Oral Roberts vs. Western Illinois - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oral Roberts vs. Western Illinois - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-19) at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (14-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Mabee Center)

The Line: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles -14 -- Over/Under: 159.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Oral Roberts Golden Eagles meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Mabee Center.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks need a win to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 75 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 81 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 17.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while Zion Young is averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. Ben Pyle is the third double-digit scorer and C.J. Duff is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks haven’t won a road game since November 26.

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The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are averaging 79.7 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 74.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Emmanuel Nzekwesi is averaging 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds while Deondre Burns is averaging 15.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Max Abmas is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Obanor is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have won three straight home games.

The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles should be big favorites here, as they're clearly the better team and already beat Western Illinois by 17 points on the road last month. The problem is Oral Roberts enters this contest being hit or miss lately and is allowing 47.7 percent shooting in its last five games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks haven't won a game in quite some time, but they are an impressive 7-3 against the spread on the road and have covered four of their last five on the road. Not a game I'm running to the window to bet, but if forced to pick, I'd lean toward the Leathernecks and the free points.

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Randy’s Pick Western Illinois Leathernecks +14

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