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Florida International Golden Panthers take on Hilltoppers in college basketball test

Florida International Golden PanthersWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
March 3, 9:30 PM | Summit Arena

Florida International Golden Panthers vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

8-20TEAM RECORD11-18

A key college battle sees the visiting Golden Panthers travelling to Western Kentucky Saturday to take on the Hilltoppers on Saturday.

It's a game in the Sun Belt Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Summit Arena).

Supporters of the Golden Panthers have watched them go 8-20 and 12-12 ATS on the year, while the Hilltoppers are at 11-18 and 14-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Hilltoppers are 14-13-1, while the Golden Panthers have a 13-11 mark.

View Florida International vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Hilltoppers installed as 1-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 181-rated Hilltoppers and the No. 243-ranked Golden Panthers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 64-62 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Kentucky's No. 251-ranked offense, averaging 64.5 PPG, against a Golden Panthers defense that ranks No. 188 at 67.3 PPG. The Hilltoppers field goal percentage has averaged 39.4% so far, less than the Golden Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Florida International owns the country's No. 136-rated mark, allowing 68.4 points per game on the highway. Western Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 310 in scoring at home.

Florida International won its last outing, an 81-74 result against South Alabama on February 25. They covered in that game as a 2-point favorite. DeJuan Wright went off for 35 points and added 13 rebounds for good measure, leading Florida International to an 81-74 win over South Alabama on Saturday at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 73-67 result against Middle Tennessee on February 25. They covered in that game as a 9-point underdog. The Hilltoppers grabbed a 73-67 win over the Blue Raiders on Saturday, behind a 13-point effort from T.J. Price at EA Diddle Arena.

Florida International Golden Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing South Alabama are 2-8
After a win are 2-8

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Middle Tennessee are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Golden Panthers at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games when playing Florida International
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games when playing Florida International
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games