The Coyotes and Fighting Hawks are set to face off at 2:00 ET on Summ. The Fighting Hawks will host the game at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, ND. The over/under for this game is set at 150.5 points, and North Dakota is favored by -8.5 vs. South Dakota in a Summit conference matchup.

SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES VS NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING HAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: North Dakota Fighting Hawks -8.5

This game will be played at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING HAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-66 in favor of the Fighting Hawks.
  • Not only will North Dakota pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 150.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can South Dakota Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

South Dakota will be looking to snap their seven-game road losing streak tonight as they are 4-11 on the road this season compared to 5-7 at home. The Coyotes have gone 2-1 in their last three games and 5-10 in Summit League play this season.

So far this year, South Dakota has been the underdog in 22 of their 30 games, going 5-17 in those contests. Overall, the Coyotes are 12-18, and they are coming off an 88-68 win over North Dakota State.

South Dakota has been a solid team against the spread this season, going 14-13. As the underdog, they are 11-11 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Coyotes have gone 7-3 vs. the spread. On the road, South Dakota has an ATS record of 8-7 this season and they are 6-4 vs. the spread in their last 10 road games.

South Dakota’s over/under record this season is 15-12, and today’s line of 150.5 is similar to their average over/under line of 150.1. So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line, including an average of 156 points in their last three games.

In their latest game, South Dakota’s offense looked good, scoring 88 points against North Dakota State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 54.2% and made 14/16 free throws. For the season, the South Dakota offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 45%. So far, they have hit 50% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 7.9 made three’s per contest.

Coming into today’s game, the South Dakota defense is giving up an average of 78.8 points per contest. In their previous game vs. North Dakota State, the Bison finished with a field goal percentage of 54% and a total of 68 points vs. South Dakota.

Will North Dakota Make it Happen at Home?

North Dakota enters this game with a record of 17-13, including a 9-6 mark in Summit League play. The Fighting Hawks have gone 7-5 at home this season, and they are 7-3 when favored.

In their last game, North Dakota lost to South Dakota State by a score of 72-62. Over their last 10 games at home, the Fighting Hawks are 5-5.

North Dakota’s ATS record this season is 13-14, including a 4-8 mark at home. As the favorite, the Fighting Hawks have gone 4-6 vs. the spread this year and they are just 3-6 ATS in their last 10 home games.

North Dakota’s over/under record this season is 11-14-2 and today’s line of 150.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (147.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and their OU record during that stretch is 0-3.

In contrast to their season average of 74.7 points per game, the North Dakota had a below average performance. They scored 62 points against South Dakota State and had a field goal percentage of 41.7%. The team’s top scorer is B.J. Omot, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 17.1, while Treysen Eaglestaff also carries a PPG average of 14.1 into the game.

At this time, the Fighting Hawks’ defense is positioned 172nd in the country, permitting 72.0 points per game. The North Dakota defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 72 points and allowed South Dakota State to connect on 8 threes.