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, North Dakota, will tip off at noon ET. The Fighting Hawks are 3.5-point favorites, according to the latest Western Illinois vs. North Dakota odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 147.5 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows freshman forward B.J. Omot powers the Fighting Hawks. In 29 games, all starts, he is averaging 11.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He is coming off a 19-point, two-rebound and two-block performance at Kansas City on Saturday. He has reached double-digit scoring in 19 games, including in four of the last six games.
The model also knows Western Illinois 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.
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