The St. Thomas MN Tommies and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet Saturday in college basketball action from the Betty. St. Thomas MN is fresh off a Thursday game versus North Dakota State. The Tommies ended up falling by nine points. As for North Dakota, they played Western Illinois in their Thursday matchup. In that game the Hawks fell by 11 points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
St. Thomas MN Tommies
St. Thomas MN’s season started out on a 13-9 clip through the first 22 games. The Tommies would then hit a solid 5-2 stretch with victories over South Dakota State, Omaha, Denver, UMKC and Western Illinois alongside losses to South Dakota and Oral Roberts.
On Thursday versus North Dakota State, the Tommies hit a 31-28 edge by halftime. St. Thomas MN was outscored 45-33 in the second however and lost 73-64. Andrew Rohde led the way on 20 points and five rebounds.
North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Over on the North Dakota side, they kick off the season on a rocky 7-14 run. The Hawks went a mediocre 4-4 in the next eight with wins over South Dakota, Denver, Omaha and UMKC mixed with losses to Western Illinois, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Oral Roberts.
Matched up against Western Illinois on Thursday, the Hawks were down 38-32 going into the second half. North Dakota didn’t end up getting any closer in a 43-38 stretch and lost 81-70. Tsotne Tsartsidze topped the team on 19 points with 13 rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll stick with North Dakota in this one. Neither team played particularly well in their Thursday games however, so it’s taken some of the luster off this regular-season-ending matchup . In any case, North Dakota has at least been scoring well lately; they’ve hit 70 or more points in 12 straight outings. The Hawks didn’t do so well the last time these teams met up on December 19 at Schoenecker Arena however, falling in a 75-62 result after a 45-32 deficit in the second half. I think the Hawks will play much better at home in the rematch.