NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Kangaroos underdogs vs Mastodons at IUPU Fort Wayne
UMKC Kangaroos vs IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons Odds
The IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the UMKC Kangaroos at Memorial Coliseum in NCAA basketball action.
The Mastodons are 9-11 so far on the season, and 7-7 ATS vs. the number. The Kangaroos, meanwhile, are 5-14 and 9-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen IUPU Fort Wayne go 4-5-1 and the Kangaroos go 9-5 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with IUPU Fort Wayne in this one found them as 8.5-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. 340-rated UMKC taking on the No. 161-rated Mastodons in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 67-57 win for the Mastodons on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and IUPU Fort Wayne has the nation's No. 226-rated offensive output, at 65.6 PPG. The visiting Kangaroos defense ranks No. 305 allowing on average 73.1 PPG. The Mastodons FG% has averaged 41.3% so far, less than the Kangaroos marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.
Defensively, UMKC features the nation's No. 305-rated defense on the road, allowing 77 points per game. IUPU Fort Wayne, meanwhile, comes in at No. 69 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, UMKC was an 81-68 loser on the road against Oakland. They covered the 14.5-point spread as underdogs. UMKC suffered an 81-68 loss against Oakland on Thursday, getting 20 points from Estan Tyler in a losing effort at Athletics Center.
IUPU Fort Wayne was a 62-60 winner in their most recent outing at home against South Dakota. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. IUPU Fort Wayne got 14 points from Frank Gaines en route to a 62-60 victory over South Dakota on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.
UMKC home to Houston Baptist, Tuesday, January 22
IUPU Fort Wayne home to Western Illinois, Thursday, January 24