Planning on watching today's Mavericks and Fighting Hawks game? Catch the action at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, ND, as the Fighting Hawks hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on Summ. The over/under for this Summit conference contest is set at 146.5 points, with North Dakota being favored by -4.5 at home against Omaha.


The Pick: North Dakota Fighting Hawks -4.5

This game will be played at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-66 in favor of the Fighting Hawks.
  • Not only will North Dakota pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Mavericks Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

Omaha heads into tonight's game as a 4.5-point underdog. They have gone 4-9 this season when getting points, and they have gone 12-12 overall.

Over their last 10 road games, the Mavericks have gone just 3-7. In their last outing, they beat St. Thomas (MN) by a score of 69-65.

As the underdog this season, Omaha has gone 9-4 vs. the spread. They also have an overall ATS record of 13-7. On the road, the Mavericks are 8-4 vs. the spread this year and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games.

Today's over/under line of 146.5 is very close to the average over/under line of 145.6 in Omaha's games this season. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 145 points.

In contrast to their season average of 74.6 points per game, the Omaha had a below average performance. They scored 69 points against St. Thomas (MN) and had a field goal percentage of 53.1%. Frankie Fidler led the team in scoring, putting up 24 points. Additionally, JJ White contributed 17 points for the Mavericks.

Currently, the Mavericks' defense holds the 128th rank in the nation, allowing 70.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Omaha's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.3% this season.

Will North Dakota Come Through as Home Favorites?

North Dakota is favored by 4.5 points in today's matchup against Omaha. They have a 6-2 record when favored this season, and they have won three straight games at home. Overall, the Fighting Hawks are 14-10, and their six-game win streak has improved their record to 6-3 in Summit League play.

In their last game, North Dakota defeated North Dakota State by a score of 60-58. Over their last 10 games at home, the Fighting Hawks have gone 7-3, and they are 6-3 at home this season. On the road, North Dakota is 5-7, and their average scoring margin is -4.0 points per game.

As the favorite, North Dakota has gone just 3-5 against the spread this season. Their ATS record at home is currently 3-6 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Fighting Hawks are 4-6 vs. the spread.

North Dakota's over/under record this season sits at 9-10-2, and today's over/under line of 146.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (146.8). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 6-4.

Most recently, the North Dakota offense finished with just 60 points vs. North Dakota State. For the game, they hit 5/22 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 37.5%. On the offensive front, the Fighting Hawks have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 295th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 312nd in terms of percentage and 119th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Fighting Hawks' defense holds the 172nd rank in the nation, allowing 72.1 points per game. Against North Dakota State, the Fighting Hawks' defense gave up 58 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, North Dakota State only made 7 free-throws.