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Kansas City vs North Dakota Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Roos vs Fighting Hawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Kansas City Roos at North Dakota Fighting Hawks
  • Where: Grand Forks at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Kansas City -2.5, UMKC -148 | NDAK +122 O/U 125.5

Roos Preview:

The Kansas City Roos head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 7-12. So far, the Roos have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 2-8. This season, Kansas City has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. For today’s contest, Kansas City has a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.

Kansas City will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer RayQuawndis Mitchell who is averaging 18.68 points per game for the Roos. Mitchell is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Roos’ offensive game plan is the play of Shemarri Allen who has hit 43.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.42 points per game.

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On offense, Kansas City comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 162nd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Roos’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.5 points per game. So far, 36.16% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.5%.

Fighting Hawks Preview:

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 6-13. Currently, the Fighting Hawks have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 4-6. So far, the Fighting Hawks have been the underdog 17 times, going 3-14 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

North Dakota’s leading scorer this season is B.J. Omot, who is averaging 10.95 points per contest. So far, Omot has accounted for 16.14% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.95 rebounds per game and 0.95 assists. Matt Norman is the second leading scorer for the Fighting Hawks, averaging 8.63 points per game. Between him and Norman, they are accounting for 28.9% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Dakota this season, as they are currently ranked 232nd in college basketball at 70.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Fighting Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 221st in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Kansas City Roos -2.5

Heading into this matchup, with the Kansas City Roos sitting as -2.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Kansas City and North Dakota are averaging 9.48 and 8.97 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Kansas City has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Roos to cover at -2.5.

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