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Leathernecks visit Evansville Purple Aces in college basketball clash

Western Illinois LeathernecksEvansville Purple Aces
Feb 18, 8:05 PM | Ford Center

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds

14-11TEAM RECORD13-13

Western Illinois travels to Evansville on Saturday, hoping to boost its 14-11 record with a victory over the Purple Aces.

The Purple Aces are 13-13 so far on the season, and 13-9-1 ATS vs. the number. The Leathernecks, meanwhile, are 14-11 and 10-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Evansville go 15-8 and the Leathernecks go 5-12 on the totals.

View Western Illinois vs Evansville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Leathernecks are listed as 8.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Purple Aces, most recently No. 281 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Leathernecks, who rate No. 216 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 69-68 victory for the Leathernecks.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Leathernecks rank No. 329 in NCAA Division 1 with 29.8 per game. That compares with Evansville’s No. 331 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Evansville is college basketball's No. 237-ranked team at 5.5 per game, while the Leathernecks rate No. 268 with 5.1 per game.

Defensively, Western Illinois features the nation's No. 55-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.5 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 125 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Western Illinois, they were a 47-42 winner as they battled UMKC at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite. The Leathernecks grabbed a 47-42 win over the Kangaroos on Wednesday, behind a 10-point effort from Ceola Clark III at Western Hall.

Evansville was a 63-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Northern Iowa. They earned a push of the 1-point spread as favorites. Colt Ryan scored 20 points leading the Purple Aces to a 63-62 victory over Northern Iowa at Ford Center on Wednesday.

Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Creighton are 2-8
After playing Northern Iowa are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

A few Leathernecks at Purple Aces trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Evansville's last 5 games
Evansville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Evansville is 12-4-1 ATS in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Evansville's last 18 games

Next up:
Western Illinois at South Dakota State, Thursday, February 23
Evansville at Creighton, Tuesday, February 21