Mavericks open as college hoops underdog vs Mastodons
IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Nebraska Omaha Mavericks Odds
The Nebraska Omaha Mavericks will try to cover the spread at Ralston Sports and Event Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons in NCAA basketball action.
Supporters of the Mastodons have watched them go 10-13 and 7-10 ATS on the year, while the Mavericks are at 7-16 and 9-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Mavericks are 8-5, while the Mastodons have a 5-7-1 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 238-rated IUPU Fort Wayne taking on the No. 327-rated Mavericks in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 71-58 win for the Mastodons on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Nebraska Omaha has the nation's No. 109-rated offensive output, at 70.1 PPG. The visiting Mastodons defense ranks No. 130 allowing on average 64.4 PPG. The Mavericks FG% has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Mastodons marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.9% per game.
Defensively, IUPU Fort Wayne features the nation's No. 145-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.3 points per game. Nebraska Omaha, meanwhile, comes in at No. 38 nationally in scoring at home.
IUPU Fort Wayne was an 80-79 winner in their most recent outing at home against IUPUI. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Frank Gaines scored 29 points for IUPU Fort Wayne on Saturday, leading the Mastodons to an 80-79 win over IUPUI at Memorial Coliseum.
Nebraska Omaha was a 67-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UMKC. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Justin Simmons scored 21 points leading the Mavericks to a 67-59 victory over UMKC at Municipal Auditorium on Saturday.
IUPU Fort Wayne home to South Dakota State, Thursday, February 7
Nebraska Omaha home to Oakland, Saturday, February 2