Sun Belt Tournament - Western Kentucky favored by 12 against Louisiana-Monroe on Friday
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds
Summit Arena will host Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
This is a conference playoff game in the Sun Belt Tournament. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Summit Arena.
This season, the Hilltoppers are 16-15 overall and 14-16 ATS ATS, while the Warhawks are 4-22 and 10-14 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Kentucky boasts a 10-15-1 on the OU, and Louisiana-Monroe is 14-8.
The Hilltoppers were listed as 12-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 137-rated Hilltoppers and the No. 346-ranked Warhawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 68-54 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Warhawks is ranked No. 334 in NCAA hoops at 29.6 per game. Contrast that with Western Kentucky’s No. 83 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Kentucky is the No. 143-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Louisiana-Monroe rates No. 188 at 6 per game.
Defensively, Louisiana-Monroe features the nation's No. 289-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.6 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 219 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Louisiana-Monroe, they were a 71-63 loser as they battled Louisiana-Lafayette at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. Louisiana-Monroe suffered a 71-63 loss against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, getting 21 points from Amos Olatayo in a losing effort at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 70-62 loser as they battled Middle Tennessee at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog. Western Kentucky suffered a 70-62 loss against Middle Tennessee on Saturday, getting 18 points from George Fant in a losing effort at EA Diddle Arena.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-5
After playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Middle Tennessee are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6
A few Warhawks at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana-Monroe
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games
Western Kentucky is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games