Leathernecks open as college hoops underdog vs Jackrabbits
Western Illinois Leathernecks vs South Dakota State Jackrabbits Odds
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Frost Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.
This season, the Jackrabbits are 20-7 overall and 12-11 ATS ATS, while the Leathernecks are 19-5 and 14-5-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, South Dakota State boasts a 10-9-1 on the OU, and Western Illinois is 8-9.
The Jackrabbits were listed as 7-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Jackrabbits, most recently No. 126 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Leathernecks, who rate No. 191 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 72-71 victory for the Leathernecks.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Leathernecks rank No. 296 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.8 per game. That compares with South Dakota State’s No. 176 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where South Dakota State is college basketball's No. 31-ranked team at 7.9 per game, while the Leathernecks rate No. 282 with 5.1 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Illinois owns the country's No. 2-rated mark, allowing 54.3 points per game on the highway. South Dakota State, on the other hand, rates No. 35 in scoring at home.
Western Illinois was a 49-36 winner in their most recent outing on the road against North Dakota State. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs. Western Illinois got 14 points from Adam Link en route to a 49-36 victory over North Dakota State on Thursday at Bison Sports Arena.
South Dakota State was an 82-45 winner in their most recent outing at home against IUPUI. They covered the 18.5-point spread as favorites. South Dakota State cruised to victory on Thursday, running IUPUI out of the gym and running up an 82-45 score at Frost Arena.
Western Illinois home to UMKC, Thursday, February 28
South Dakota State at CS Bakersfield, Wednesday, February 20