Morehead State vs Western Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/22/24

Western Illinois (17-10) vs Morehead State (19-7)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 8:30 pm (Western Hall)

Betting Odds: Western Illinois +5 -- Over/Under: 127 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Morehead State Eagles and the Western Illinois Leathernecks meet in college basketball action from the Western Hall on Thursday night. Who comes out on top in this OVC matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our Morehead State vs. Western Illinois Prediction.

Morehead State Team Preview

The Morehead State Eagles come into this one looking to snap a three-game losing streak after an 80-73 loss to Southern Indiana last time out. Riley Minix leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 20.3 PPG and 9.6 RPG while Jordan Lathon has 15.8 PPG with 6.4 RPG and Kalil Thomas has 12.1 PPG with 4.2 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Morehead State so far this season. Drew Thelwell has 9.7 PPG with a team-high 6.5 APG to lead the Eagles in the assist department while Eddie Ricks III and Dieonte Miles each have 5+ RPG as well this season. As a team, Morehead State is averaging 75.6 PPG on 46.8% shooting from the field, 35.6% from three and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

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Western Illinois Team Preview

The Western Illinois Leathernecks come into this one looking to build on back-to-back road wins after a 68-61 win over Tennessee State last time out. Ryan Myers leads the Leathernecks in scoring with 13 PPG while James Dent Jr. has 12 PPG with 4 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Western Illinois up to this point in the year. Jesiah West has 9.1 PPG with 5.9 RPG and a team-high 2.5 APG while Drew Cisse has 8.7 PPG with a team-high 11.3 RPG to lead the Leathernecks on the glass as well as 2.5 APG of his own. As a team, Western Illinois is averaging 69.2 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field, 32.8% from three and 61.3% from the foul line this season.

Morehead State vs. Western Illinois Prediction

I’m on Morehead State here. The Leathernecks have been too inconsistent for my liking and while Morehead State has consistently been losing games over the last couple of weeks, the reality is that they’re still the team to beat in the OVC this season. Western Illinois just doesn’t have the scoring depth to go toe-to-toe with Morehead State for a full 40 minutes, so give me the Eagles laying the points here.

Chris’s Pick Morehead State -5

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