St. Thomas vs Western Illinois Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/5/23

Western Illinois Leathernecks (16-13) vs St. Thomas (MN) Tommies (18-13)

Game Info: Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)

Betting Odds: Western Illinois Leathernecks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Thomas Tommies and Western Illinois Leathernecks face off on Sunday in a college basketball showdown in the Summit League Tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. When these two teams faced off on February 18th it was St. Thomas that secured the 82-69 victory. 

St. Thomas Betting Preview

St Thomas was just a DIII team a few years back, but they have been impressive. St. Thomas comes into this game with an 18-13 record overall and they have gone 18-11 against the spread. The Tommies are averaging 74.7 points while their defense is giving up 70.6 points per game. This is a team that wants to push the pace, but at times the defense has been an issue, and will need to be a lot better here. Andrew Rhode has been the top player for St. Thomas averaging 16.7 points while thile shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

Western Illinois Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Western Illinois who sits with a 16-13 record overall and they have gone 15-10-1 against the spread. In the last game against North Dakota they were competitive, but the defense wasn’t enough and they ended up losing 71-69. Trenton Massner had a strong game finishing with 24 points. Western Illinois is averaging 73.5 points while their defense is giving up 72.6 points per game. Trenton Massner is having a strong season averaging 19.3 points while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. 

St Thomas vs Western Illinois Trends

The Tommies are 4-0in their last four neutral site games. The Tommies are 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.

Shane’s Free Pick

The last time these two teams faced off it was St Thomas that put up 82 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score again in this game. I don’t trust this Western Illinois defense and they are going to really struggle to defend again in this game. Back St. Thomas to win this game and cover the spread. 

Shane’s Pick St Thomas -3.5

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