Florida Atlantic Owls home to Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAA Basketball betting action
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Florida Atlantic Owls Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls will hit the floor running against the visiting Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
Florida Atlantic will face the 13-12 Hilltoppers, who own a 11-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Owls are 10-9 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Hilltoppers are 5-14-1 favoring the OVER.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Florida Atlantic Owls as 1-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 195-ranked Owls and the No. 135-rated Hilltoppers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 66-62 win for the Hilltoppers on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida Atlantic's No. 260 nationally ranked offense (64 points per game) against a Hilltoppers defense that sits as the No. 133 at 64.6 PPG. The Owls have been averaging 41.3% from the field, less than the Hilltoppers have managed so far this season (41.9% on average).
Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 173-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.7 points per game. Florida Atlantic, meanwhile, comes in at No. 230 nationally in scoring at home.
Western Kentucky lost its last outing, a 67-49 result against Arkansas State on February 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. T.J. Price scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Hilltoppers to a win (they lost 67-49 to Arkansas State at EA Diddle Arena on Saturday).
Florida Atlantic was a 72-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against South Alabama. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Florida Atlantic suffered a 72-71 loss against South Alabama on Saturday, getting 23 points from Greg Gantt in a losing effort at Mitchell Center.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Florida International are 7-3
After playing Arkansas State are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 3-5
After playing South Alabama are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
A few Hilltoppers at Owls trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Florida Atlantic
Western Kentucky is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games when playing Western Kentucky
Florida Atlantic is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Western Kentucky at Florida International, Saturday, February 16
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, February 16