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Weber State vs. Eastern Washington - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Washington at Weber State
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dee Events Center
Ogden, UT
The Line
Weber State Wildcats -6.5 -- Over/Under: 150.5
TV Channel
PLUTO
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The Eastern Washington Eagles will travel to the Dee Events Center to take on the Weber State Wildcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Eastern Washington Eagles won their 2nd straight game and improved to 13-17 (11-8 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Idaho State Bengals, 91-62, this past Thursday. Eastern Washington led by just a 42-40 margin at halftime, however, dominated the Bengals on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 70-50 lead with 6:22 left in regulation. Eastern Washington shot 49.2% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Cody Benzel who had 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assist.

On the season, Eastern Washington is averaging 71.7 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 9.1 three-pointer per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Washington has been led by Jacob Davison (14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Jesse Hunt (14.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), Mason Peatling (14.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Tyler Kidd (10.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Weber State Wildcats snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 17-13 (11-8 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Idaho Vandals, 93-59, this past Thursday. Weber State jumped all over the Vandals early in this on and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 49-23 lead. Weber State shot 50.7% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 22-5 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Jerrick Harding who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 4 steals.

On the season, Weber State is averaging 80.3 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Weber State has been led by Jerrick Harding (21.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Cody John (14.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), Brekkott Chapman (12.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Zach Braxton (10.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg).

Defensively, Weber State is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Eagles are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 games overall and just 5-14 ATS in their last 19 road games. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

Eastern Washington has won 5 of their last 7 games and come into this game ranked T-206th in scoring offense, 279th in FG%, and 254th in scoring defense.

Weber State has lost 7 of their last 11 games and although their offense has been solid, ranking 31st in scoring offense and 23rd in FG%, the Wildcats have struggled defensively as they rank just 247th in scoring defense.

Weber State was able to defeat Eastern Washington by a 84-72 margin in late December, however, it’s been a struggle of the Wildcats as of late as the defense has allowed 80+ points in 3 of their last 6 games. Eastern Washington has struggled on the road the season, however, the Eagles have been playing much better as of late and as I think their offense will be able to keep this one close, I’m taking the Eastern Washington and the points in this one.

Pick:
Eastern Washington Eagles +6.5

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