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North Dakota vs. Western Illinois - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Illinois at North Dakota
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
Grand Forks, ND
The Line
North Dakota Fighting Hawks -5 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Western Illinois at North Dakota
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks will travel to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Saturday afternoon.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-11 (1-3 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the North Dakota State Bison, 85-69, this past Thursday. Western Illinois had no answers on the defensive end for the Bison and couldn’t fight back after North Dakota State took a 53-33 lead with 15:17 left in regulation. Western Illinois allowed North Dakota State to shoot 51.6% from the field & 47.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Leathernecks was Kobe Webster who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 72.2 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Illinois has been led by Kobe Webster (17.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Isaac Johnson (12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), C.J. Duff (9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Brandon Gilbeck (9.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.0 bpg).

Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks dropped to 7-10 (1-3 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Omaha Mavericks, 92-91, this past Thursday. North Dakota allowed Omaha to take a late lead after a Mitchell Hahn 3-pointer gave the Mavericks a 92-90 lead with :08 seconds left in regulation and although they had a chance to force OT, Conner Avants missed the 2nd of two FT’s with just :01 second left in regulation. North Dakota allowed Omaha to shoot 47.1% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Mavericks by a 42-31 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Conner Avants who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.

On the season, North Dakota is averaging 75.9 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Cortez Seales (12.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg), Conner Avants (12.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), Aanen Moody (10.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Marlon Stewart (8.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to an average of 71.9 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Leathernecks are 15-35-2 ATS in their last 52 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Fighting Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games following an ATS win.

Western Illinois has lost 7 of their last 9 games and although they are decent from beyond the arc and at the FT-line, the Leathernecks rank just 226th in scoring offense & 218th in scoring defense. North Dakota has lost 5 of their last 6 games and come into this game ranked 128th in scoring offense & 196th in scoring defense.

It’s hard to trust the Fighting Hawks to cover any spread, however, Western Illinois hasn’t shown the ability to be competitive in away games this season as they have a 1-9 record on the road with their lone win coming against Southeastern Missouri State. North Dakota has a decent duo in Seales & Avants and as I thin their offense will be able to put up some points at home, I’m taking North Dakota to cover this spread.

Pick:
North Dakota Fighting Hawks -5

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