South Dakota Coyotes vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds
The Western Illinois Leathernecks will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the South Dakota Coyotes at Sioux Falls Arena in NCAA basketball action.
It's a game in the Summit League Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Sioux Falls Arena.
The Leathernecks currently sports a 21-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 14-9-1 ATS. The Coyotes are 10-19 and 14-13 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Leathernecks produce a 10-11 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Coyotes have gone 12-11 against the number.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Western Illinois sat as 5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
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. 210 in the current Odds Shark poll, while South Dakota is at No. 280. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-61 win for the Leathernecks.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Coyotes rank No. 308 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.2 per game. That compares with Western Illinois’s No. 317 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Western Illinois is college basketball's No. 270-ranked team at 5.2 per game, while the Coyotes rate No. 89 with 7 per game.
Defensively, South Dakota features the nation's No. 263-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.1 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 320 nationally in scoring at home.
South Dakota was a 61-59 loser in its last match on the road against Western Illinois. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Juevol Myles scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Coyotes to a win (they lost 61-59 to Western Illinois at Western Hall on Saturday).
Last time out for Western Illinois, they were a 61-59 winner as they battled South Dakota at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point favorite. Ceola Clark III scored 27 points for Western Illinois on Saturday, leading the Leathernecks to a 61-59 win over South Dakota at Western Hall.