Western Illinois Leathernecks home to Nebraska Omaha Mavericks in NCAA Basketball betting action
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Western Illinois Leathernecks try to run the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks off the court at Western Hall in college hoops action.
Western Illinois will face the 8-17 Mavericks, who own a 10-9 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Leathernecks are 8-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Mavericks are 10-5 favoring the OVER.
The Leathernecks were listed as 16.5-point favorites 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:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 197-rated Leathernecks and the No. 323-ranked Mavericks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 75-55 result in favor of the Leathernecks.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Western Illinois's No. 307-rated squad against Nebraska Omaha's No. 335-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Western Illinois rates No. 278 in the country with 5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 170 nationally with 6.2 per match.
Defensively, Nebraska Omaha features the nation's No. 348-rated defense on the road, allowing 82.8 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 314 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Nebraska Omaha, they were a 96-81 loser as they battled Oakland at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point underdog. The Mavericks wasted a 25-point performance from Justin Simmons in losing to Oakland 96-81 on Saturday at Ralston Sports and Event Center.
Last time out for Western Illinois, they were a 68-59 winner as they battled IUPUI on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Western Illinois got 17 points from Ceola Clark III en route to a 68-59 victory over IUPUI on Saturday at IUPUI Gymnasium.
Nebraska Omaha at IUPUI, Saturday, February 9
Western Illinois at North Dakota State, Thursday, February 14