The North Dakota State Bison and the St. Thomas Tommies meet in college basketball action from the Schoenecker Arena on Wednesday night.
The North Dakota State Bison will look to rebound from a 79-60 road loss to Western Illinois last time out. Grant Nelson leads the Bison in scoring and rebounding with 16 PPG and 8 RPG while Boden Skunberg has 13.1 PPG with 4.6 RPG this season. Andrew Morgan has 10.2 PPG with 5.8 RPG and Tajavis Miller has 10.1 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for North Dakota State up to this point this season. As a team, North Dakota State is averaging 70.8 PPG on 42.3% shooting from the field, 30.6% from three and 69% from the foul line this season.
The St. Thomas Tommies will be looking to build on a 75-62 win over North Dakota in their last game. Riley Miller leads the Tommies in scoring with 15.4 PPG while Andrew Rohde has 14.5 PPG with a team-high 3.5 APG to lead St. Thomas in assists this season. Parker Bjorklund has 13.6 PPG with 4 RPG in seven games to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for St. Thomas so far this season while Brooks Allen has 8.1 PPg with a team-high 4.4 RPG to lead the Tommies on the glass this season. As a team, St. Thomas is averaging 77 PPG on 48.2% shooting from the field, 40.4% from three and 78.4% from the foul line this season.
North Dakota State is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. St. Thomas is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
I could make a case for either side in this game as these early season conference games can be tricky, but I like the Tommies still here. St. Thomas has just been so efficient across the board offensively this season and North Dakota State’s defense has been nothing short of porous this season. On the other side, the Bison have a mediocre offense that really struggles to shoot from open play and I just think the Tommies get themselves a win and cover in this one.