North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Western Illinois Leathernecks
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Western Hall)
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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the Western Illinois Leathernecks meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Western Hall on Saturday night.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will try to leapfrog a few teams in the Summit League standings after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following an 82-68 loss to South Dakota to fall to 6-5 in conference play. Marlon Stewart leads the Fighting Hawks with 18.1 points and 5.1 assists per game while De’Sean Allen-Eikens is 2nd in scoring with 14.1 points per game and Filip Rebraca is 3rd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 13.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season. Kienan Walter also has 11.6 points per game to round out the scoring in double figures for North Dakota. As a team, North Dakota is averaging 75.2 points on 46.1% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the 3-point line and 77.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.8 points on 44.7% shooting from the field and 36.4% from behind the 3-point line this season. North Dakota is 3-11 straight up and 3-11 against the spread on the road this season.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks will be looking for a big win to get some momentum going, sitting at 2-10 in conference play on seven straight losses with an 85-72 loss to South Dakota last time out. Kobe Webster leads the Leathernecks in scoring and assists with 16.2 points and 3.8 assists per game while Zion Young is 2nd with 14 points per game and Ben Pyle is 3rd with 12.2 points per game. James Claar leads Western Illinois in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Illinois is averaging 74.2 points on 42.9% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the arc and 78.7% from the foul line while allowing their opposition to average 80.2 points on 47.4% shooting from the field and 37% from 3-point range this season. Western Illinois is 4-8 straight up and 3-7 against the spread at home this season.
I get that North Dakota is the better team with the better record, but the Fighting Hawks haven’t been great against the number as of late and the Leathernecks could really use a win to take a step towards locking up a tournament spot as only 8 of the 9 Summit League teams make the conference tournament and the Leathernecks are only one win better than last-placed Denver right now. I’ll take a shot with Western Illinois and the free bucket here.