Denver vs. Western Illinois - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver vs. Western Illinois - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-20) at Denver Pioneers (6-23)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5


The Western Illinois Leathernecks and the Denver Pioneers meet in college basketball action from Magness Arena on Saturday. 

Western Illinois enters this one at 5-20 on the year. It’s been a 10-game winning streak for Western Illinois, and they’ve dropped to Fort Wayne, South Dakota, North Dakota, Omaha and Oral Roberts in their last five.
In the loss to Oral Roberts, Western Illinois’ Ben Pyle led the team with 21 points, seven rebounds and one assist. Also in double-figures for Western Illinois there was Kobe Webster with 17 points two assists on the evening.
Over on the Denver side, they’re 6-23 so far. Denver broke a seven-game losing streak recently with a victory over Oral Roberts, but got right back to the loss column versus Fort Wayne in their last game. 

In the loss to Fort Wayne, Denver’s leading scorer was Ade Murkey with 20 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Robert Jones was the only other Denver player in double-figures there with 14 points and three rebounds, while Jase Townsend had nine points and seven boards. 

Denver is 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight after a straight-up loss. Denver is 5-2 ATS in their last seven after an ATS win and the over is 6-1 in their last seven Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, Western Illinois is 20-42-3 ATS in their last 65 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up loss. Western Illinois is 2-5 ATS in the last seven overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. 

Denver is a pretty good scoring team; they’ve put up 70 or more in six of their last nine outings. That said, Denver also gives up a ton of points, and that’s where they get into trouble. The Pioneers have allowed 70 or more in eight of their last nine, with the outlier being the 58-51 loss to Fort Wayne. 

As for Western Illinois, they’ve gone through some rough patches but on the whole they can score pretty well. There’s really not much reason to be interested in this game, but I’m taking Western Illinois on the cover. 


Andrew’s Pick Western Illinois Leathernecks +4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.