The Missouri-Kansas City Roos and North Dakota State Bison are scheduled to meet in a Summit League Tournament matchup on Sunday night. This is the nightcap of the college basketball schedule, with the latest tip-off going to Kansas City and North Dakota State at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. This is a contest between the No. 6 and No. 3 team in the Summit League. This conference is so wide open that I don’t believe we can count out either of these teams.
Even the No. 6 seed in Kansas City could win the conference. San Diego State won the regular season title with a record of 16-6 and 9-3 in the conference, though they could be ripe for an upset, and no other team in the Summit League has 15 wins. After South Dakota State, South Dakota has the second seed in the conference with a record of 14-10 and 11-4 in the conference. Nobody really sticks out, so why not Kansas City or North Dakota State? No, it’s not going to be easy, but certainly doable for the Roos or Bison.
Both teams are coming off meetings against the teams from South Dakota. North Dakota State took a split against South Dakota, with a 80-71 loss on February 27, and then bouncing back the next day for a 89-77 win. Conversely, Kansas City was swept in back-to-back games by a score of 69-47 and 89-77. The usually strong Roos’ defense wasn’t active in either game, especially the second where it looked like they didn’t have much interest in competing.
If the Roos can get their defense together, they might be able to win in a minor upset today, and go on a run. Prior to the losses against South Dakota State, Kansas City was on a five-game winning streak and locking the opposition down. That five-game winning streak started with a 49-47 win against North Dakota State on January 30. North Dakota State won the first-round against Kansas City, a 71-67 win a day earlier, but that was close and a game that could have gone either way. Head below for our free Kansas City vs. North Dakota State pick on March 7, 2021.
Missouri-Kansas City Roos vs. North Dakota State Bison Summit League Tournament Betting Odds:
Kansas City vs. North Dakota State Prediction:
Kansas City and North Dakota State are teams that like to do the same. It’s no surprise that their two meetings this season were close calls. It felt about right that Kansas City and North Dakota State traded wins. Kansas City makes their bread by playing an aggressive brand of basketball. They are Virginia-lite in that sense. The Roos are active defensively and like to make life miserable on opposing offenses.
They got away from that against South Dakota State to close out the regular season, but comparing the North Dakota State and South Dakota State offenses is a little unfair. South Dakota State is vastly superior to the Bison. Through the regular season slate, the Roos allowed just 62.3 points per game for 20th in the NCAA. Prior to the games against South Dakota State, the Roos conceded an average of 54.4 points in their last five outings, which included two matchups versus the Bison. The Roos are fine offensively, with 70.3 points per game for 205th in the country.
That offensive production is more than fine for Kansas City. They slow things down to a halt and limit possessions for the opposition. Don’t get it wrong, though, the Roos can shoot the ball at a high clip. They’re eighth in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 50%. That includes shooting the deep ball, as the Roos are 37th in the nation with a 37.3% three point percentage. If Kansas City just had a major playmaker, they’d likely be the best team in the Summit League.
Like I said, these teams employ the same game plan often. The Bison like to go slow and play defense, too. They’ve allowed 67.2 points per game for 91st in the NCAA. I can’t say they’ve been playing at a high-level as of late, though. North Dakota State has conceded an average of 77.4 points against per game through their last five, with at least 77 points allowed in four of five tilts. This looks like too many points. I would side with Missouri-Kansas City in what should be a tight game down to the wire.