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St. Thomas vs Western Illinois Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/18/23

Western Illinois Leathernecks (15-11) vs. St. Thomas (MN) Tommies (17-11)
February 18, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: St. Thomas (MN) Tommies -7.5 / Western Illinois Leathernecks +7.5; Over/Under: +146.5
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and the St. Thomas Tommies meet in college basketball action from the Schoenecker Arena on Saturday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


St. Thomas is listed as a 7.5-point home favorite with a ML price of -333. The total for this game is set at 146.5 points.


Neither side has anyone listed on the injury report for this game, so barring any last-minute announcements, both sides will come into this game at full strength.

Matchup History

Western Illinois’ 60-56 win over St. Thomas back on January 21st, 2023, made it three straight wins for the home team in this head-to-head matchup.


Western Illinois is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. St. Thomas is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win.


I’m backing the Tommies here. St. Thomas has been pretty much money at home this season for the most part, with the lone losses being to Oral Roberts and South Dakota. The South Dakota loss stings, but there’s no shame in losing to this year’s Oral Roberts team and the Tommies still snagged a cover there. Western Illinois has been decent in spots, but I just think they’re up against it here on the road as I look for St. Thomas to get the win and cover here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: St. Thomas -7.5

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