Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Arkansas State Red Wolves Odds
Western Kentucky travels to Arkansas State on Sunday, hoping to boost its 18-15 record with a victory over the Red Wolves.
This is a conference playoff game in the Sun Belt Tournament. Summit Arena is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
Supporters of the Hilltoppers have watched them go 18-15 and 16-16 ATS on the year, while the Red Wolves are at 19-11 and 12-15 ATS. In totals betting, the Red Wolves are 14-11, while the Hilltoppers have a 10-17-1 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 101-ranked Red Wolves and the No. 137-rated Hilltoppers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-68 win for the Red Wolves on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Arkansas State has the nation's No. 137-rated offensive output, at 69 PPG. The visiting Hilltoppers defense ranks No. 164 allowing on average 66.1 PPG. The Red Wolves FG% has averaged 40.7% so far, less than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.2% per game.
Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 225-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.6 points per game. Arkansas State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 149 nationally in scoring at home.
Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 62-59 result against South Alabama on March 9. They covered in that game as a 2-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 22 points from T.J. Price en route to a 62-59 victory over South Alabama on Saturday at Summit Arena.
Arkansas State won its last outing, a 68-63 result against Troy on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point favorite. Ed Townsel scored 19 points leading the Red Wolves to a 68-63 victory over Troy at Summit Arena on Saturday.