Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. North Dakota State Bison - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota State Bison (13-7) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (7-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Western Hall)
The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The North Dakota State Bison will travel to play the Western Illinois Leathernecks in a Summit League game on Saturday.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks are 7-10 (0-6) and are coming off of a loss to South Dakota by a score of 76-67. Western Illinois has lost 8 games in a row and is yet to win a conference game this season. Western Illinois is averaging 71.8 points per game while giving up 68.9 points per game. Western Illinois is also averaging 36.2 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game. Garret Covington is averaging 17.2 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game for Western Illinois. J.C. Fuller is averaging 14.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Leathernecks. Western Illinois is shooting 74.5% on free throws, 39.6% on three-pointers, and 44.8% on all field goal attempts.
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The North Dakota State Bison are 13-7 (3-3) and are coming off of a loss to IPFW by a score of 79-74. North Dakota State has won 2 of their last 3 games and is sitting in 5th place of the Summit League standings. North Dakota State is averaging 72.2 points per game while giving up 64.9 points per game. North Dakota State is also averaging 36 rebounds per game and 12.2 assists per game. Paul Miller is averaging 16.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for North Dakota State. A.J. Jacobson is averaging 13.4 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Bison. North Dakota State is shooting 68.5% on free throws, 33.8% on three-pointers, and 44.7% on all field goal attempts.
North Dakota State is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. North Dakota State is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games. The under is 4-0 in North Dakota State’s last 4 Saturday games. Western Illinois is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games. Western Illinois is 6-21 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in the Western Illinois last 5 games. The under is 7-1 in these two teams last 8 meetings.
Western Illinois has really struggled in conference play, but will look to get back on track at home. North Dakota State has played better defense than Western Illinois, but the teams are similar in rebounding and shooting percentage. I look for Western Illinois to get their first conference win in front of their home crowd.