North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs South Dakota Coyotes Prediction, 12/10/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs South Dakota Coyotes
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Location: Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD
Odds/Point Spread: North Dakota (+3)
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks (0-3) travel to Sanford Pentagon on Thursday where they'll meet the South Dakota Coyotes (0-3). South Dakota opens this contest as 3-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 143.5.
North Dakota comes into this game with a record of 0-3 on the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 16.7 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 21.0 fouls per game. As a unit, North Dakota is pulling in 34.7 rebounds per game and has racked up 33 assists this season, which is 246th in the nation in terms of passing. The Fighting Hawks are connecting on 33.8% on 3-pointers (22 of 65) and 68.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 69.0 points per game (215th in college hoops) while going 42.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Fighting Hawks are forcing 12.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.3 fouls. The Fighting Hawks defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.7% (84 of 176) and they relinquish 35.3 boards per contest as a unit. They are 113th in college basketball in giving up assists with 39 relinquished on the season. They surrender 27.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 247th in college basketball in PPG allowed (77.0).
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks took the court against the Minnesota Golden Gophers and took a loss by a final of 76-67 in their last contest. North Dakota walked away from the contest having earned a 41.7% FG percentage (25 of 60) and converted 8 out of their 19 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Fighting Hawks converted 9 of 11 shots for a percentage of 81.8%. When talking about getting rebounds, they compiled 27 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 13 assists in this game as well as earning 5 steals and 3 blocks. When it comes to the defense, North Dakota allowed 41.7% from the field on 25 out of 60. Minnesota distributed 18 dimes and 8 steals for the game. On top of that, the Golden Gophers collected 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Minnesota shot 68.2% at the free throw line by burying 15 of 22 tries. They also converted 5 out of their 16 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Filip Rebraca is someone who played a role in this matchup. He racked up 23 points on 10 out of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and totaled 6 rebounds. Rebraca finished the game at 52.6% from the field and also distributed 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this game for the Fighting Hawks was Caleb Nero. He pulled down 3 boards and earned 2 dimes. He shot 50.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 5-of-10 (16 points). When this game wrapped up, Nero played 31 minutes.
South Dakota has a win-loss record of 0-3 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Coyotes are shooting 35.2% from the floor, which is 338th in college hoops. South Dakota has accounted for 183 points so far this year (61.0 per contest) and they pull in 37.7 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 10.3 times per contest (274th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.7 times per game. The Coyotes are responsible for committing 16.7 fouls every game and they hit 74.6% from the charity stripe. The Coyotes on the defensive end are ranked 242nd in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 76.3. They concede 15.7 dimes and 44.3 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 250th and 291st in those categories. The South Dakota defense allows 36.4% from downtown (24 of 66) and opponents are making 74.1% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 11.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.5% from the field (134th in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the South Dakota Coyotes went home defeated by a final of 76-69 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Coyotes were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 34 for the game. They also rejected 3 tries while getting 6 steals in the matchup. The Cornhuskers had 20 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Coyotes to the charity stripe for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 76.2%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, South Dakota buried 7 of 26 tries (26.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Coyotes finished the game shooting 23 out of 65 from the floor which had them at 35.4%. The Coyotes permitted the Cornhuskers to convert 24 of their 60 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 40.0% in this matchup. They shot 29.2% from distance by connecting on 7 out of 24 and ended up going 21 of 30 from the charity stripe (70.0%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, South Dakota permitted Nebraska to pull down 44 overall (10 offensive).
A.J. Plitzuweit ended up being a factor for the Coyotes for the matchup. He made 7 of 16 for the matchup for a rate of 43.8%, which gave him 24 points. Plitzuweit pulled down 5 boards in his 36 mins played and accounted for 2 assists in this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for South Dakota was Stanley Umude. He totaled 23 points in 30 minutes on the court via 7 out of 18 from the floor for the game. Umude walked away from this one going 38.9% from the floor while also earning 5 assists and 11 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take North Dakota (+3)
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