North Dakota State Bison (18-8) vs. St. Thomas (MN) Tommies (8-16)
February 12, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: St. Thomas (MN) Tommies +6.5 ; Over/Under: 146
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The North Dakota State Bison and the St. Thomas MN Tommies meet Saturday in college basketball action from Schoenecker Arena. North Dakota State is sitting at 18-8 on the year. The Bison beat Western Illinois in double overtime during their last outing. As for St. Thomas MN, they’re 8-16 so far and coming off a loss to North Dakota. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
North Dakota State kicked off the year on an 11-5 run, then hit a pair of losses to Western Illinois and UMKC in January. Since then it’s been a 7-1 stretch with victories over Oral Roberts, St. Thomas MN, South Dakota, Omaha, Denver, South Dakota and Western Illinois.
In the Western Illinois rematch on Thursday, the Bison blew a 37-33 halftime lead and needed two overtime periods to power through on an 84-81 victory. Sam Griesel was the team’s leading scorer on 23 points and nine rebounds.
Over on the St. Thomas MN side, their year started at 8-7 through 15 games. Since then it’s been a string of nine straight losses however. The Tommies have fallen to Oral Roberts, Kansas City and North Dakota in their last trio.
On Thursday against North Dakota, the Tommies had a slim two-point lead by halftime. St. Thomas MN was outscored 34-44 in the second half during a 78-70 defeat. Riley Miller was the team’s top scorer with 13 points and two rebounds.
The Tommies are 0-5 ATS in their last five at home and 1-5 ATS in their last six Saturday games. St. Thomas MN is 0-9 ATS in the last nine overall.
Meanwhile, the Bison are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in the last four road games. The over is 9-4 in ND State’s last 13 Saturday games.
PICK: I’ve got to stay with North Dakota State here. The Bison have looked good on the scoreboard lately. They’ve hit 71 or more points in a whopping 16 straight games, losing just four of those outings.
The last time these teams met, North Dakota State secured a 77-56 win at home on January 25. Seeing as how St. Thomas MN has been at 67 points or below in four of their last six games, the stage seems set for a Bison cover.