North Dakota vs. Western Illinois - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota vs. Western Illinois - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-12) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (9-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)

The Line: North Dakota Fighting Hawks -10 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet in college basketball action from the Betty on Saturday. 

Western Illinois enters this one at 5-12 this year. The Leathernecks are 1-5 in their last six games, beating Denver while otherwise dropping to ND State, SD State, Fort Wayne, Oral Roberts and Omaha. 

In the loss to the Mavericks, Western Illinois’ Kobe Webster led the way on 17 points, four assists and three rebounds. Both Ben Pyle and James Claar added 13 points apiece, and combined for 13 rebounds. 

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Over on the North Dakota side, they’re 9-12 this season. The Hawks had a four-game losing streak going versus Omaha, Oral Roberts, SD State and ND State before beating Denver their last time out. 

In the win over the Pioneers, North Dakota’s Kienan Walter led the team on 25 points with three rebounds. Marlon Stewart added 19 points with seven rebounds and seven assists there, and De’Sean Allen-Eikens had 13 points. 

The Hawks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS loss. North Dakota is 0-5 ATS in their last five overall and the under is 11-5 in their last 16 Saturday games.
Meanwhile, the Leathernecks are 19-39-3 ATS in their last 61 Saturday games and 16-34-2 ATS in their last 52 after an ATS win. Western Illinois is 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games versus a team with a winning home record.
It’s been a pretty rough half-dozen games for the Leathernecks, even though they’ve been scoring pretty well. Western Illinois has scored at least 69 points in five of those six games, but they’re giving up a ton on the other side. 

As for North Dakota, they’ve had the same problem, with at least 71 given up in each of their last three. I feel better about taking the Fighting Hawks here, but it’s a tough matchup to decipher a cover; just depends on whose shots are falling. 

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Andrew’s Pick North Dakota Fighting Hawks -10

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