Looking to win big? The Eagles and Leathernecks face off at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The Leathernecks are hosting the game at Western Hall in Macomb, IL. Morehead State is favored by -4.5 in this Ohio Valley conference matchup the against Western Illinois. The over/under for the game is set at 127 points.


The Pick: Western Illinois Leathernecks +4.5

This game will be played at Western Hall at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Leathernecks.
  • Not only will Western Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 127 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Eagles Offense Score Enough in Macomb?

Today, Morehead State will face off against Western Illinois with a record of 20-8. In away games, the Eagles are 8-7 this year, while they boast an 8-1 record at home. As we assess Morehead State’s performance versus the spread, they currently stand at 15-8-1. This season’s ATS record consists of 8-6-1 on the road and an impressive 7-2 at home.

Through 28 games, Morehead State has an over/under record of 12-12-0 with their games averaging a combined 139.3 points per game so far. The Eagles have an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 153 points per game.

In their latest game, Morehead State offense put up 73 points against Southern Indiana. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.1% and made 10 threes. Riley Minix is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 20.3 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jordan Lathon brings a PPG average of 15.8 into the game.

At present, the Eagles’ defense is nationally ranked 15th, allowing 63.7 points per game. So far, the Morehead State defense is giving up an average of 8.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.4 times per game (545th).

Is a Home Win Possible for the Leathernecks?

Today, Western Illinois will be taking on Morehead State. Western Illinois currently has a record of 17-10. Looking at their last ten home games, including those from last year, Western Illinois has gone 6-4. As of today’s game, Western Illinois has a 13-10 record against the spread. Within that, the team has gone 11-5 on the road vs. the spread and 2-5 at home.

Through 27 games, Western Illinois has an over/under record of 5-17-1 with their games averaging a combined 132.1 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Leathernecks’ games have averaged 124 points per game, along with an over/under record of 0-4-1.

The Leathernecks’ offense wrapped up their last game with 68 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 69.2 points per contest. One area that the Western Illinois offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 142nd in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 43%.

So far, the Leathernecks’ defense is ranked 19th in the country at 64.5 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Tennessee State, the Tigers finished with a field goal percentage of 33% and a total of 61 points vs. Western Illinois.