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Golden Panthers face Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Florida International Golden PanthersWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
Feb 24, 8:00 PM | EA Diddle Arena

Florida International Golden Panthers vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

9-17TEAM RECORD13-14

Florida International pays a visit to Western Kentucky on Thursday, hoping to send the Hilltoppers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at EA Diddle Arena.

This season, the Hilltoppers are 13-14 overall and 8-13 ATS ATS, while the Golden Panthers are 9-17 and 8-10 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Kentucky boasts a 10-11 on the OU, and Florida International is 14-4.

View Florida International vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Golden Panthers listed as 10.5-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hilltoppers at No. 184 and the Golden Panthers at No. 259 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 72-70 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Panthers is ranked No. 261 in NCAA hoops at 33.2 per game. Contrast that with Western Kentucky’s No. 81 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Kentucky is the No. 217-ranked team in the country at 5.9 per game, while Florida International rates No. 229 at 5.7 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Florida International owns the country's No. 331-rated mark, allowing 80.8 points per game on the highway. Western Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 168 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Florida International was an 80-78 loser at home against Florida Atlantic. They covered the 4.5–point spread as underdogs. The Golden Panthers got a 20-point effort from DeJuan Wright, who added 14 rebounds, but Florida Atlantic still managed to defeat Florida International 80-78 Saturday at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 67-64 loser as they battled Louisiana-Lafayette on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. Western Kentucky suffered a 67-64 loss against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, getting 18 points from Steffphon Pettigrew in a losing effort at Cajundome.

Florida International Golden Panthers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Troy are 6-4
After playing Florida Atlantic are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 8-2
After playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Golden Panthers at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida International's last 5 games on the road
Florida International is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Florida International is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Florida International is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Florida International
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Florida International
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games when playing Florida International
Western Kentucky is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
Florida International home to Troy, Saturday, February 26
Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, February 26

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