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Nebraska Omaha vs. Western Illinois - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-14) at Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (8-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Ralston Sports and Event Center)

The Line: Nebraska Omaha Mavericks -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Omaha Mavericks play Saturday at the Ralston Sports and Events Center.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks could use a win after losing seven of their last eight games. On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 61 points on 38.7 percent shooting and is allowing 70.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Garret Covington is averaging 14.5 points and four rebounds while J.C. Fuller is averaging 11 points and 2.2 assists. Jabari Sandifer is dishing 4.8 assists and Jamie Batish is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have six players averaging at least 6.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.8 percent from the line and 34.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in six of its last eight games.

Nebraska Omaha vs. Western Illinois - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Omaha Mavericks hope to snap a five-game losing streak. On the season, Omaha is averaging 75.5 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 79.3 points on 48.4 percent shooting. CJ Carter is averaging 16.7 points and 2.8 assists while Marcus Tyus is averaging 13 points and 3.7 rebounds. Devin Patterson is dishing 3.9 assists and Mike Rostampour is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Omaha Mavericks have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Omaha is allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 74 or more points in seven of its last nine games.

The Leathernecks are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Leathernecks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The best bet may be to leave this game alone. However, for the sake of the article, I'm just not going to lay chalk with a team that's riding a five-game losing streak. I just don't do that type of stuff. So, if forced to pick, I'm siding with the points and the Leathernecks, especially considering they've covered four of the last five meetings. 

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