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Florida Atlantic Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Matchup Report

Western Kentucky HilltoppersFlorida Atlantic Owls
Jan 26, 7:00 PM | FAU Arena

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Florida Atlantic Owls Odds


College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky hit the hard court against the Owls of Florida Atlantic.

The Owls sport records of 8-12 and 10-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hilltoppers have 6-14 and 7-12 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-12 for the Owls and 8-10-1 for the Hilltoppers.

View Western Kentucky vs Florida Atlantic Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Owls as 11.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Owls, most recently No. 175 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Hilltoppers, who rate No. 280 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 65-59 victory for the Owls.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida Atlantic's No. 229-ranked offense, averaging 65.6 PPG, against a Hilltoppers defense that ranks No. 221 at 69 PPG. The Owls field goal percentage has averaged 41.7% so far, more than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.3% per game.

Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 244-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.4 points per game. Florida Atlantic, meanwhile, comes in at No. 157 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 65-53 winner as they battled Arkansas-Little Rock at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Western Kentucky earned a 65-53 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, getting 13 points from Jamal Crook at EA Diddle Arena.

Florida Atlantic won its last outing, a 66-64 result against Florida International on January 21. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. The Owls got 19 points from Greg Gantt as Florida Atlantic ran past Florida International 66-64 on Saturday at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Florida International are 8-2
After playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-7
Before playing South Alabama are 6-4
After playing Florida International are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

A few Hilltoppers at Owls trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida Atlantic
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Florida Atlantic's last 9 games
Florida Atlantic is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
Florida Atlantic is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Florida Atlantic is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Western Kentucky

Next up:
Western Kentucky at Florida International, Saturday, January 28
Florida Atlantic at South Alabama, Thursday, February 2