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NCAA hoops odds preview - Western Illinois vs. UMKC

Western Illinois LeathernecksUMKC Kangaroos
Dec 1, 5:05 PM | Municipal Auditorium

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs UMKC Kangaroos Odds

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The UMKC Kangaroos will be trying to slam the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Saturday when the teams tip off at Municipal Auditorium in college betting action.

UMKC will face the 4-3 Leathernecks, who own a 2-2-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Kangaroos are 2-0 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Leathernecks are 2-0 favoring the OVER.

View Western Illinois vs UMKC Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Kangaroos were listed as 1.5-point underdogs 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 matches up the No. 234 (Kangaroos) and the No. 252 (Leathernecks) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 66-55 result in favor of the Leathernecks has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and UMKC has the nation's No. 257-rated offensive output, at 63.5 PPG. The visiting Leathernecks defense ranks No. 6 allowing on average 52.1 PPG. The Kangaroos FG% has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Leathernecks marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Illinois owns the country's No. 31-rated mark, allowing 53.6 points per game on the highway. UMKC, on the other hand, rates No. 81 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Western Illinois was a 73-71 winner on the road against South Dakota. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. The Leathernecks got 20 points from Ceola Clark III as Western Illinois ran past South Dakota 73-71 on Thursday at DakotaDome.

UMKC won its last outing, a 79-65 result against IUPUI on November 29. They covered in that game as a 1-point underdog. The Kangaroos got 20 points from Fred Chatmon as UMKC ran past IUPUI 79-65 on Thursday at Municipal Auditorium.

Next up:
Western Illinois at Eastern Illinois, Wednesday, December 5
UMKC at North Dakota, Wednesday, December 5

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