The St. Thomas – Minnesota Tommies and Western Illinois Leathernecks meet Sunday in the college basketball Summit Tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The St. Thomas – Minnesota Tommies are averaging 74.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Andrew Rohde is averaging 16.7 points and 3.7 assists, while Parker Bjorklund is averaging 14.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. Riley Miller is the third double-digit scorer and Brooks Allen is dishing 2.3 assists. The St. Thomas – Minnesota Tommies are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The St. Thomas – Minnesota Tommies are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.5 rebounds per game.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 73.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Trenton Massner is averaging 19.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Alec Rosner is averaging 13.7 points and 3 rebounds. Vuk Stevanic is the third double-digit scorer and Jesiah West is dishing 2.2 assists. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game.
The Tommies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Leathernecks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The over is 7-3 in Leathernecks last 10 overall.
The St. Thomas (MN) Tommies blasted Western Illinois a few weeks ago, and they were decently the better team this season overall. St. Thomas (MN) win in the favorite role by an average of 11.4 points. Western Illinois enter the tournament struggling defensively and losing its last 5 games by an average of 5 points. I'll lay the chalk with the Tommies.