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College Basketball Matchup - South Dakota State Jackrabbits Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds Preview

Western Illinois LeathernecksSouth Dakota State Jackrabbits
March 6, 9:00 PM | Sioux Falls Arena

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs South Dakota State Jackrabbits Odds

18-13TEAM RECORD26-7

The visiting Leathernecks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Tuesday as they look to cover the spread at Sioux Falls Arena against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

The Summit League Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Sioux Falls Arena).

The Jackrabbits currently sports a 26-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-6-1 ATS. The Leathernecks are 18-13 and 13-10 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Jackrabbits produce a 9-15 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Leathernecks have gone 7-15 against the number.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 83-rated Jackrabbits and the No. 228-ranked Leathernecks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 78-69 result in favor of the Jackrabbits.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and South Dakota State has the nation's No. 17-rated offensive output, at 78.1 PPG. The visiting Leathernecks defense ranks No. 22 allowing on average 59.8 PPG. The Jackrabbits FG% has averaged 47.2% so far, more than the Leathernecks marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.1% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Illinois owns the country's No. 60-rated mark, allowing 64.6 points per game on the highway. South Dakota State, on the other hand, rates No. 21 in scoring at home.

Western Illinois was a 54-53 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Oral Roberts. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Leathernecks grabbed a 54-53 win over the Golden Eagles on Monday, behind a 14-point effort from Terell Parks at Sioux Falls Arena.

South Dakota State was a 63-47 winner in their most recent outing at home against Southern Utah. They covered the 11-point spread as favorites. The Jackrabbits used a 31-point performance from Nate Wolters to help South Dakota State smack Southern Utah 63-47 on Monday at Sioux Falls Arena.