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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Golden Panthers College Hoops Game Preview

Western Kentucky HilltoppersFlorida International Golden Panthers
Feb 16, 7:30 PM | U.S. Century Bank Arena

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds

13-13TEAM RECORD13-12

The Florida International Golden Panthers hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers pay a visit to U.S. Century Bank Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

The Golden Panthers currently sports a 13-12 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-8-1 ATS. The Hilltoppers are 13-13 and 11-14 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Golden Panthers produce a 7-10 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Hilltoppers have gone 6-14-1 against the number.

View Western Kentucky vs Florida International Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Golden Panthers at No. 240 and the Hilltoppers at No. 135 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 68-67 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida International's No. 125 nationally ranked offense (69.5 points per game) against a Hilltoppers defense that sits as the No. 147 at 65.3 PPG. The Golden Panthers have been averaging 42.5% from the field, more than the Hilltoppers have managed so far this season (41.8% on average).

Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 210-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.9 points per game. Florida International, meanwhile, comes in at No. 124 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were an 84-78 loser as they battled Florida Atlantic on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. George Fant scored 25 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 84-78 against Florida Atlantic in college basketball action at FAU Arena.

In their last action, Florida International was a 69-61 loser on the road against Troy. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Golden Panthers endured a 69-61 loss at the hands of the Trojans on Thursday, despite a 12-point effort from Cameron Bell at Trojan Arena.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Louisiana-Monroe are 4-5
After playing Florida Atlantic are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7

Florida International Golden Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 4-6
After playing Troy are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Hilltoppers at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Florida Internati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games when playing on the road against Florida Internati
Western Kentucky is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Florida International is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Florida International's last 8 games when playing Western Kentucky
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida International's last 6 games when playing at home against Western Kentucky
Florida International is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Western Kentucky home to Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday, February 21
Florida International home to Arkansas-Little Rock, Thursday, February 21