Florida Atlantic Owls take on Hilltoppers in NCAA basketball test
Florida Atlantic Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic on Saturday, with the host Hilltoppers trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
Supporters of the Owls have watched them go 8-9 and 4-7 ATS on the year, while the Hilltoppers are at 10-7 and 9-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Hilltoppers are 5-7, while the Owls have a 5-5 mark.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as 8-point favorites 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. 109-ranked Hilltoppers and the No. 241-rated Owls in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 68-63 win for the Hilltoppers on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Owls is ranked No. 146 in NCAA hoops at 36 per game. Contrast that with Western Kentucky’s No. 60 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Kentucky is the No. 152-ranked team in the country at 6.3 per game, while Florida Atlantic rates No. 142 at 6.4 per game.
Defensively, Florida Atlantic features the nation's No. 202-rated defense on the road, allowing 72 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 178 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Florida Atlantic, they were a 62-52 loser as they battled Middle Tennessee on the road. They covered in the match as a 16.5-point underdog. Florida Atlantic suffered a 62-52 loss against Middle Tennessee on Thursday, getting 23 points from Greg Gantt in a losing effort at Murphy Center.
Western Kentucky was a 75-61 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Arkansas State. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Hilltoppers endured a 75-61 loss at the hands of the Red Wolves on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Aleksejs Rostov at ASU Convocation Center.
Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Troy are 3-7
After playing Middle Tennessee are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 9-1
After playing Arkansas State are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
A few Owls at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Florida Atlantic is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Western Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Florida Atlantic
Western Kentucky is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Florida Atlantic
Western Kentucky is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Florida Atlantic home to Troy, Thursday, January 17
Western Kentucky home to Louisiana-Lafayette, Thursday, January 17