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Western Illinois vs. North Dakota State - 3/11/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Dakota St vs. Western Illinois
Date & Time Monday March 11, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The Line
The Line: Western Illinois +6.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | North Dakota St vs. Western Illinois
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The North Dakota St Bison and Western Illinois Leathernecks meet Monday in the college basketball Summit Tournament semifinal at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The North Dakota St Bison look for another victory after beating up Oral Roberts on Sunday. The North Dakota St Bison are averaging 73.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Vinnie Shahid is averaging 12.6 points and 3.2 rebounds while Tyson Ward is averaging 12.1 points and 2.3 assists. Deng Geu is the third double-digit scorer and Rocky Kreuser is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The North Dakota St Bison are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The North Dakota St Bison are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The North Dakota St Bison have won five of their last six non-home games.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks look for another win after barely escaping from South Dakota State on Saturday. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 70.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 16.7 points and 3.2 assists while Isaac Johnson is averaging 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. C.J. Duff is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Gilbeck is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have lost four of their last five non-home games.

The Leathernecks are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Summit, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Bison are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Leathernecks are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 12-5 in Bison last 17 overall. The under is 4-1 in Leathernecks last 5 overall.

When these teams met last month, it was decided by just two points and neither of these teams enter this contest shooting the ball well. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have the rest advantage, bu they're just 5-12 ATS as an underdog this season and are losing their last five games by an average of 10 points despite winning on Saturday. The North Dakota St Bison have been the more consistent team over the course of the year and are a profitable 10-7 ATS as a favorite. I don't love it, but the Bison should win this game comfortably. 

Pick:
North Dakota St Bison -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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