The Western IL Leathernecks and Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 70.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 73.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 17.5 points and 3.3 assists while C.J. Duff is averaging 11.5 points and 2.7 rebounds. Isaac Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Gilbeck is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have lost six of their last seven road games.
The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons also need a win after splitting their last six games. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are averaging 80.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting. John Konchar is averaging 19.2 points and 5.2 assists while Kason Harrell is averaging 16.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. Matt Holba is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Weir is grabbing 1.3 rebounds. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons have won seven of their last eight home games.
The Leathernecks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Summit and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Mastodons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a ATS loss. The Leathernecks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Purdue Fort Wayne and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 37-17-1 in Mastodons last 55 overall. The under is 5-2 in Leathernecks last 7 Thursday games.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks beat the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons by 29 points less than a month ago as 4.5-point underdogs. Western Illinois has also won three of the last five meetings against the Mastodons overall. Western Illinois does come into this game struggling and is even worse on the road, but it’s not like Purdue Fort Wayne is lighting the world on fire and is only winning by an average of 1.4 points in its last five games. There’s better options on Thursday’s card, but if forced to pick this game, I have to play the history and side with the points.