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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Jaguars underdogs vs Leathernecks at Western Illinois

IUPUI JaguarsWestern Illinois Leathernecks
Jan 5, 8:00 PM | Western Hall

IUPUI Jaguars vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds

6-12TEAM RECORD11-3

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Western Illinois and IUPUI on Saturday, with the host Leathernecks trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Supporters of the Jaguars have watched them go 6-12 and 4-11 ATS on the year, while the Leathernecks are at 11-3 and 8-2-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Leathernecks are 5-3, while the Jaguars have a 5-5 mark.

View IUPUI vs Western Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Western Illinois in this one found them as 12-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 325-rated IUPUI taking on the No. 250-rated Leathernecks in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 72-56 win for the Leathernecks on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Illinois's No. 317 nationally ranked offense (59 points per game) against a Jaguars defense that sits as the No. 330 at 76.2 PPG. The Leathernecks have been averaging 46.7% from the field, more than the Jaguars have managed so far this season (44.1% on average).

Defensively, IUPUI features the nation's No. 325-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.6 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 311 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for IUPUI, they were an 81-63 loser as they battled Maryland on the road. They covered in the match as a 22-point underdog. The Jaguars got 16 points from Sean Esposito, but it was Maryland that prevailed in an 81-63 final on Tuesday at Comcast Center.

Western Illinois was a 39-35 winner in its last match at home against Savannah State. Adam Link scored 10 points leading the Leathernecks to a 39-35 victory over Savannah State at Western Hall on Wednesday.

Next up:
IUPUI at Nebraska Omaha, Thursday, January 10
Western Illinois home to Greenville Il, Wednesday, January 9