North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts Prediction: Points Will Be Tough to Come by Early

North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts prediction and pick for Saturday night's showdown between the two teams. Handicapper Matt McCuen breaks it down and gives us his pick for this one.
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North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts Prediction: Points Will Be Tough to Come by Early

I am back with my best college basketball bet of the day. We have had a great week on these so far, so let’s keep it rolling today as we have a loaded college basketball slate!

I am going with a small-school affair and everyone’s favorite bet the good old first half under! I am looking at a game between North Dakota State and Oral Roberts.

North Dakota State comes into this game sporting an overall record of 11-7 while Oral Roberts enters play at 13-6. Oral Roberts is coming off a season where they shocked the Ohio State Buckeyes with a first-round exit in March Madness as a No. 15 seed! Oral Roberts, this season, has been pretty average to this point and will look to get hot on the season and hopefully make a run again in March.

North Dakota State has one of the more underrated players in the nation in Rocky Kruser. Kruser is coming off a massive game where he dropped twenty-seven points. He will look to replay that performance tonight and lead North Dakota State to a win on the road. The leader for Oral Roberts has been guard Max Abmas, who has been outstanding for them this year, scoring nearly twenty-three points per game. This should be a good battle tonight but let’s get into why I like this first half under.

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North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts Prediction

The total here is seventy-five points, which is just a tall goal for the first half. I love getting these super high numbers and taking a shot on decent defense for twenty minutes and some bricks to be thrown up!

Both of these teams do score the basketball well, but here is the thing. These teams are both allowing just sixty-nine points per game. So these teams are also very good on the defensive side of the floor.

I think this total is a bit of an overreaction to their offensive abilities and not giving enough respect to these teams on the defensive end. North Dakota State scores significantly fewer points on the offensive end and plays at a relatively slow pace. They rank 226th in college basketball in terms of pace, and even though Oral Roberts can score the ball, they rank sub-50 in terms of pace per game. I think this is a great number we are getting here. Let’s cash in another one today! 

North Dakota State vs. Oral Roberts Pick

ROI 28%

Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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