Western Illinois vs. North Dakota - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois vs. North Dakota - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

North Dakota Fighting Hawks (11-14) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Western Hall)

The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will travel to Western Hall to take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks dropped to 11-14 (5-6 Summit League) on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota Coyotes, 82-68, this past Saturday. North Dakota struggled with turnovers agianst the Coyotes and couldn’t fight back after South Dakota went into halftime with a 41-34 lead. North Dakota allowed South Dakota to shoot 49.1% from the field and committed 20 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Marlon Stewart who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

On the season, North Dakota is averaging 75.2 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Marlon Stewart (18.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.1 apg), De’Sean Allen-Eikens (14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Filip Rebraca (13.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 bpg).

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Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of -3.0.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 5-17 (2-10 Summit League) on the season after being defeated by South Dakota Coyotes, 85-72, this past Wednesday night. Western Illinois struggled defensively against South Dakota and couldn’t fight back after the Leathernecks fell behind by a 67-51 margin with 7:38 left in regulation. Western Illinois allowed South Dakota to shoot 53.4% from the field and was outrebounded by the Coyotes by a 34-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Leathernecks was Kobe Webster who had 29 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 74.2 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Illinois has been led by Kobe Webster (16.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.8 apg), Zion Young (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Ben Pyle (12.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 80.2 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks have a rebound margin of -4.6 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Fighting Hawks are just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games, however, are 2-1 ATS in their last 3 games vs. Western Illinois. The Leathernecks are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games at home.

North Dakota comes into this game ranked 77th in scoring offense & 55th in FG%, however, the Fighting Hawks have struggled defensively and currently rank just 290th in scoring defense and 329th in turnover margin.

Western Illinois is a solid three-point shooting team, ranking 79th in three-pointers made per game and 38th in 3P-FG%, however, similar to North Dakota, the Leathernecks have struggled defensively and currently rank just 340th in scoring defense and 338th in defensive FG%.

It’s been a tough season for Western Illinois, however, the Leathernecks were competitive on the road in a 83-77 loss agianst North Dakota earlier this season and between the fact that the Fighting Hawks are just 3-11 on the road this season and that I think Western Illinois will have success offensively in this one, I’m going to take the home team and the points in this one. Good Luck!

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