North Dakota St. Bisons vs. IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons
The North Dakota State Bison and the IPFW Mastodons face off on Tuesday in Sioux Falls Arena for the Summit League Tournament Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Bisons are -1 point favorites over the Mastodons.
The North Dakota State Bison had no problem with Denver on Monday winning by 35 points to advance to this game. NDSU is 13-2 in Summit League play and 12-5 in games played away from home. Taylor Braun leads the Bison averaging 18.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Marshall Bjorkland is averaging 13.4 points, TrayVonn Wright is averaging 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds, and Lawrence Alexander is 11.1 points. North Dakota State is averaging 76.9 points and they are shooting 51.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. North Dakota State won the regular season Summit League Title but they need a win here to make the Big Dance.
The IPFW Mastodons knocked off South Dakota State on Monday and advanced to this matchup. IP-Fort Wayne is 12-4 in Summit League play and 12-7 in games played away from home. Luis Jacobo is averaging 14.8 points per game to lead the Mastodons. Mo Evans is averaging 9.9 points, Steve Forbes is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Pierre Bland is averaging 9.8 point. IPFW is averaging 76.5 points and they are shooting 49.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.6 points and their opponents are shooting 45.6 percent. IPFW finished the regular season in second place in Summit League standings.
North Dakota State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 10-2 against the spread in their last 12 neutral site games, and 1-6 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. IPFW is 27-9-2 against the spread in their last 38 games, 18-7-1 against the spread following a win, and 14-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.
I like the Bisons to get the win and get the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
North Dakota St. Bisons -1 IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons