Looking to win big? The Leathernecks and Screaming Eagles face off at 9:00 ET on ESPNU. The Screaming Eagles are hosting the game at Screaming Eagles Arena in Evansville, IN. In this Ohio Valley matchup, Western Illinois is favored by -2 vs. Southern Indiana. The over/under for the game is 133 points.


The Pick: Western Illinois Leathernecks -2

This game will be played at Screaming Eagles Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, January 25th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 83-66 in favor of the Leathernecks.
  • Not only will Western Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133 points, and we like the over with a projected 149 points.

Do the Leathernecks Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

Western Illinois enters this game with a 12-7 record, including a 5-1 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. So far this season, the Leathernecks have been favored in five of their 19 games, going 4-1 in those contests. On the road, Western Illinois is 5-5 compared to a 3-2 record at home.

Despite being the favorite, the Leathernecks have an average scoring margin of -6.8 on the road this season. However, they have won their last five games away from home, and their record in their last 10 road games is 5-5. Most recently, Western Illinois lost to Tennessee State by a score of 58-57.

When looking at Western Illinois’ ATS record this season, they are currently 8-7. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-4. As the favorite, the Leathernecks have gone 3-2 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Western Illinois is 5-5. In their last 3 road games, the Leathernecks are 3-0 ATS.

This season, the over/under record for Western Illinois games is 3-12 and today’s line of 133 is lower than the average OU line in their games of 140.3. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 124 points and their OU record during this stretch is 0-3. So far, their games have finished with more points than today’s line in eight of 19 games.

In their most recent game, the Western Illinois offense concluded with only 57 points against Tennessee State. Throughout the game, they made 6/17 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 38.2%. Leading Western Illinois in scoring vs. Tennessee State was Ryan Myers with his 16 points. JJ Kalakon also added 12 points for the Leathernecks.

Coming into today’s game, the Western Illinois defense is giving up an average of 65.4 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Tennessee State, the Tigers finished with a field goal percentage of 38% and a total of 58 points vs. Western Illinois.

No Pressure for Southern Indiana as Home Dogs

After losing their last game to Morehead State by a score of 81-70, the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles have a record of 5-15. They have lost four straight games and are 2-13 this season when they are the underdog. For the year, Southern Indiana’s average scoring margin at home is -7.3 points per game.

So far, the Screaming Eagles are 1-6 at home and have a three-game losing streak at home. In their last 10 games at home, Southern Indiana is 4-6. They have gone 2-3 in their last five home games.

As the underdog, Southern Indiana has gone 9-6 vs. the spread this season and they are currently 9-8 overall. At home, the Screaming Eagles have a 3-4 ATS mark this year and they are 1-2 ATS in their last three home games.

Today’s over/under line of 133 is lower than the average over/under line in Southern Indiana’s games this year (142.4). So far, their over/under record is 6-11. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average of 144 points scored.

The Screaming Eagles’ offense wrapped up their last game with 70 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 67.2 points per contest. Offensively, the Screaming Eagles have a season long field goal percentage of 40%, which is 382nd in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 356th in percentage and 285th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Screaming Eagles’ defense is ranked 153rd in the country at 71.8 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Western Illinois, the Southern Indiana defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Southern Indiana made 22 free-throws vs. the Screaming Eagles.