Western Illinois vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (14-13) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Western Hall)

The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (14-14, 7-6 CONF) and the Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-18, 2-11 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 22nd for a Summit League matchup at the Western Hall in Macomb, IL. The game will be played at 3:00 PM eastern time.

Omaha is coming off a 61-59 win over IPFW on the road in their last game. Omaha has now won two games in a row. Omaha has lost three of their last five overall. Western Illinois is coming off an 86-83 home loss in overtime to North Dakota in their last game. Western Illinois has now lost eight straight games overall. 

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Omaha scores 73.4 points per game on 45.1% FG shooting this season. The Mavericks leading scorer is G KJ Robinson, who scores 15.2 PPG. The Mavericks leading rebounder is F Matt Pile, who averages 10.3 RPG. Omaha allows 75.9 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -2.5 scoring differential so far this season. Omaha also earns 36.0 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 5.4 steals per game as a team. 

Western Illinois scores 74.6 points per game on 42.8% FG shooting this season. The Leathernecks leading scorer is G Kobe Webster, who scores 16.3 PPG. The Leathernecks leading rebounder is F James Claar, who averages 5.3 RPG. Western Illinois gives up 80.5 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -5.9 point differential so far this season. Western Illinois also earns 34.1 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 5.3 steals per game as a team. 

Omaha is 13-13 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. Omaha is also 6-7 ATS on the road so far this season. Western Illinois is 10-11 ATS this season and 5-5 ATS in their last ten games. Western Illinois is also 3-8 ATS at home so far this season.

One could argue that Western Illinois was the better team in their overtime loss to Omaha on the road earlier this season. Western Illinois has been bad ATS at home this season, so it is difficult for me to take them in this spot when Omaha is playing the better basketball. I will take Omaha and lay the points on the road, but I do not love it. 

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Ronald’s Pick Omaha -4.5

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