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Western Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Illinois Panthers (4-5) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (4-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks -10 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
https://goleathernecks.com/watch
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NCAA BB | Eastern Illinois Panthers (4-5) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (4-5)
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The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Western Illinois Leathernecks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Western Hall.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers look for a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 72 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Josiah Wallace is averaging 14.8 points and 2.4 assists while Rade Kukobat is averaging 11 points and 5.7 rebounds. Ben Harvey is the third double-digit scorer and Mack Smith is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers are allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost all three road games this season.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks also need a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 74.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 17.6 points and 3.6 assists while Isaac Johnson is averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. C.J. Duff is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Gilbeck is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have won all three home games this season.

The Panthers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Summit. The Leathernecks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ohio Valley, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 18-6 in Panthers last 24 overall. The under is 4-0 in Leathernecks last 4 overall.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost all three road games this season and are shooting just 36.8 percent from the field in those games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are unbeaten at home and are outscoring teams by 25 points in those games. The home team has also won seven of the last 10 meetings between Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois. I'll take the Leathernecks by double digits in this contest.

Pick:
Western Illinois Leathernecks -10

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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