North Dakota State Bison vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds
The Western Illinois Leathernecks will try to cover the spread at Sioux Falls Arena on Monday when they get a visit from the North Dakota State Bison in NCAA basketball action.
It's a game in the Summit League Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. The game is being played at Sioux Falls Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
This season, the Leathernecks are 22-7 overall and 14-10-1 ATS ATS, while the Bison are 23-8 and 16-12 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Illinois boasts a 10-12 on the OU, and North Dakota State is 6-18.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Leathernecks - Bison odds would favor the Bison if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Western Illinois is rated No. 210 in the current Odds Shark poll, while North Dakota State is at No. 54. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 71-66 win for the Bison.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Illinois's No. 327-ranked offense, averaging 59.8 PPG, against a Bison defense that ranks No. 8 at 55.5 PPG. The Leathernecks field goal percentage has averaged 46.8% so far, less than the Bison marksmen have achieved on the year, 47% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, North Dakota State owns the country's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 58.6 points per game on the highway. Western Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 326 in scoring at home.
In their last action, North Dakota State was a 69-58 winner at home against UMKC. They failed to cover the 16-point spread as favorites. Taylor Braun went off for 27 points and added 7 rebounds, leading North Dakota State over UMKC, 69-58, on Sunday at Sioux Falls Arena.
Western Illinois won its last outing, a 54-53 result against South Dakota on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. Ceola Clark III scored 21 points leading the Leathernecks to a 54-53 victory over South Dakota at Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday.