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Arkansas State Red Wolves face Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Arkansas State Red WolvesWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
10-6January 18, 2014, 08:00 | EA Diddle Arena10-7

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

This season, the Hilltoppers are 10-7 overall and 7-8 ATS, while the Red Wolves are 10-6 and 6-6 ATS. As for the totals, Western Kentucky boasts a 6-7-1 on the OU, and Arkansas State is 6-6.

View Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 6-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(.

This game puts the Hilltoppers, most recently No. 124 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Red Wolves, who rate No. 248 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Arkansas State was a 73-72 loser on the road against Georgia State. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. The Red Wolves got a 22-point effort from Kirk Van Slyke, who added 10 rebounds, but Georgia State still managed to defeat Arkansas State 73-72 Thursday at GSU Sports Arena.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were an 87-83 loser as they battled Arkansas-Little Rock at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. The Hilltoppers got 20 points from Aleksej Rostov, but it was Arkansas-Little Rock that prevailed in an 87-83 final on Thursday at EA Diddle Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Red Wolves rank No. 168 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.94 per game. That compares with Western Kentucky’s No. 123 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Western Kentucky is college basketball's No. 56-ranked team at 7.53 per game, while the Red Wolves rate No. 6 with 9.06 per game.

A few Red Wolves at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Arkansas State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arkansas State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Arkansas State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Arkansas State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Western Kentucky is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games when playing Arkansas State
Western Kentucky is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing Arkansas State
Western Kentucky is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Arkansas State

Next up:
Arkansas State home to Arkansas-Little Rock, Saturday, January 25th
Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday, January 23rd