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Georgia State favored by -9 against Western Kentucky on Saturday

Western Kentucky HilltoppersGeorgia State Panthers
20-10March 08, 2014, 02:30 | GSU Sports Arena23-7

The Georgia State Panthers will try to cover the spread at GSU Sports Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAA basketball action.

The Panthers sit at 23-7 (14-14 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Hilltoppers are currently 20-10 (11-16-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Georgia State is 14-13-1 OU, and Western Kentucky is 14-13-1 OU.

View Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Georgia State Panthers Odds and Stats.

The Panthers were listed as -9-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game matches up the No. 12 (Panthers) and the No. 109 (Hilltoppers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Western Kentucky was a 75-72 winner in their most recent outing at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. George Fant scored 18 points leading the Hilltoppers to a 75-72 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette at EA Diddle Arena on Thursday.

Georgia State was a 79-76 winner in its last match on the road against Arkansas State. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Manny Atkins went off for 30 points and added 11 rebounds for good measure, leading Georgia State to a 79-76 win over Arkansas State on Tuesday at ASU Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Georgia State has the nation's No. 25-rated offensive output, at 78.3 PPG. The visiting Hilltoppers defense ranks No. 77 allowing on average 67.2 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 47.37% so far, more than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.34% per game.

A few Hilltoppers at Panthers trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Western Kentucky is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
Western Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Georgia State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Georgia State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Georgia State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Georgia State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home