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Oral Roberts vs Western Illinois 1/12/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Western Illinois Leathernecks (9-7) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (13-4)
January 12, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -15 / Western Illinois Leathernecks +15; Over/Under: +158
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Oral Roberts Golden Eagles meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Mabee Center. The Western Illinois Leathernecks look for their 10th win. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles look for their 14th win.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 76.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 72.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Trenton Massner is averaging 16.4 points and 5.5 rebounds, while Alec Rosner is averaging 15.8 points and 3.1 rebounds. Jesiah West is the third double-digit scorer and Quinlan Bennett is dishing 0.8 assists. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are averaging 83.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Max Abmas is averaging 21.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Connor Vanover is averaging 13 points and 6.6 rebounds. Issac McBride is the third double-digit scorer and Carlos Jurgens is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game.

The Leathernecks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The under is 9-2 in Leathernecks last 11 road games. The over is 45-21 in Golden Eagles last 66 home games. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are going to get a love given their current play and the fact they’re at home. However, Western Illinois has held its own this season, and it’s been competitive even against better teams. Western Illinois loses by an average of 7.9 points in the underdog role. Feels like we’re stealing an extra bucket or two. Give me the points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Western Illinois Leathernecks +15

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