The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles look to break through against the Denver Pioneers when they meet in Summit League action on Friday in the first of back-to-back games. The Golden Eagles (6-6) have never won at Denver in seven tries. Oral Roberts, fourth in the Summit League at 3-1 and 2-5 on the road, is coming off a 74-57 win over North Dakota on Saturday. The Pioneers (1-8), seventh in the league at 0-2 and 1-5 at home, were swept by South Dakota, 93-54 on Jan. 2 and 79-57 on Jan. 3.
Tip-off from Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver is slated for 2 p.m. ET. Denver leads the all-time series 10-6. The Golden Eagles are 11-point favorites in the latest Oral Roberts vs. Denver odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 153.5. Before making any Denver vs. Oral Roberts picks, check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Oral Roberts vs. Denver spread: Oral Roberts -11
- Oral Roberts vs. Denver over-under: 153.5 points
- ORU: Is second in the nation, averaging 12.2 3-pointers per game
- DEN: Is averaging 70.5 points per game at home this season
Why Oral Roberts can cover
The Golden Eagles have two players averaging over 20 points per game and five scoring eight or more. Sophomore guard Max Abmas leads the way, averaging 21 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He is hitting 49.1 percent of his field goals, including 44 percent from 3-point range, and 84.6 percent of his free throws. He has scored 20 points or more in five games, including 37 at Omaha on Jan. 3 and 33 at Oklahoma State on Dec. 8.
Also wearing out the opposition is redshirt junior forward Kevin Obanor, who averages 20.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures in all 11 games he's played in, including a 39-point performance at Omaha on Jan. 2. He also scored 27 at Omaha on Jan. 3 and at Wichita State on Dec. 2. Last season, he played in all 31 games, making 28 starts, and led the team in blocks with 25. He also averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Why Denver can cover
Despite their struggles, the Pioneers have three players averaging 9.4 points or more. Leading the offense is junior guard Jase Townsend, who is fifth in the Summit League in scoring at 17.4 points per game. He is also averaging 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He is nearly automatic at the foul line and leads the conference, hitting 91.8 percent of his free throws. Townsend was named Preseason Summit All-League Second Team.
Also leading the Denver offense is freshman forward Sam Hines Jr., who has scored in double figures in four of his eight games played, including a 15-point performance against Texas State on Dec. 19. He is coming off a 14-point effort at South Dakota on Jan. 3. For the season, he is averaging 9.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.5 steals per game.
How to make Oral Roberts vs. Denver picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, with the simulations showing the teams will combine for 150 points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
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