NCAA Basketball Picks: IPFW vs. North Dakota State

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:07 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 2:07 PM GMT

The North Dakota St. Bison (24-6) and the IPFW Mastodons (24-9) will meet in the Summit League Tournament Finals on Tuesday night. Take a look at our handicapper's top NBA picks for this game.

IPFW vs. North Dakota State

According to NCAA basketball odds the Bison are an 8.0 point favorite and the posted total is 143.5. These teams split their 2 regular season meetings with each winning on their home floor. North Dakota St. won on February 14th 69-58 but failed to cover as a 13.5 point favorite. IPFW upset the Bison on January 9th as a 7.0-point underdog by the score of 82-71. North Dakota St. won the Summit League regular season title with a record of 12-2. IPFW finished tied for 2nd at 10-4.

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Summit Semifinals

North Dakota State reached the finals by trouncing Denver 83-48 last night, and easily covered as a 7.0 point favorite. It was sweet retribution for the Bison in the respect that 1 of their 6 losses this season came at the hands of the Pioneers. The Bison shot a blistering 62.5% from the field in the win, including going 8 for 12 (66.7%) from beyond the 3-point line. This is nothing new for a Bison team that’s #1 nationally in field goal percentage defense converting a superb 51.2% of their attempts on the season. The Bison were also outrebounded Denver 31-20, and only turned the ball over just 6-times. They’re also statistically the best defensive rebounding team in the country as well.

IPFW advanced to the finals of the tournament with a 64-40 blowout last night over South Dakota St. as a 3.0 point underdog. The key to the win for IPFW was the 18 turnovers they forced, which resulted in a bunch of easy baskets in transition. They also shot very well from beyond the three-point line converting on 7 of 18 attempts (38.9%). IPFW is #10 in the country in field goal percentage offense making a stellar 49.1% of their attempts. They’re also an excellent 3-point shooting team ranking 16th nationally at 39.5%. The Mastodons enter tonight riding a 5-game winning streak.

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Final Analysis

The Summit League Finals participants are two of the best shooting teams in all of NCAA basketball. Both are very capable of lighting it up from beyond the 3-point line. I look for both clubs to be very efficient offensively tonight while exhibiting terrific shooting throughout the contest. I like this contest to be a relatively high scoring affair that will easily surpass the total.

Free Pick: IPFW/North Dakota St. to go over the total of 143.5

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