North Texas Mean Green visit Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
North Texas Mean Green vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers try to run the North Texas Mean Green off the court at EA Diddle Arena in college hoops action.
The Hilltoppers sport records of 9-5 and 8-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Mean Green have 5-7 and 3-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-6 for the Hilltoppers and 2-2 for the Mean Green.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Mean Green were listed as 2.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hilltoppers rated this week at No. 59 and the Mean Green sitting at No. 197. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 71-68 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mean Green is ranked No. 29 in NCAA hoops at 40.3 per game. Contrast that with Western Kentucky’s No. 55 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Kentucky is the No. 234-ranked team in the country at 5.6 per game, while North Texas rates No. 343 at 3.2 per game.
Defensively, North Texas features the nation's No. 143-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.2 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 182 nationally in scoring at home.
North Texas was a 90-75 loser in its last match at home against Lehigh. The Mean Green endured a 90-75 loss at the hands of the Mountain Hawks on Thursday, despite a 22-point effort from Tony Mitchell at The Super Pit.
In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 76-63 winner at home against Florida International. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Hilltoppers got 24 points from George Fant as Western Kentucky ran past Florida International 76-63 on Thursday at EA Diddle Arena.
North Texas Mean Green Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 0-10
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 8-2
After playing Florida International are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Mean Green at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
North Texas is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
North Texas is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
North Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
North Texas is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 5 games when playing North Texas
Western Kentucky is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against North Texas
Western Kentucky is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
North Texas at Middle Tennessee, Monday, December 31
Western Kentucky at Arkansas-Little Rock, Thursday, January 3