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IUPUI Jaguars vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-17) at IUPUI Jaguars (9-19)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Fairgrounds Colliseum)

The Line: IUPUI Jaguars -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: HTSN

The Western Illinois Leathernecks will travel to the IUPUI Gymnasium to take on the IUPUI Jaguars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks dropped to 8-17 (3-11 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the Denver Pioneers, 59-46, this past Saturday. Western Illinois shot 40.0% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Leathernecks was Garret Covington who had 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists. Western Illinois is ranked 322nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 198th ranked SOS. On the season, the Leathernecks have been led by Garret Covington (14.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg) and J.C. Fuller (11.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg). Western Illinois is averaging 62.7 ppg (ranked 286th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 300th). The Leathernecks average 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 143rd) on 34.4% three-point shooting (ranked 172nd). Western Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 69.6 ppg (ranked 265th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 202nd). The Leathernecks pull down 25.52 defensive rpg (ranked 51st) however, have a rebound margin of -4.3 (ranked 316th).

IUPUI Jaguars vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The IUPUI Jaguars dropped to 9-19 (5-9 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota Coyotes, 77-62, this past Saturday. IUPUI shot 53.3% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Marcellus Barksdale who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. IUPUI is ranked 248th in the RPI Standings and has played the 134th ranked SOS. On the season, the Jaguars have been led by Marcellus Barksdale (8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg) and DavRon Williams (8.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.8 bpg). IUPUI is averaging 59.9 ppg (ranked 322nd) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 228th). The Jaguars are shooting 70.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 127th) however, turn the ball over 15.8 times per game (ranked 337th). IUPUI is holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg (ranked 181st) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 302nd). The Jaguars average 7.3 spg (ranked 71st) and commit 20.6 personal fouls per game (ranked 313th).

The Leathernecks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home and 17-35 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Jaguars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record however, just 18-40 ATS in their last 58 home games.

Western Illinois has lost 11 of their last 12 games however, their one victory did come against IUPUI at home. IUPUI has lost 6 of their last 7 games and have had trouble finding ways scoring the ball all season. This is not going to be that entertaining of a game as both offensives really struggle from the floor. Western Illinois has struggled all season long, however, IUPUI doesn't have a single player that averages more than 9 points a game, and I can trust a team with this lack of scoring to cover this large of a spread. I'm taking Western Illinois and the points. 

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Western Illinois Leathernecks +7.5

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