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North Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 1/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (7-9) at North Dakota State Bison (11-6)

College Basketball: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Arena)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ME TV

The Western Illinois Leathernecks and North Dakota State Bison play Friday night at the Scheels Arena.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks have lost three straight games and are looking for their third conference win. On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 61.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting and is allowing 71.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Garret Covington is averaging 16 points and 3.9 rebounds while Jabari Sandifer is averaging 9.4 points and 4.8 assists. Mohammed Conde is grabbing six rebounds and J.C. Fuller is shooting 33.8 percent from the field. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have seven players averaging at least 5.1 points while they’re shooting 70.6 percent from the line and 32.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 68 or less points in five of its last eight games.

North Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - 1/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison have won five of their last six games and look for their fourth conference win. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 64.5 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 64 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Lawrence Alexander is averaging 17.8 points and 4.4 rebounds while A.J. Jacobson is averaging 11.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Dexter Werner is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Kory Brown is shooting 53.4 percent from the field. The North Dakota State Bison have seven players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 71.7 percent from the line and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, North Dakota is allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.

The Leathernecks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Summit and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Leathernecks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in North Dakota State and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.

This is too many points to pass up with two teams that really aren't that much better than one another. The Leathernecks have owned the Bison ATS overall the years and I don't see that changing here. 

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Western Illinois Leathernecks +12.5

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