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NCAA Basketball Odds Betting Line Favors North Dakota State Bison Over Western Illinois Leathernecks

College basketball betting interest will be high on Saturday when the Leathernecks of Western Illinois hit the hard court against the Bison of North Dakota State.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, North Dakota State sat as -13-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs North Dakota State Bison Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the North Dakota State Bison are 17-9 overall and 9-14 ATS, while the Western Illinois Leathernecks are 8-16 and 7-13 ATS. As for the betting totals, North Dakota State boasts a 15-8 on the OU, and Western Illinois is 12-8.

The North Dakota State Bison sit at No. 94 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Western Illinois Leathernecks sit at No. 298 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features North Dakota State's No. 148-ranked scoring average of 73.58 PPG, against a Western Illinois Leathernecks defense rated No. 182 and allowing 74.38 PPG. The North Dakota State Bison FG% has averaged 46.07% to date this season, more than the Western Illinois Leathernecks shooters have managed so far (43.57% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Garret Covington scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Leathernecks to a win (they lost 78-72 to Denver at Western Hall on Tuesday).

The Bison got 18 points from A.J. Jacobson, but it was IPFW that prevailed in a 77-61 final on Wednesday at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Western Illinois is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Western Illinois is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Western Illinois's last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Illinois's last 6 games
  • North Dakota State is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of North Dakota State's last 8 games
  • North Dakota State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • North Dakota State is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Western Illinois home to South Dakota, Thursday, February 23rd
North Dakota State at Oral Roberts, Wednesday, February 22nd