IUPUI hosts Western Illinois at IUPUI Gymnasium on Saturday. Tip-off occurs at 3:00 EST and you can catch it on HTSN/FCS. The Jaguars fell to the Leathernecks 57-53 on January 5th and are 7-3 against them over the last four years.
Western Illinois is in 1st place in the conference and IUPUI is in 9th place.
In their last game, Mitchell Patton put up 25 points in the Jaguars 80-79 loss to IPFW on January 26th. On top of a team-high 0.8 blocks per game, he also scores 13.4 points per game. For the Leathernecks, Terell Parks put up 13 points and 12 rebounds in the 67-60 loss to Oakland on January 26th. He puts up a team-leading 12.9 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, and 2.9 blocks per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Western Illinois is strong in free throw rate at 44.4. This is good enough for 1st in the conference and 19th in the nation.
StatSmack! IUPUI is better than Western Illinois
The IUPUI scoring leader (John Hart) has more points than the Western Illinois scoring leader (Terell Parks).
IUPUI is better under pressure, and has defeated Western Illinois in 5 out of the last 8 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
John Hart is ranked 10th in the Summit League in points, 6th in the Summit League in three-pointers, and 9th in the Summit League in steals.
We're so much better than you, we get lazy. IUPUI has come back to win after being down at half against Western Illinois 6 times since 2001.