IPFW vs. Western Illinois - 2/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IPFW vs. Western Illinois - 2/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-15) at IPFW Mastodons (10-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)

The Line: IPFW Mastodons -9 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Western Illinois Leatherbacks (5-15, 2-8 CONF) and the IPFW (Fort Wayne) Mastodons (10-14, 3-6 CONF) will meet on Wednesday, February 5th for a Summit League matchup at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

Western Illinois is currently on a tough, five-game losing streak in which their defense has struggled throughout. Western Illinois’ last game was against South Dakota State in which the Leatherbacks lost 71-61. IPFW dropped their most recent game to North Dakota State by the final score of 71-60 at home. IPFW has now lost four of their last five games overall. 

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Western Illinois can definitely score the basketball, as the Leatherbacks average 74.6 points per game on offense. However, the negative side of scoring fast and furious is the fact that defense can become non-existent, and that has been the story of Western Illinois basketball this season, as they have given up 80.3 points per game. Western Illinois also earns 34.2 rebounds, 10.8 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 5.2 steals per game. 

IPFW is about average on both sides of the ball, but they still have a negative scoring differential which can make it almost impossible to win more games than you lose in the end. IPFW allows 70.9 points per game while scoring 69.4 themselves. IPFW also earns 35.7 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 6.8 steals per game. 

Western Illinois is 8-10 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. Western Illinois is also 5-3 ATS on the road so far this season. IPFW is 9-13 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. IPFW is also 5-5 ATS at home so far this season.

This is a heavy spread for IPFW to lay, especially since IPFW has not really wowed me in any fashion. Of course, Western Illinois has certainly struggled big-time this season, but by getting nine points, it does not seem out of the question for WIU to cover here. I like IPFW to win the game, but I think Western Illinois scores enough to get the cover. 

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Ronald’s Pick Western Illinois +9

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