Western Illinois vs UMKC Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/9/23

Western Illinois vs UMKC Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/9/23 player photo
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The UMKC Roos and the Western Illinois Leathernecks meet in college basketball action from Western Hall on Thursday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


Western Illinois is listed as a 3.5-point home favorite with a ML price of -165. The total for this game is set at 134.5 points.


Neither side has any new names 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’ 60-52 win over UMKC back on January 14th, 2023, snapped UMKC’s three-game win streak in this head-to-head matchup.


UMKC is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 road games. Western Illinois is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.


I’m leaning towards Western Illinois here. The past meetings between these two teams have been highly competitive, but this time around, coming into this game, UMKC has been inconsistent to put it nicely, while Western Illinois has had a tendency to play their best at home and they’ve been playing the better basketball coming into this game. Not a game I’m running to bet, but I’d lean Western Illinois here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:Western Illinois -3.5