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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Leathernecks underdogs vs Pioneers at Western Illinois

Denver PioneersWestern Illinois Leathernecks
9-10January 25, 2014, 08:00 | Western Hall8-11

Western Hall will host Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. Denver Pioneers action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Pioneers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 7-8-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Leathernecks are 6-7 ATS. Denver is 5-10-1 on the totals; Western Illinois is 7-5.

View Denver Pioneers vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Leathernecks installed as 4-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Leathernecks rated this week at No. 240 and the Pioneers sitting at No. 24.

In their last action, Denver was a 74-60 winner on the road against Nebraska Omaha. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Bryant Rucker scored 19 points leading the Pioneers to a 74-60 victory over Nebraska Omaha at Ralston Sports and Event Center on Thursday.

Last time out for Western Illinois, they were a 79-61 winner as they battled South Dakota at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Western Illinois got 21 points from Garret Covington en route to a 79-61 victory over South Dakota on Thursday at Western Hall.

Next up:
Denver home to South Dakota State, Thursday, January 30th
Western Illinois at IUPUI, Thursday, January 30th