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Mavericks open as college hoops underdog vs Mastodons

IUPU Fort Wayne MastodonsNebraska Omaha Mavericks
Jan 31, 8:00 PM | Ralston Sports and Event Center

IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Nebraska Omaha Mavericks Odds

10-13TEAM RECORD7-16

The Nebraska Omaha Mavericks will try to cover the spread at Ralston Sports and Event Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons in NCAA basketball action.

Supporters of the Mastodons have watched them go 10-13 and 7-10 ATS on the year, while the Mavericks are at 7-16 and 9-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Mavericks are 8-5, while the Mastodons have a 5-7-1 mark.

View IUPU Fort Wayne vs Nebraska Omaha Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Nebraska Omaha opened as 3-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 238-rated IUPU Fort Wayne taking on the No. 327-rated Mavericks in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 71-58 win for the Mastodons on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Nebraska Omaha has the nation's No. 109-rated offensive output, at 70.1 PPG. The visiting Mastodons defense ranks No. 130 allowing on average 64.4 PPG. The Mavericks FG% has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Mastodons marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.9% per game.

Defensively, IUPU Fort Wayne features the nation's No. 145-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.3 points per game. Nebraska Omaha, meanwhile, comes in at No. 38 nationally in scoring at home.

IUPU Fort Wayne was an 80-79 winner in their most recent outing at home against IUPUI. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Frank Gaines scored 29 points for IUPU Fort Wayne on Saturday, leading the Mastodons to an 80-79 win over IUPUI at Memorial Coliseum.

Nebraska Omaha was a 67-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UMKC. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Justin Simmons scored 21 points leading the Mavericks to a 67-59 victory over UMKC at Municipal Auditorium on Saturday.

Next up:
IUPU Fort Wayne home to South Dakota State, Thursday, February 7
Nebraska Omaha home to Oakland, Saturday, February 2