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College baskeball point spread favors Blue Raiders in battle with Hilltoppers

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
March 2, 6:30 PM | EA Diddle Arena

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

26-4TEAM RECORD16-14

The visiting Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at EA Diddle Arena against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers are 16-14 so far on the season, and 14-15 ATS vs. the number. The Blue Raiders, meanwhile, are 26-4 and 14-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Western Kentucky go 9-15-1 and the Blue Raiders go 13-12 on the totals.

View Middle Tennessee vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as 6.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Hilltoppers, most recently No. 130 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Blue Raiders, who rate No. 13 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 80-67 victory for the Blue Raiders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Kentucky has the nation's No. 166-rated offensive output, at 67.7 PPG. The visiting Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 16 allowing on average 57.3 PPG. The Hilltoppers FG% has averaged 42.8% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.5% per game.

Defensively, Middle Tennessee features the nation's No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.2 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 214 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 66-56 winner on the road against Troy. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. Marcos Knight scored 20 points leading the Blue Raiders to a 66-56 victory over Troy at Trojan Arena on Thursday.

Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 79-73 result against South Alabama on February 28. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 22 points from T.J. Price en route to a 79-73 victory over South Alabama on Thursday at EA Diddle Arena.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Troy are 6-4
After a win are 10-0

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After playing South Alabama are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Blue Raiders at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Middle Tennessee's last 8 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Middle Tennessee is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Middle Tennessee is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games at home
Western Kentucky is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Middle Tennessee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Western Kentucky's last 14 games when playing Middle Tennessee