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Eastern Washington Eagles face North Dakota Sioux: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Eastern Washington EaglesNorth Dakota Sioux
14-14March 01, 2014, 03:00 | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center13-14

The North Dakota Sioux hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Eastern Washington Eagles pay a visit to Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Sioux bring a 13-14 record (10-14-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 14-14 Eagles, who are 12-12-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed North Dakota go 13-12 so far and the Eagles go 16-9.

View Eastern Washington Eagles vs North Dakota Sioux Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Eagles were listed as 5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game puts the Sioux, most recently No. 48 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Eagles, who rate No. 65 in the latest survey.

Eastern Washington was an 80-66 winner in its last match on the road against Northern Colorado. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Tyler Harvey went off for 31 points and added 6 rebounds for good measure, leading Eastern Washington to an 80-66 win over Northern Colorado on Thursday at Butler-Hancock Hall.

North Dakota was an 83-73 winner in its last match at home against Portland State. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. North Dakota got 24 points from Troy Huff en route to an 83-73 victory over Portland State on Thursday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and North Dakota has the nation's No. 80-rated offensive output, at 73.78 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 227 allowing on average 75.32 PPG. The Sioux FG% has averaged 46.07% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.45% per game.

A few Eagles at Sioux trends to consider:
Eastern Washington is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Eastern Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Eastern Washington's last 6 games
Eastern Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
North Dakota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
North Dakota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
North Dakota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
North Dakota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Washington at Idaho State, Thursday, March 6th
North Dakota at Northern Colorado, Tuesday, March 4th