Who's Playing

North Dakota @ Denver

Regular Season Records: North Dakota 12-19; Denver 15-16

What to Know

The Denver Pioneers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are set to clash at 7 p.m. ET March 3 at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in the first round of the Summit League Conference Tourney. The Pioneers will be seeking to avenge the 86-63 loss they suffered the last time these two teams played February 9th.

While not quite a landslide, the matchup between Denver and the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks on Saturday was still a pretty decisive one as Denver wrapped it up with a 72-61 win at home.

Meanwhile, the St. Thomas (MN) Tommies typically have all the answers at home, but on Saturday North Dakota proved too difficult a challenge. North Dakota was able to grind out a solid victory over St. Thomas (MN), winning 82-74.

Barring any buzzer beaters, Denver is expected to win a tight contest Friday. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a two-game streak of ATS wins.

A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Pioneers enter the contest with a 48.70% field goal percentage, good for 14th best in college basketball. Less enviably, the Fighting Hawks have allowed their opponents to shoot 46.90% from the floor on average, which is the 10th highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center -- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • TV: ESPN Plus
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Pioneers are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Fighting Hawks, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line on this game has moved a bit since it opened, as it started out as a pick 'em.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

North Dakota have won six out of their last ten games against Denver.

  • Feb 09, 2023 - North Dakota 86 vs. Denver 63
  • 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