The NCAA Men’s Basketball season is off to a solid start. Top teams such as Gonzaga and Baylor are looking for another chance to jump to the top of college basketball again.
That has not prevented the North Dakota Fighting Hawks from attempting to start the season with a series of solid performances that will allow them to stay at the top of the Summit League.
The Fighting Hawks are now ready to head to CHI Health Center Arena in Omaha to face the Creighton Bluejays. As for the Blue Jays, opening the season with a win has also allowed the team to remain motivated and on positive ground.
The Blue Jays are now ready to play their second home game and compete in the Big East Conference against other top college teams looking for a championship this year.
The Fighting Hawks are looking for any signal that will lead to a more successful season this year. North Dakota barely managed to finish the season with a 2-16 record in 2021-22.
The fact that the Fighting Hawkeyes have an early season victory may help put them above previous years. As the team gets ready for its second road game, the expectations are rising to start establishing a better level of performance.
For the Fighting Hawks, a victory against Incarnate Word was partly thanks to Matt Norman, who finished the game with 14 points and a 50% field goal percentage, while Elijah Brooks added two steals.
Last season, the Blue Jays were successful, finishing with a positive season record. However, that record proved insufficient to make it into the postseason.
The Blue Jays finished the 2021-22 season with a 12-7 record, while conference rivals like Villanova and Providence finished at the top of the standings.
After their 72-60 win over St. Thomas, Creighton is aiming at a second straight home victory against the Fighting Hawks. Arthur Kaluma led them with 17 points, while Trey Alexander shot 45.5% from the field in the victory.
The Fighting Hawks are all set to visit the Blue Jays tonight. For North Dakota, the total has gone under in all of their last five road games. As for Creighton, the total has hit under in six of their previous nine games.
The Fighting Hawks are 1-0 on the road. After just one game and a 65-57 win, North Dakota proved that they are not only performing better but might just surprise some people this season.
Expectations are high for Norman and other top talents such as Jalun Trent. However, the Blue Jays are still a solid team to face early in the season. Creighton also competes in one of the toughest conferences in the nation but proved in their first game that there is still plenty they need to fix.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Blue Jays win, and the under hits.