Oral Roberts vs. Western Illinois - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-19) at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (14-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Mabee Center)
The Line: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -13.5 -- Over/Under: 159.5
The Western Illinois Leathernecks and the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles meet in college basketball action from Mabee Center on Thursday.
Western Illinois is sitting at 5-19 this year. Western Illinois is on a nine-game losing streak right now, and they’ve fallen to Fort Wayne, South Dakota, North Dakota and Omaha in their last four.
In the loss to Omaha, Western Illinois’ lead scorer was Kobe Webster, who went off for 40 points, four assists and two rebounds. Anthony Jones added 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists there, and Zion Young had 11 points and one board.
Over on the Oral Roberts side, they’re 14-13 this year. After winning consecutive games recently over Omaha and South Dakota, Oral Roberts fell to Denver their last time out.
In the OT loss to the Pioneers, Oral Roberts’ Emmanuel Nzekwesi put up 29 points with 13 rebounds. Max Abmas had 22 points, four rebounds and two assists there, and Sam Kearns had 16 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Oral Roberts is 0-3-1 ATS in their last four after a straight-up loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss. Oral Roberts is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games and the over is 36-17 in their last 53 overall.
Meanwhile, Western Illinois is 1-7 ATS in their last eight Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. The under is 5-2 in the Leathernecks’ last seven Thursday games and 4-1 in their last five versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
The good news for Western Illinois is that they’ve been scoring pretty well lately. The Leathernecks have put up 72 or more in each of their last three, and 83 or above in their last pair. Western Illinois is just giving up a ton of points on the other side, and that’s where most of the issues are.
Considering Oral Roberts hasn’t had too many issues scoring themselves—they’ve had 76 or more in each of their last four—I like their chances here. I’m sticking with Oral Roberts on the cover.