Planning on watching today’s Leathernecks and Golden Eagles game? Catch the action at Hooper Eblen Center in Cookeville, TN, as the Golden Eagles hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. Western Illinois is favored by -3 in this Ohio Valley conference contest against Tennessee Tech. The game’s over/under currently sits at 127 points.


The Pick: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +3

This game will be played at Hooper Eblen Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 15th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
  • Not only will Tennessee Tech pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 127 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Leathernecks Have What it Takes in Cookeville?

Western Illinois enters this game with an overall record of 15-10 and a record of 8-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Leathernecks have lost two straight games, including their most recent game against UT Martin by a score of 62-59. On the road this season, Western Illinois is 8-6, and they have gone 8-2 in their last 10 road games.

As the favorite, the Leathernecks have gone 7-3 this season, and they have been favored in 10 of their games. On average, Western Illinois has been outscored by 3.4 points per game on the road this season. So far, their record as the favorite is 7-3, and their record as the underdog is 4-7.

Western Illinois has been a solid bet against the spread this season, going 11-10 overall. Their ATS mark is even better on the road, where they have gone 9-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Leathernecks have a 6-4 ATS record.

Western Illinois has an over/under record of 5-15-1 this season. So far, their games have averaged 133 points compared to an average over/under line of 138.5. Today’s over/under line of 127 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-2-1 and their games have averaged 125 points during this stretch.

Against UT Martin, the Western Illinois had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 69.6 points per game. They scored 59 points and posted a field goal percentage of 40% in the game. The team’s top scorer is James Dent Jr., who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 12.5, while Ryan Myers also maintains a PPG average of 12.8 leading up to the game.

So far, the Leathernecks’ defense is ranked 29th in the country at 65.0 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Western Illinois’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 26.1% this season.

Will the Golden Eagles Win at Hooper Eblen Center?

After a 70-50 win over Tennessee State, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are 9-17 overall and 3-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference. They are 3-6 at home this season, and over their last 10 games at home, they are 5-5.

On the year, Tennessee Tech has been an underdog in 19 of their 26 games, and they have gone 4-15 in those games. Their record as an underdog at home is 1-2.

As the underdog, Tennessee Tech has gone 9-10 vs. the spread this season and they are 10-12 overall. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Golden Eagles have a 4-6 ATS record.

Today’s over/under line of 127 is lower than the average over/under line in Tennessee Tech games this season (141). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 130 points compared to their season average of 140 points per game. This year, their over/under record is 9-13.

The Tennessee Tech offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Tennessee State. Overall their field goal percentage was 44% while connecting on 4 threes. In terms of offense, the Golden Eagles have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 185th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 288th in percentage and 299th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Golden Eagles’ defense is positioned 209th in the country, permitting 73.9 points per game. In their previous game vs. Tennessee State, the Tigers finished with a field goal percentage of 44% and a total of 50 points vs. Tennessee Tech.