We have a full host of college basketball action on Friday throughout the afternoon and evening. Like most Fridays, the schedule is full of small conference college hoops. The biggest game on the docket has to be Georgia Tech and Clemson, along with Illinois and Nebraska. I know that the Big Ten always has a game on Friday night, essentially stealing the college basketball spotlight.
It doesn’t mean that’s where your money has to go tonight, and while I am not laying the farm on a Summit League matchup, I’m looking at a game in the conference on Friday. The Nebraska Omaha Mavericks are playing for pride tonight and the rest of the season.
Omaha is in Kansas City on Friday night looking for something to go their way. It has been tough sledding for the Mavericks, as they hope to collect two or three wins before the season comes to a conclusion. They have six more games left on their schedule, with three opponents, including Missouri Kansas City, North Dakota, and Denver.
They should be able to have a good chance of beating Denver, though there’s no guarantees when you’re the worst team in the conference. Omaha goes into Friday with a record of 2-16 and 0-8 in the Summit League. Playing for pride is all the Mavericks have left this season.
Credit Omaha for not giving up at least, though. They’re coming off a close loss against Western Illinois last weekend by a score of 75-73. This was after a 85-77 win for Western Illinois on Friday the day before. The Mavericks had the benefit of home court advantage in that two-game series, but were able to do nothing with it.
Now they’re on the road against a Kansas City team that can get after it defensively. If Omaha isn’t interested in playing tonight, they’re going to get bullied around and grinded out of the picture. That’s what Kansas City wants to do, as they impose their will on teams with their defense.
In their most recent outing, Kansas City pulled out a 49-47 win at North Dakota State. They were competitive in a 71-67 loss the day before on January 29. North Dakota State is one of the better teams in the Summit League with a record of 9-3 in the conference, so not a bad look for Kansas City. They are currently 7-10 and 3-5 in the Summit League. Head below for our free Omaha vs. Kansas City pick on February 12, 2021.
Omaha Mavericks vs. Kansas City Roos NCAA Betting Odds:
Omaha vs. Kansas City Prediction:
Kansas City has what Omaha doesn’t and that’s defense. The Roos want to grind the opponent out and pull away in the second half. They own the best defense in the Summit League and can be tough to find room to score points on. Kansas City has conceded just 61.9 points per game for 16th in the NCAA. They would get steamrolled playing against elite competition, but in the Summit League, their defense is giving this conference a lot of problems.
Holding a decent North Dakota State team to only 47 points is awfully impressive. It gets even better for KC at home, where they’ve yielded an average of just 52.1 points per game. What’s holding the Roos back this season has been their inconsistent offense. They can be good, but then look very mediocre in spots.
Overall this season, KC has scored an average of 72.2 points per game for 164th in the NCAA, which is respectable. At home that number goes up to 77.1 points per contest. But like I said, they can run hot and cool. Against Omaha, expect the Roos to be hot against a weak Omaha defense. Like I said, they have what Omaha doesn’t, and the Mavericks are really struggling to play tight defense.
Omaha has allowed an average of 80.7 points per game for 336th in the NCAA. On the road, it gets uglier, as the Mavericks have conceded 82.8 points per game, while scoring an average of just 65.5 points a game on the other end. That adds up to a whole lot of losses for Omaha. I don’t foresee Kansas City blowing Omaha out of the water in this game.
They don’t have a team designed to do that. However, the Roos should be able to grind away with their defense and take advantage of a porous Omaha defense. As I noted, I’m not laying the farm on a Friday night Summit League game, but 6.5 points looks too low with Kansas City at home against the worst squad in the conference. A 70-59 or 66-57 win looks about right for the Roos.