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Leathernecks visit Southern Utah Thunderbirds in college basketball clash

Western Illinois LeathernecksSouthern Utah Thunderbirds
Feb 9, 9:00 PM | Centrum Arena

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Odds

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Centrum Arena features an NCAAB clash between the host Southern Utah Thunderbirds and the visiting Western Illinois Leathernecks in college hoops action on Thursday.

Southern Utah battles the Leathernecks, currently sitting with a 13-9 mark (9-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-11-1 for the Thunderbirds and 5-9 for the Leathernecks.

View Western Illinois vs Southern Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Southern Utah in this one will find them as 2-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 268-ranked Thunderbirds and the No. 209-rated Leathernecks in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 69-63 win for the Leathernecks on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Southern Utah's No. 204-ranked scoring average of 66.8 PPG, against a Leathernecks defense rated No. 29 and allowing 60.3 PPG. The Thunderbirds FG% has averaged 48.3% to date this season, more than the Leathernecks shooters have managed so far (46.1% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Illinois owns the country's No. 78-rated mark, allowing 65.3 points per game on the highway. Southern Utah, on the other hand, rates No. 233 in scoring at home.

Western Illinois was a 74-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against Oakland. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Ceola Clark III scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Leathernecks to a win (they lost 74-70 to Oakland at Western Hall on Saturday).

Southern Utah was a 66-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against South Dakota State. They covered the 15-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah got 18 points from Ray Jones, Jr. but lost anyway, 66-56, to South Dakota State on Saturday at Frost Arena.

Next up:
Western Illinois at Oral Roberts, Saturday, February 11
Southern Utah home to IUPUI, Saturday, February 11