North Dakota State Bison vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds
The Western Illinois Leathernecks will try to cover the spread at Western Hall on Saturday when they get a visit from the North Dakota State Bison in NCAA basketball action.
The Leathernecks bring a 14-4 record (9-4-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 16-3 Bison, who are 12-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Western Illinois go 6-5 so far and the Bison go 4-9.
Bettors looking to side with Western Illinois in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Leathernecks, most recently No. 252 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bison, who rate No. 56 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 76-70 victory for the Bison.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Illinois's No. 282-ranked offense, averaging 62.2 PPG, against a Bison defense that ranks No. 15 at 56.5 PPG. The Leathernecks field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, less than the Bison marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.3% per game.
Defensively, North Dakota State features the nation's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 57.3 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 301 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, North Dakota State was a 78-40 winner on the road against IUPUI. They covered the 13.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Bison and Jaguars didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as IUPUI was handed a 78-40 defeat on Thursday at IUPUI Gymnasium.
Western Illinois lost its last outing, a 59-53 result against South Dakota State on January 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite. Western Illinois got 16 points from Jack Houpt but lost anyway, 59-53, to South Dakota State on Thursday at Western Hall.
North Dakota State at South Dakota State, Saturday, January 26
Western Illinois at IUPU Fort Wayne, Thursday, January 24