The Western Illinois Leathernecks will look to continue their recent mastery of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks when they meet in a key Summit League matchup on Thursday. The Leathernecks (15-12, 8-8 Summit), who have won the last four matchups with North Dakota, posted a 92-80 triumph on Jan. 23. The Fighting Hawks (11-18, 5-11), who are 4-2 this month, have not beaten Western Illinois since Jan. 29, 2021. The all-time series between the teams is tied 7-7.
The game from the Englestad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D., will tip off at noon ET. Western Illinois is averaging 73.4 points per game, while North Dakota averages 71.2. The Fighting Hawks are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Western Illinois vs. North Dakota odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 147.5. Before making any North Dakota vs. Western Illinois picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on North Dakota vs. Western Illinois and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for North Dakota vs. Western Illinois:
- Western Illinois vs. North Dakota spread: North Dakota -3.5
- Western Illinois vs. North Dakota over/under: 147.5 points
- Western Illinois vs. North Dakota money line: North Dakota -170, Western Illinois +143
- WIU: The Leathernecks are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games following an ATS loss
- UND: The Fighting Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games
- Western Illinois vs. North Dakota picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why North Dakota can cover
Junior forward Tsotne Tsartsidze has reached double-figure scoring in each of the last 10 games, including a 19-point performance at Western Illinois on Jan. 23. He has three double-doubles on the year, including a 14-point and 12-rebound effort at Oral Roberts on Feb. 16. For the season, he is averaging 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He is hitting on 46.1% of his shots from the floor and 71.4% of his free throws.
Senior forward Brady Danielson has been red hot of late, scoring in double figures in two of the last three games. He scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds in an 81-73 win at Kansas City. He scored 15 points in a 76-73 overtime win over Omaha on Feb. 11. Danielson is averaging 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and one assist, and is hitting on 50% of his shots, including 37.4% from 3-point range, and 74.4% at the free-throw line.
Why Western Illinois can cover
Senior guard Trenton Massner will look to duplicate his Jan. 23 performance against the Fighting Hawks. In that game, he poured in a career-high 46 points and dished out five assists. He has reached double-digit scoring in 21 games, including 10 games with 20 points or more. For the year, he is averaging 18.6 points, 5.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
Also powering the Leathernecks is senior guard Alec Rosner, who has scored in double figures in each of the last two games. He scored a season-high 29 points against Oral Roberts on Feb. 11 in an 82-73 loss. He is coming off a 12-point performance at St. Thomas on Saturday in an 82-69 setback. For the season, Rosner averages 14 points, three rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
How to make Western Illinois vs. North Dakota picks
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