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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on Red Wolves in NCAA basketball test

Western Kentucky HilltoppersArkansas State Red Wolves
Jan 5, 8:05 PM | ASU Convocation Center

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Arkansas State Red Wolves Odds

10-6TEAM RECORD9-5

The Arkansas State Red Wolves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at ASU Convocation Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

This season, the Red Wolves are 9-5 overall and 5-6 ATS ATS, while the Hilltoppers are 10-6 and 9-6 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Arkansas State boasts a 5-4 on the OU, and Western Kentucky is 4-7.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Red Wolves as 5.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 166-rated Red Wolves and the No. 88-ranked Hilltoppers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 72-70 result in favor of the Red Wolves.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Arkansas State has the nation's No. 117-rated offensive output, at 70.5 PPG. The visiting Hilltoppers defense ranks No. 154 allowing on average 65.1 PPG. The Red Wolves FG% has averaged 41.5% so far, less than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.3% per game.

Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 179-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.9 points per game. Arkansas State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 134 nationally in scoring at home.

Western Kentucky lost its last outing, a 75-67 result against Arkansas-Little Rock on January 3. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. The Hilltoppers endured a 75-67 loss at the hands of the Trojans on Thursday, despite an 18 -point effort from Brandon Harris at Stephens Center.

Last time out for Arkansas State, they were a 66-60 winner as they battled Middle Tennessee at home. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. Brandon Peterson scored 15 points leading the Red Wolves to a 66-60 victory over Middle Tennessee at ASU Convocation Center on Thursday.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Florida Atlantic are 6-4
After playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Arkansas State Red Wolves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Florida International are 6-4
After playing Middle Tennessee are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Hilltoppers at Red Wolves trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Arkansas State
Arkansas State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arkansas State's last 5 games when playing Western Kentucky
Arkansas State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Arkansas State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Western Kentucky

Next up:
Western Kentucky home to Florida Atlantic, Saturday, January 12
Arkansas State home to Florida International, Thursday, January 10