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Oral Roberts vs. Western Illinois - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-5) at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (6-11)
Date & Time Saturday January 6, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -7.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
http://www.oruathletics.com/broadcast/mkfofp
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NCAA BB | Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-5) at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (6-11)
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Oral Roberts Golden Eagles meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Mabee Center.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 74.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.6 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Dalan Ancrum is averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while Kobe Webster is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 assists. Brandon Gilbeck is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremiah Usiosefe is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have lost four straight road games.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles also need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are averaging 70.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 78.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Emmanuel Nzekwesi is averaging 12.8 points and 2.2 assists while Albert Owens is averaging 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Austin Ruder is the third double-digit scorer and Javan White is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have won their last three home games.

The Leathernecks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 9-26-1 ATS in their last 36 Saturday games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Summit and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Leathernecks are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oral Roberts, 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Both clusb have been inconsistent this season, but it's the Golden Eagles who have had more success against better teams, and they've covered four of their last five at home. The Golden Eagles should be able to control the pace on their home court, and the Western Illinois Leathernecks have scored 50 or less points in three of their last four road games. I'll take Oral Roberts and the reasonable chalk here.

Pick:
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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