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Western Illinois vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nebraska-Omaha at Western Illinois
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Western Hall
Macomb, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Western Illinois +3 -- Over/Under: 153
TV Channel
https://goleathernecks.com/watch/
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The Omaha Mavericks and Western Illinois Leathernecks meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Western Hall.

The Omaha Mavericks look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Omaha Mavericks are averaging 78.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 80.2 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Zach Jackson is averaging 17.6 points and 3.7 rebounds while JT Gibson is averaging 14.2 points and 2.4 assists. Mitchell Hahn is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Pile is dishing 1.3 assists. The Omaha Mavericks are shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Omaha Mavericks are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.5 rebounds per game. The Omaha Mavericks have split their last eight road games.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 69.6 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 17.7 points and 3.3 assists while Isaac Johnson is averaging 12.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. C.J. Duff is dishing 1.7 assists and Brandon Gilbeck is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have won five of their last seven home games.

The Mavericks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Leathernecks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Summit and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Western Illinois. The over is 21-9 in Leathernecks last 30 home games. The over is 4-0 in Mavericks last 4 overall.

The Omaha Mavericks head into this game playing their best ball of the season and have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Western Illinois is falling apart during this losing stretch, which includes allowing 51.1 percent shooting and being outscored by an average of 13 points in its last five games. The Leathernecks are also just 2-7 ATS this season as an underdog. Laying the bucket with the Omaha Mavericks may be one of the better bets on Thursday's college basketball card.

Pick:
Nebraska-Omaha -3

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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