NCAA hoops odds preview - Western Illinois vs. UMKC
Western Illinois Leathernecks vs UMKC Kangaroos Odds
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.
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.
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.
Western Illinois at Eastern Illinois, Wednesday, December 5
UMKC at North Dakota, Wednesday, December 5