per game (9.3) while the Mastodons rank 197th (14.2).
Purdue Fort Wayne ranks 79th in steals per game (7.2) while North Dakota State ranks 236th (4.8).
The Bison’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 11.8, up from 8.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mastodons have scored an average of 69.6 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.2 points per game (1.3 below their season average).