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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs South Alabama Jaguars Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Jaguars in South Alabama at Mitchell Center on Thursday in college basketball action.
The Jaguars sit at 9-8 (8-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Hilltoppers are currently 11-9 (10-9 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? South Alabama is 6-5-1 OU, and Western Kentucky is 5-10 OU.
The Hilltoppers were listed as 4-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Jaguars at No. 185 and the Hilltoppers at No. 117 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 70-69 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hilltoppers is ranked No. 49 in NCAA hoops at 38.4 per game. Contrast that with South Alabama’s No. 68 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, South Alabama is the No. 128-ranked team in the country at 6.5 per game, while Western Kentucky rates No. 181 at 6.1 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Kentucky owns the country's No. 211-rated mark, allowing 71.4 points per game on the highway. South Alabama, on the other hand, rates No. 276 in scoring at home.
Western Kentucky was a 59-54 loser in their most recent outing at home against Arkansas-Little Rock. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. Western Kentucky suffered a 59-54 loss against Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, getting 22 points from Brandon Harris in a losing effort at EA Diddle Arena.
In their last action, South Alabama was a 71-56 winner at home against Louisiana-Monroe. They covered the 13-point spread as favorites. South Alabama earned a 71-56 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday, getting 23 points from Augustine Rubit at Mitchell Center.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 9-1
After playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
South Alabama Jaguars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Florida International are 5-5
After playing Louisiana-Monroe are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
A few Hilltoppers at Jaguars trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games when playing on the road against South Alabama
Western Kentucky is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against South Alabama
Western Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Alabama's last 6 games when playing at home against Western Kentucky
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Alabama's last 5 games when playing Western Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of South Alabama's last 13 games when playing Western Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Alabama's last 6 games
Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, January 26
South Alabama home to Florida International, Sunday, January 27