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Western Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois - 11/15/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-1) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (1-0)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Western Hall)

The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Illinois Panthers battle the Western Illinois Leathernecks in a Wednesday college basketball matchup.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers play their second road game to begin the 2017-18 with a trip to face instate rival the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Wednesday. Eastern Illinois fell to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 72-68 in their season opener as an 11.5 point underdog. The boxscore was close in the majority of categories with EIU being sloppy in ball protection with 15 turnovers. 

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Western Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois - 11/15/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Eastern Illinois played well defensively with the Cornhuskers hitting shots at 38.6% including just 5-16 from beyond the arc. The Panthers failed to capitalize with only 39.7% shooting of their own for a few more baskets but Nebraska won it at the charity stripe with eleven more makes. The Panthers had no answer for Glynn Watson Jr. who paced the Huskers with a game high 21 points.

The Eastern Illinois offense was balanced with four players reaching double figures is scoring with led by Terrell Lewis with 13 points on 5-9 from the floor followed by Jajuan Starks with 12 points and six pulls on 6-12 from the floor. Montell Goodwin tossed in ten points and snagged rebounds while D’Angelo Jackson and Ray Crossland combined for 17 points.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are aiming for a 2-0 start to the season when the Eastern Illinois Panthers come to town on Wednesday night. Western Illinois kicked of the season as expected with a 109-68 romp over the visiting St. Mary’s (MN) Cardinals. 

The Leathernecks gave up a rather high 49% shooting including a 16-32 performance from beyond the arc  but were strong otherwise with 20 forced turnovers and a +11 on the backboards. WIU burned the nets with 67.7% marksmanship on 13 more looks at the basket with 14 more free throws. 

Brandon Gilbeck enjoyed a monster offensive performance for Western Illinois with a contest high 31 points on 12-15 accuracy. Dalan Ancrum gave the Leatherneck 21 points and seven rebounds on 9-15 from the floor followed by a 19 point, five pull, eight assist performance from Kobe Webster.

Under is 10-4 in Eastern Illinois last 14 non-conference games and Eastern Illinois are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. Over is 11-3 in Western Illinois last 14 home games and Western Illinois are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. 

There isn’t much to go on here but I banking on Eastern Illinois to have the upper hand with more talent returning from last season...

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