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Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. North Dakota State Bison - 2/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota State Bison (14-7) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-11)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Western Hall)

The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks welcome the North Dakota State Bison at Western Hall on Sunday.


The North Dakota State Bison are locked in a first place battle for first in the Summit League with South Dakota State so there is little room for error. The Bison rebounded from their second conference defeat to outlast Denver 61-54 in overtime Thursday. NDSU trailed 26-16 at the break before a late rally sent this to the extra session. The Pioneers slowed this to a crawl with both teams sinking shots at 43% with the Bison dominating the backboards 34-17 and securing the win with 16-7 advantage at the charity stripe. Lawrence Alexander led all scorers with 21 points but was just 6-16 from the field with Kory Brown and Dexter Werner combining for 21 points with Brown hauling in 13 rebounds. Carlin Dupree chipped in with nine points but the remainder of the team totaled just ten points.

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. North Dakota State Bison - 2/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks are not the same team we saw a few seasons ago as they are fighting to climb to the upper half of the Summit League standings. The Leathernecks took a positive step with a 63-59 victory versus IUPUI on Friday that put an end to a five game slide. Both teams sank shots in the 45% range with the Leathernecks posting six more looks and five more long balls to offset the Jaguars 8-3 advantage at the charity stripe. JC Fuller led the Leathernecks offense with a game high 20 points on 8-14 from the floor including four bombs. Jamie Batish went 4-5 for eleven points with Garrett Covington chipping in with nine points but struggled on 4-18 from the field. Mohamed Conti and Tate Stensgaard combined for 13 points with Conde hauling in a game high 14 rebounds.


The Bison are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. NDSU are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Leathernecks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. WIU are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Bison are easily the better team but I think the points are too much to ignore...

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Western Illinois +8

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