The North Dakota Fighting Hawks (11-13, 5-5 Summit) look to snap the six-game winning streak of South Dakota when they welcome the Coyotes (17-8, 7-3 Summit) to Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Action gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
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The last time the Coyotes played, they dismantled the Peru State Bobcats, 106-45. Cody Kelley was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points on 10-for-12 shooting. South Dakota dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.180 (below their season average of 0.299) and a turnover percentage of 17.3 (worse than their season average of 13.7). Peru State put up marks of 0.078 and 34.3, respectively, for those same stats.
The Fighting Hawks will look to maintain momentum after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in their last outing, 74-68. North Dakota rallied around Kienan Walter, who had 19 points and seven rebounds. North Dakota played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.250 (below their season average of 0.270) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below their season average of 27.5). For those same stats, Oral Roberts was 0.140 and 17.2, respectively.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, North Dakota figures to have a considerable advantage. The sharp-shooting Fighting Hawks offense ranks 51st in the NCAA in that metric at 0.532, while the bottom-tier South Dakota defense is ranked 282nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.516). The Coyotes should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 12th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.1 percent). Conversely, the Fighting Hawks force the 10th-fewest turnovers in the country (opponents’ turnover percentage of 15.9 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Coyotes won both meetings played against each other last season. In the last matchup, South Dakota won 78-63. The Coyotes dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.246 and a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.561. The Fighting Hawks were 0.164 and 0.434, respectively, for those same stats.
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College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – South Dakota, ATS Winner – South Dakota, O/U – Over
North Dakota ranks 112th in rebounds per game (36.6) while South Dakota ranks 276th (32.6).
The Coyotes rank 28th in steals allowed per game (5.2) while the Fighting Hawks rank 158th (7.1).
The Fighting Hawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 2.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Coyotes have scored an average of 90.8 points per game (10.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.4 points per game (3.1 below their season average).