North Dakota State vs. Western Illinois: Full Game Preview
|North Dakota State||T Braun 15.4||M Bjorklund 6.2||L Alexander 3.8|
|Western Illinois||T Parks 12.7||T Parks 9.6||C Clark III 4.2|
North Dakota State matches up against Western Illinois in the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls S.D. on Monday. The game tips off at 9:30 p.m. EST and you can see it on FCS or Midco Sports. The Bison fell to the Leathernecks 49-36 on Feb. 14 and are 5-6 against them over the last four years.
In a 69-58 win over Missouri-Kansas City on Mar. 10, Taylor Braun put up 27 points and seven rebounds for the Bison. On top of his scoring average of 15.4 points per game, he delivers 5.0 rebounds per game. For the Leathernecks, Ceola Clark III put up 21 points in the 54-53 win over South Dakota on Mar. 9. He puts up a team-leading 12.6 points per game, 4.2 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game.
In terms of team stats, North Dakota State has an advantage in a single key area, scoring, where the Bison have an edge over the Leathernecks, 67.4 points per game to 59.8 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Western Illinois is strong in free throw rate at 41.1. This is good enough for second in the conference and 45th in the nation.
Western Illinois StatSmack
- Even computers respect North Dakota State more. North Dakota State has a better RPI this season than Western Illinois (RPI: No. 87 vs. No. 133).
- The North Dakota State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Western Illinois (83 percent vs. 64 percent).
- North Dakota State attacks the glass, with more rebounds (34.6 per game vs. 30.8 per game) than Western Illinois this season.
- North Dakota State has a stronger schedule than Western Illinois this season (SOS Rank: No. 211 vs. No. 300).
- Mike Felt is ranked 2nd in the Summit League in three-pointers.
- Be afraid. North Dakota State has blown out more teams than Western Illinois this season (11 blowouts vs. two).
- North Dakota State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (59.2 percent to 45.3 percent).
- North Dakota State has more wins over the last 5 years than Western Illinois (106 vs. 80).
- TrayVonn Wright is ranked 8th in the Summit League in rebounds and 2nd in the Summit League in blocks.
- North Dakota State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on North Dakota State is 77.6 inches compared to 76.6 inches for Western Illinois.
- North Dakota State players are more experienced than Western Illinois players (14,414 minutes played vs. 12,216 minutes played).
|B-||Ceola Clark III||36||12||3||4||2||0||2|
|C-||Don McAvoy III||25||7||3||2||1||0||2|