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Western Illinois vs. North Dakota State - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Dakota State at Western Illinois
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Western Hall
Macomb, IL
The Line
Western Illinois Leathernecks +2 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
ESPN 3
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The North Dakota State Bison will travel to Western Hall to take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The North Dakota State Bison improved to 10-12 (4-4 Summit) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 67-57, this past Saturday. North Dakota State and Oral Roberts were tied at 52-all late in the 2nd half, however, the Bison had no trouble picking up the victory after finishing off the game on a 15-5 run. North Dakota State held Oral Roberts to just 38.2% shooting from the field and 28.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Vinnie Shahid who had 23 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

Offensively, North Dakota State is averaging 72.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Tyson Ward (11.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.6 apg), Deng Geu (11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Vinnie Shahid (11.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Rocky Kreuser (10.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg).

Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 73.0 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-14 (3-6 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 74-73, last night. Western Illinois fought back after trailing for the majority of the 2nd half to take a late lead on a Kobe Webster three-pointer with :16 seconds left, however, the Leathernecks fouled North Dakota’s Marlon Stewart with just :01 second left in regulation and Stewart was able to calmly hit both FT’s to give the Fighting Hawks the victory. Western Illinois shot 40.0% from the field and was outrebounded by North Dakota by a 43-36 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Leathernecks was C.J. Duff who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Going into their game against North Dakota, Western Illinois was averaging 72.2 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks were averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Leathernecks have been led by Kobe Webster (17.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Isaac Johnson (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), C.J. Duff (10.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Brandon Gilbeck (9.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.8 bpg).

Defensively, Western Illinois was allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks had a rebound margin of -1.6 and were averaging 4.6 blocks per game.

The Bison are 18-39-2 ATS in their last 59 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Leathernecks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 15-35-2 ATS in their last 52 Saturday games.

North Dakota State has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 191st in scoring offense & T-255th in scoring defense. Western Illinois has lost 5 of their last 7 games and have similar statistics as the Bison as they currently rank 208th in scoring offense, 184th in scoring defense, and 154th in defensive FG%.

Western Illinois has a tough loss at home against North Dakota, however, I think they match-up better agianst the Bison as I’m not as concerned about the North Dakota offense being able to put up points against the below average Western Illinois defense. North Dakota State is just 1-8 on the road this season and as I just can’t trust the Bison defense on the road, I’m taking Western Illinois and the points in this one. Good Luck!

Pick:
Western Illinois Leathernecks +2

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