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Western Illinois Leathernecks home to Jaguars in NCAAB betting action

IUPUI JaguarsWestern Illinois Leathernecks
Jan 28, 8:00 PM | Western Hall

IUPUI Jaguars vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Odds


The Western Illinois Leathernecks will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Jaguars at Western Hall in NCAAB action.

Western Illinois will face the 8-14 Jaguars, who own a 4-9 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Leathernecks are 4-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Jaguars are 8-4 favoring the OVER.

View IUPUI vs Western Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Leathernecks as 6.5-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Leathernecks at No. 181 and the Jaguars at No. 246 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 72-67 result in favor of the Leathernecks.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Illinois's No. 239-ranked scoring average of 64.6 PPG, against a Jaguars defense rated No. 308 and allowing 74.3 PPG. The Leathernecks FG% has averaged 46% to date this season, more than the Jaguars shooters have managed so far (42.5% per game).

Defensively, IUPUI features the nation's No. 299-rated defense on the road, allowing 77.1 points per game. Western Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 269 nationally in scoring at home.

IUPUI lost its last outing, a 64-62 result against UMKC on January 21. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. IUPUI got 26 points from Alex Young on the way to a 64-62 loss against UMKC on Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.

Last time out for Western Illinois, they were an 81-70 winner as they battled Nebraska Omaha on the road. Western Illinois earned an 81-70 victory over Nebraska Omaha on Tuesday, getting 24 points from Obi Emegano at Sapp Fieldhouse.

Next up:
IUPUI home to Oakland, Wednesday, February 1
Western Illinois home to IUPU Fort Wayne, Thursday, February 2