North Dakota (2-5) at Bowling Green (3-5)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (4,280) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television:
None. Home Record: North Dakota 2-0, Bowling Green 2-1. Away Record: North
Dakota 0-3, Bowling Green 0-3. Neutral Record: North Dakota 0-2, Bowling Green
1-1. Conference Record: North Dakota 0-0, Bowling Green 0-0. Series Record:
North Dakota leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: North Dakota will be trying to stop a losing streak on the road as
it gets set to face the Bowling Green Falcons in a non-league tussle at the
On Saturday North Dakota visited Butler and dropped a 79-64 decision to the
Bulldogs. The loss was the fourth-straight for North Dakota, which is just 2-5
overall and has not won a single game outside of Grand Forks. North Dakota
will be back in its hometown for its next two games against Presentation
College and South Dakota State.
Bowling Green came roaring back to force overtime on the road against Xavier
last time out. However, the Falcons came up short in the 85-73 decision for
its second loss in the last three games. The Falcons have been only slightly
better than North Dakota in terms of overall wins and losses (3-5). Bowling
Green will visit Morehead State next.
These teams met for the first time last season and it was host North Dakota
that edged out a 56-53 victory.
In a game that was decided long before the final whistle, North Dakota just
didn't have enough success offensively to overcome Butler. North Dakota hit
only 36.9 percent of their field goal attempts, including a miserable 8-of-28
showing during the first half that dug them into a 39-22 deficit at halftime.
North Dakota would go on to trail by as many as 28 points in the second half.
The bigger problem this season for North Dakota has been on the defensive end
of the floor. North Dakota is allowing 83.1 points per game and a 51.4 percent
success rate on field-goal attempts to its opponents. Both of those marks rank
right near the bottom of the nation. Troy Huff (22.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg) carries
perhaps too much of the load offensively for the squad. Huff finished with 20
points in the loss to Butler for his third straight 20-point effort and fifth
overall this season. Aaron Anderson (13.3 ppg) and Jaron Nash (11 ppg) fill in
as the next best scoring options.
Bowling Green closed out the second half on a 17-6 run against Xavier to
overcome an 11-point deficit and force overtime. In the extra session the
Falcons' luck ran out as they hit just 1-of-6 shots from the floor.
Despite their losing record the Falcons actually own a slight advantage in
terms of scoring margin (+0.4). Prolific scoring isn't the reason, as the
Falcons are netting only 68 points per game. There is not a ton of depth on
the roster with only two reserves playing more than seven minutes per game.
Spencer Parker (13.1 ppg) represents the leading offensive option, while
Richaun Holmes (12.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg) leads on the glass and is netting
55.2 percent of his field-goal attempts. Jehvon Clarke (11.8 ppg, 4.8 apg) and
Anthony Henderson (11.8 ppg) make their living in the backcourt.
With how successful the Falcons can be on defense, especially with Holmes
patrolling the paint, they should be able to limit Huff and force North
Dakota's other scorers to pick up the slack. That recipe won't end well for
North Dakota on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Bowling Green 72, North Dakota 64
12/11 10:34:02 ET