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UMKC Kangaroos vs Jaguars College Hoops Game Preview

UMKC KangaroosIUPUI Jaguars
March 2, 7:30 PM | IUPUI Gymnasium

UMKC Kangaroos vs IUPUI Jaguars Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on IUPUI Gymnasium Saturday as host IUPUI looks to handle the UMKC Kangaroos in NCAA hoops action.

Supporters of the Kangaroos have watched them go 7-23 and 13-13 ATS on the year, while the Jaguars are at 6-24 and 6-21 ATS. In totals betting, the Jaguars are 11-9-2, while the Kangaroos have a 12-11 mark.

View UMKC vs IUPUI Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with IUPUI in this one found them as 1.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Jaguars sit at No. 337 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Kangaroos sit at No. 343 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Kangaroos will win this game 60-58.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits IUPUI's No. 196-ranked offense, averaging 66.8 PPG, against a Kangaroos defense that ranks No. 286 at 71.3 PPG. The Jaguars field goal percentage has averaged 44.4% so far, more than the Kangaroos marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.

Defensively, UMKC features the nation's No. 259-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.2 points per game. IUPUI, meanwhile, comes in at No. 177 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, UMKC was a 53-50 loser on the road against Western Illinois. They covered the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. UMKC suffered a 53-50 loss against Western Illinois on Thursday, getting 17 points from Estan Tyler in a losing effort at Western Hall.

In their last action, IUPUI was an 87-69 loser at home against South Dakota. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Jaguars endured an 87-69 loss at the hands of the Coyotes on Thursday, despite a 24-point effort from Mitchell Patton at IUPUI Gymnasium.