Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -22 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks will travel to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks dropped to 2-3 on the season after being defeated by the UT Martin Skyhawks, 92-90, this past Wednesday. Western Illinois had an 85-78 lead with just 1:21 left in regulation, however, allowed the Skyhawks to secure the come from behind victory after UT Martin’s Delfincko Bogan made two FT’s with under a second left in regulation. Western Illinois shot 55.0% from the field, however, allowed UT Martin to shoot 48.5% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Western Illinois outrebounded UT Martin by a 40-29 margin however, only forced 7 Skyhawk turnovers. Leading the way for the Leathernecks was Kobe Webster who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.
On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 80.4 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Illinois has been led by Jeremiah Usiosefe (19.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Kobe Webster (19.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Isaac Johnson (14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Brandon Gilbeck (9.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg).
Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Leathernecks has a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers dropped to 4-1 on the season after being defeated by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 70-52, in the title game of the Hall of Fame Classic this past Tuesday night. Nebraska had no answers for the tough Texas Tech defense and couldn’t fight back after the Red Raiders took a 59-44 lead with 7:31 left in regulation. Nebraska shot just 35.4% from the field and 21.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. The Cornhuskers were outrebounded by a 38-29 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 14-11 margin. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers was Isaac Copeland Jr. who had 30 poitns, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Nebraska is averaging 82.0 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nebraska has been led by James Palmer Jr. (16.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Isaac Copeland Jr. (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.2 bpg), Glynn Watson Jr. (14.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Isaiah Roby (8.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 2.0 bpg).
Defensively, Nebraska is holding their opponents to an average of 52.2 ppg on 32.8% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 5.8.
The Leathernecks are 16-36-1 ATS in their last 53 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Big 10 opponents. The Cornhuskers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
Western Illinois has had a decent start to their season as the Leathernecks have gotten some solid production by Kobe Webster & Isaac Johnson and has to be encouraged by Jeremiah Usiosefe’s first game of the season against the Skyhawks. Nebraska is an experienced team that despite having trouble at Texas Tech, has been very solid on both ends of the court as they currently rank 76th in scoring offense and 6th in scoring defense. This is a bunch of points, however, Western Illinois is really not projected to do much in the Summit League this season and as I think the Cornhuskers defense at home is going to give the Leathernecks a bunch of trouble, I think they’ll win this one by 25 or so and cover this spread.