Who's Playing

Denver @ North Dakota

Current Records: Denver 13-13; North Dakota 8-17

What to Know

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will be returning home after a four-game road trip. The Fighting Hawks and the Denver Pioneers will face off in a Summit battle at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. North Dakota hasn't won a contest against Denver since Feb. 5 of 2021, but they'll be looking to end the drought.

North Dakota had enough points to win and then some against the South Dakota Coyotes on Saturday, taking their game 86-72.

Meanwhile, the matchup between Denver and the St. Thomas (MN) Tommies on Saturday was not a total blowout, but with Denver falling 68-57 at home, it was darn close to turning into one.

Barring any buzzer beaters, North Dakota is expected to win a tight contest. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with the Fighting Hawks, who are 11-11-1 against the spread.

North Dakota is now 8-17 while Denver sits at 13-13. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: North Dakota has allowed their opponents to shoot 47.20% from the floor on average, which is the highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball. Denver's offense has more to brag about, as they they rank 17th in college basketball when it comes to field goal percentage, with 48.60% on the season. Maybe that strength will give the Pioneers the oomph they need to beat the odds.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Betty Engelstad Sioux Center -- Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Fighting Hawks are a 3-point favorite against the Pioneers, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Fighting Hawks, as the game opened with the Fighting Hawks as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

North Dakota have won five out of their last nine games against Denver.

  • Jan 14, 2023 - Denver 78 vs. North Dakota 71
  • Feb 03, 2022 - Denver 81 vs. North Dakota 79
  • Jan 08, 2022 - Denver 93 vs. North Dakota 74
  • Feb 06, 2021 - Denver 85 vs. North Dakota 81
  • Feb 05, 2021 - North Dakota 85 vs. Denver 82
  • Jan 23, 2020 - North Dakota 78 vs. Denver 71
  • Jan 02, 2020 - North Dakota 82 vs. Denver 71
  • Feb 23, 2019 - North Dakota 81 vs. Denver 63
  • Jan 05, 2019 - North Dakota 80 vs. Denver 59