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Western Illinois Leathernecks battle vs Oakland Grizzlies highlights college basketball odds menu

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Dec 27, 8:00 PM | Western Hall

Oakland Grizzlies vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds


The Western Illinois Leathernecks hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Oakland Grizzlies pay a visit to Western Hall on the college basketball betting menu.

The Leathernecks bring a 8-3 record (6-2-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-8 Grizzlies, who are 4-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Western Illinois go 4-2 so far and the Grizzlies go 2-4.

View Oakland vs Western Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Western Illinois sat as 6.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 257-rated Leathernecks and the No. 208-ranked Grizzlies, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 72-60 result in favor of the Leathernecks.


How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Illinois has the nation's No. 316-rated offensive output, at 59.3 PPG. The visiting Grizzlies defense ranks No. 300 allowing on average 73.8 PPG. The Leathernecks FG% has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Grizzlies marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.6% per game.

Defensively, Oakland features the nation's No. 262-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.3 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 285 nationally in scoring at home.

Oakland was a 59-57 winner in its last match on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Grizzlies grabbed a 59-57 win over the Eagles on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Travis Bader at EMU Convocation Center.

In their last action, Western Illinois was a 70-54 winner at home against Illinois-Chicago. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Western Illinois earned a 70-54 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday, getting 19 points from Terell Parks at Western Hall.

Next up:
Oakland at IUPUI, Saturday, December 29
Western Illinois home to IUPU Fort Wayne, Saturday, December 29