South Alabama Jaguars vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds
Western Kentucky looks to cover the Hilltoppers-Jaguars pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 15-14 mark when they host South Alabama in college basketball wagering action.
This season, the Hilltoppers are 15-14 overall and 13-15 ATS ATS, while the Jaguars are 16-10 and 12-12 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Kentucky boasts a 8-15-1 on the OU, and South Alabama is 11-9-1.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Hilltoppers as 5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 130-ranked Hilltoppers and the No. 139-rated Jaguars in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 71-69 win for the Hilltoppers on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Kentucky's No. 181-ranked offense, averaging 67.3 PPG, against a Jaguars defense that ranks No. 211 at 67.9 PPG. The Hilltoppers field goal percentage has averaged 42.6% so far, more than the Jaguars marksmen have achieved on the year, 41% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, South Alabama owns the country's No. 294-rated mark, allowing 74.9 points per game on the highway. Western Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 228 in scoring at home.
In their last action, South Alabama was a 69-57 winner at home against North Texas. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. South Alabama got 18 points from Mychal Ammons en route to a 69-57 victory over North Texas on Saturday at Mitchell Center.
In their last action, Western Kentucky was an 88-77 winner on the road against Louisiana-Lafayette. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Hilltoppers got 23 points from T.J. Price as Western Kentucky ran past Louisiana-Lafayette 88-77 on Saturday at Cajundome.
South Alabama Jaguars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Troy are 5-5
After playing North Texas are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 8-2
After playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Jaguars at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of South Alabama's last 6 games on the road
South Alabama is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
South Alabama is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
South Alabama is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games at home
Western Kentucky is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
Western Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against South Alabama
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Western Kentucky's last 14 games when playing South Alabama
South Alabama at Troy, Saturday, March 2
Western Kentucky home to Middle Tennessee, Saturday, March 2