Who's Playing

Denver @ Western Illinois

Current Records: Denver 10-20; Western Illinois 17-13

What to Know

Get ready for a Summit battle as the Western Illinois Leathernecks and the Denver Pioneers will face off at 3 p.m. ET Saturday at Western Hall. These two teams seek to continue their momentum from their previous wins.

WIU didn't have too much trouble with the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks at home on Thursday as they won 87-76.

Meanwhile, Denver had enough points to win and then some against the St. Thomas (MN) Tommies on Thursday, taking their game 91-80.

The Leathernecks are the favorite in this one, with an expected 8-point margin of victory. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past six games, so buyers beware.

The wins brought WIU up to 17-13 and Denver to 10-20. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: WIU is stumbling into the matchup with the 15th most points allowed per game in college basketball, having given up 76.8 on average. The Pioneers have experienced some struggles of their own as they are 51st worst in college basketball in points allowed per game, with 74 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
  • Where: Western Hall -- Macomb, Illinois
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Leathernecks are a big 8-point favorite against the Pioneers, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Leathernecks as a 7.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -114

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Series History

Denver have won seven out of their last 13 games against Western Illinois.

  • Dec 20, 2021 - Western Illinois 84 vs. Denver 80
  • Feb 13, 2021 - Western Illinois 82 vs. Denver 75
  • Feb 12, 2021 - Western Illinois 75 vs. Denver 69
  • Feb 29, 2020 - Denver 69 vs. Western Illinois 63
  • Jan 11, 2020 - Western Illinois 86 vs. Denver 80
  • Feb 28, 2019 - Denver 74 vs. Western Illinois 46
  • Dec 30, 2018 - Western Illinois 78 vs. Denver 60
  • Feb 24, 2018 - Denver 89 vs. Western Illinois 52
  • Jan 25, 2018 - Denver 70 vs. Western Illinois 58
  • Feb 14, 2017 - Denver 78 vs. Western Illinois 72
  • Jan 11, 2017 - Denver 84 vs. Western Illinois 70
  • Feb 11, 2016 - Western Illinois 63 vs. Denver 60
  • Jan 14, 2016 - Denver 76 vs. Western Illinois 69