Sun Belt Tournament - Arkansas State Red Wolves home to Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAA Basketball betting action
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.