North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Drake Bulldogs Pick – NCAAM December 22, 2020

There is a big slate of college basketball action on the schedule on Tuesday. There is basketball from the early afternoon hours at noon until late in the evening. It’s best advised not to go crazy with your bankroll and overreach on bets you otherwise wouldn’t have made. It can be tempting to bet more during a day with so many games, but forcing plays is never a good idea. That goes for any sport.

With that PSA out of the way, let’s dive into the action on the hardwood on Tuesday. There are a few quality games out there that will be entertaining to watch. You don’t need money on them to have a good time. West Virginia and Kansas is the marquee game of the day, while St. Mary’s and San Diego State is an under the radar game that peaks my interest.

Purdue and Iowa is certainly a nice showdown in the Big Ten as well. I will have Purdue and Iowa covered with a pick at TheSportsGeek, so pay attention to the college basketball picks page if you are looking for more college basketball bets. In one of the several games on Tuesday, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks travel to Des Moines for a meeting with the Drake Bulldogs at Drake University.

Drake has not been much of a threat on the national scene in over a decade. They went into the 2008 NCAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed and suffered a first-round upset against No. 12 Western Kentucky in overtime. That game was a thriller that included a deep three to beat the clock at the buzzer. Kyle Korver’s brother, Klayton, was on the roster which was quite talented and expected to be a sleeper in the tournament. Drake finished the regular season with a record of 28-5.

The best Drake has done since then is two second-round appearances in the CIT. They went 7-24 in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017, which signaled the end of the Ray Giacoletti era in Des Moines. They’ve been trending up following those two dreadful seasons, their worst since the 90’s. It took Darian DeVries one year to get Drake back on track. The Bulldogs went 24-10 last season and they look even more dangerous in 2020. They welcome the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota to Drake University on Tuesday. Head below for our free North Dakota vs. Drake pick for December 22, 2020.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Drake Bulldogs NCAAM Betting Odds:


  • North Dakota +14.5 (-110)
  • Drake -14.5 (-110)

  • North Dakota OFF
  • Drake OFF

  • Over 140 (+100)
  • Under 140 (-120)


North Dakota vs. Drake Prediction:

Drake is a perfect 8-0 going into Tuesday night. I doubt they’re as good as the 2007-08 team, but the Bulldogs are doing a good job of trending in that direction instead of into the sewer. Draka opened the season with a 80-70 win over the Kansas State Wildcats, which might have just been viewed as an off night for Kansas State.

However, seven more games into the season, and the Bulldogs are still undefeated and winning with ease in most cases. They are coming off a 111-67 blowout over Chicago State on Sunday. This was after Drake blew out their previous five opponents. The only team that has given them issues so far was South Dakota on November 27 following their big win over Kansas State.

If they weren’t coming off such a big win over a Big 12 school, maybe the Bulldogs clear South Dakota a little easier in that game. Drake has been efficient on both ends of the floor. They’ve netted 86.3 points per game for 28th in the NCAA, and the defense has been in strong form as well with 60.6 points conceded for 35th.

North Dakota has been a major disappointment thus far this season. They enter with an ugly record of 1-7, including a bad 74-73 loss against Dixie State on December 2. In their most recent outings, North Dakota fell in back-to-back games to Southern Illinois, 85-64 and 62-50.

Mind you, Southern Illinois looks like a really strong team after knocking off Butler last night. In any event, the Fighting Hawks have a lot of work to do to improve their numbers. They’re 220th in the NCAA with 72 points allowed per game, and 297th offensively with 63.8 points a game. Drake is being undervalued by the oddsmakers in this spot. They should probably be around a 17-point favorite.


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Kyle E / Author

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