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South Dakota Coyotes face Western Illinois Leathernecks: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

South Dakota CoyotesWestern Illinois Leathernecks
March 2, 8:00 PM | Western Hall

South Dakota Coyotes vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds

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The Western Illinois Leathernecks will be trying to slam the South Dakota Coyotes on Saturday when the teams tip off at Western Hall in college betting action.

The Leathernecks sit at 20-7 (14-8-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Coyotes are currently 10-18 (13-13 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Western Illinois is 9-11 OU, and South Dakota is 11-11 OU.

View South Dakota vs Western Illinois Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Leathernecks - Coyotes odds would favor the Leathernecks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Western Illinois is rated No. 194 in the current Odds Shark poll, while South Dakota is at No. 294. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-61 win for the Leathernecks.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Illinois's No. 320-ranked scoring average of 60 PPG, against a Coyotes defense rated No. 328 and allowing 74.8 PPG. The Leathernecks FG% has averaged 47.1% to date this season, more than the Coyotes shooters have managed so far (45.2% per game).

Defensively, South Dakota features the nation's No. 276-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.9 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 321 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, South Dakota was an 87-69 winner on the road against IUPUI. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. South Dakota got 26 points from Trevor Gruis en route to an 87-69 victory over IUPUI on Thursday at IUPUI Gymnasium.

Western Illinois won its last outing, a 53-50 result against UMKC on February 28. They failed to cover in that game as a 13.5-point favorite. Michael Ochereobia scored 14 points leading the Leathernecks to a 53-50 victory over UMKC at Western Hall on Thursday.