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South Dakota State favored by -8.5 against Western Illinois on Thursday

Western Illinois LeathernecksSouth Dakota State Jackrabbits
7-9January 16, 2014, 08:00 | Frost Arena9-8

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Frost Arena Thursday as host South Dakota State looks to handle the Western Illinois Leathernecks in NCAA hoops action.

The Jackrabbits bring a 9-8 record (3-7-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-9 Leathernecks, who are 4-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed South Dakota State go 4-3 so far and the Leathernecks go 6-3.

View Western Illinois Leathernecks vs South Dakota State Jackrabbits Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Jackrabbits sit at No. 267 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Leathernecks sit at No. 251 on the same chart.

Last time out for Western Illinois, they were a 79-72 winner as they battled Nebraska Omaha at home. They covered in the match as a 1-point underdog. Western Illinois earned a 79-72 victory over Nebraska Omaha on Saturday, getting 17 points from Garret Covington at Western Hall.

In their last action, South Dakota State was an 82-75 loser on the road against IUPU Fort Wayne. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Brayden Carlson scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Jackrabbits to a win (they lost 82-75 to IUPU Fort Wayne at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday).

Next up:
Western Illinois at North Dakota State, Saturday, January 18th
South Dakota State at Nebraska Omaha, Saturday, January 18th