Weber State Wildcats (10-6) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (5-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 13, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks +2 -- Over/Under:
The Weber State Wildcats will travel to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Weber State Wildcats won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-6 (3-1 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Northern Colorado Bears, 78-74, this past Thursday night. Weber State trailed by a 39-39 margin at halftime, however, used a 25-10 run to take a 68-62 lead with 5:10 remaining and held on late for the win. Weber State shot 47.2% from the field and outrebounded Northern Colorado by a 39-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Jerrick Harding who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Weber State is averaging 79.1 ppg on 51.1% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jerrick Harding (21.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Ryan Richardson (13.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Zach Braxton (12.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Brekkott Chapman (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Weber State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks snapped their 8-game losing streak and improved to 5-11 (1-4 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Idaho State Bengals, 81-58, this past Thursday. North Dakota has one of their best defensive performances of their season against the Bengals and pulled away after taking a 52-31 lead with 15:17 left in regulation. North Dakota held Idaho State to 30.4% (7-23) shooting from beyond the arc and forced the Bengals into committing 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Cortez Seales who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, North Dakota is averaging 74.3 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 29.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Geno Crandall (15.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.0 spg), Marlon Stewart (13.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Cortez Seales (10.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Dale Jones (10.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.1 apg). Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 82.1 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field.
The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Big Sky opponents however are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Fighting Hawks are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Weber State has won 6 of their last 7 games and has been solid on both sides of the ball this season as the Wildcats rank 77th in scoring offense, 10th in FG%, 60th in scoring defense, and 75th in defensive FG%. North Dakota snapped their losing streak and forced Gonzaga to need OT to beat them recently, however, the Fighting Hawks have really struggled on the defensive end this season as they currently rank 334th in scoring defense and 347th in defensive FG%. Weber State is just 1-2 away from home this season, however, I think the Wildcats offense will be able to find success against the North Dakota defense and I’m going to roll with Weber State covering this small road spread.