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Western Illinois vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (5-13) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Western Hall)

The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Omaha Mavericks and Western Illinois Leathernecks meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Western Hall.

The Omaha Mavericks could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Omaha Mavericks are averaging 76.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 89 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Zach Jackson is averaging 17.9 points and 6.8 rebounds while Daniel Norl is averaging 12.7 points and three assists. Mitchell Hahn is the third double-digit scorer and JT Gibson is dishing 2.8 assists. The Omaha Mavericks are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Omaha Mavericks are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The Omaha Mavericks have lost 10 straight road games.

Western Illinois vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks also need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 66.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Dalan Ancrum is averaging 16.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while Kobe Webster is averaging 14.9 points and 4.6 assists. Brandon Gilbeck is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremiah Usiosefe is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Mavericks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Summit, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Leathernecks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Western Illinois and the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings

The Omaha Mavericks have been awful on the road this season and are one of the worst defensive teams in the coutnry. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have been licking their wounds as well, but they're still a club that's top-50 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage allowed. Western Illinois is capable of putting up solid results. I'll take the Leathernecks and the small number on their home court.

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