College Basketball Matchup - Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds Preview
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Western Kentucky when they take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Thursday in college hoops betting action.
The Warhawks sit at 0-2 (1-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Hilltoppers are currently 4-2 (4-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Louisiana-Monroe is 0-0 OU, and Western Kentucky is 0-2 OU.
The visitors opened as 9.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Warhawks rated this week at No. 273 and the Hilltoppers sitting at No. 17. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 75-40 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Louisiana-Monroe has the nation's No. 345-rated offensive output, at 51.5 PPG. The visiting Hilltoppers defense ranks No. 95 allowing on average 62 PPG. The Warhawks FG% has averaged 38.5% so far, less than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.7% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Kentucky owns the country's No. 125-rated mark, allowing 67 points per game on the highway. Louisiana-Monroe, on the other hand, rates No. 341 in scoring at home.
Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 74-46 result against Brescia on November 24. The battle between the Hilltoppers and Bearcats didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Brescia was handed a 74-46 defeat on Saturday at EA Diddle Arena.
Louisiana-Monroe was a 68-52 loser in its last match on the road against Louisiana Tech. They covered the 17.5-point spread as underdogs. The Warhawks endured a 68-52 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Trent Mackey at Thomas Center.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Troy are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 4-6
After playing Louisiana Tech are 1-3
After a loss are 1-9
A few Hilltoppers at Warhawks trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Louisiana-Monroe is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Western Kentucky
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Western Kentucky
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
Western Kentucky at Troy, Saturday, December 1
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas-Little Rock, Saturday, December 1