IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons travelling to Western Illinois Saturday to take on the Leathernecks.
The Leathernecks sport records of 9-3 and 7-2-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Mastodons have 6-8 and 5-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-2 for the Leathernecks and 2-2-1 for the Mastodons.
The Mastodons were listed as 9-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Leathernecks, most recently No. 257 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Mastodons, who rate No. 91 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 69-63 victory for the Leathernecks.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mastodons is ranked No. 69 in NCAA hoops at 38.6 per game. Contrast that with Western Illinois’s No. 324 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Illinois is the No. 291-ranked team in the country at 4.7 per game, while IUPU Fort Wayne rates No. 215 at 5.8 per game.
Defensively, IUPU Fort Wayne features the nation's No. 124-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.6 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 267 nationally in scoring at home.
IUPU Fort Wayne lost its last outing, an 88-74 result against IUPUI on December 27. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite. IUPU Fort Wayne got 28 points from Frank Gaines on the way to an 88-74 loss against IUPUI on Thursday at IUPUI Gymnasium.
Western Illinois won its last outing, a 73-63 result against Oakland on December 27. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite. Western Illinois got 19 points from Terell Parks en route to a 73-63 victory over Oakland on Thursday at Western Hall.
IUPU Fort Wayne home to Navy, Wednesday, January 2
Western Illinois home to Savannah State, Wednesday, January 2