NCAA hoops odds preview - Eastern Washington vs. North Dakota
Eastern Washington Eagles vs North Dakota Sioux Odds
North Dakota looks to cover the Sioux-Eagles pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 5-10 mark when they host Eastern Washington in college basketball wagering action.
Supporters of the Eagles have watched them go 4-12 and 4-9-1 ATS on the year, while the Sioux are at 5-10 and 5-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Sioux are 8-2, while the Eagles have a 2-8 mark.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Sioux as 4.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Sioux at No. 283 and the Eagles at No. 272 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 67-63 result in favor of the Sioux.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Dakota's No. 228-ranked offense, averaging 65.6 PPG, against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 339 at 76.9 PPG. The Sioux field goal percentage has averaged 40.2% so far, less than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Eastern Washington owns the country's No. 345-rated mark, allowing 85.2 points per game on the highway. North Dakota, on the other hand, rates No. 181 in scoring at home.
Eastern Washington was a 60-53 loser in its last match at home against Sacramento State. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Eastern Washington got 12 points from Kevin Winford but lost anyway, 60-53, to Sacramento State on Saturday at Reese Court.
North Dakota was an 86-73 winner in its last match at home against Montana State. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Sioux got 23 points from Jamal Webb as North Dakota ran past Montana State 86-73 on Saturday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Eastern Washington Eagles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Northern Colorado are 5-5
After playing Sacramento State are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
North Dakota Sioux Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Eagles at Sioux trends to consider:
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
North Dakota is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
North Dakota is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
Eastern Washington at Northern Colorado, Saturday, January 19
North Dakota home to Portland State, Saturday, January 19