Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds
The Evansville Purple Aces will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Ford Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.
Supporters of the Leathernecks have watched them go 2-1 and 1-1 ATS on the year, while the Purple Aces are at 1-2 and 2-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Purple Aces are 0-0, while the Leathernecks have a 1-0 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 223-rated Western Illinois taking on the No. 278-rated Purple Aces in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 66-55 win for the Leathernecks on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Evansville's No. 324-ranked offense, averaging 55 PPG, against a Leathernecks defense that ranks No. 28 at 53 PPG. The Purple Aces field goal percentage has averaged 36.9% so far, less than the Leathernecks marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.3% per game.
Defensively, Western Illinois features the nation's No. 145-rated defense on the road, allowing 62 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 278 nationally in scoring at home.
Western Illinois won its last outing, a 67-58 result against Buffalo on November 16. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. Javon McCrea scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulls to a win (they lost 67-58 to Western Illinois at Ford Center on Friday).
Evansville was a 66-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Yale. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. The Purple Aces grabbed a 66-56 win over the Bulldogs on Friday, behind a 16-point effort from D.J. Balentine at Ford Center.
Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tennessee Tech are 1-2
After a win are 4-6
A few Leathernecks at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Evansville is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Evansville is 17-7-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Evansville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Western Illinois home to Yale, Sunday, November 18
Evansville at Tennessee Tech, Tuesday, November 20