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Hilltoppers vs Pioneers College Hoops Game Preview

Western Kentucky HilltoppersDenver Pioneers
March 5, 9:30 PM | Summit Arena

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Denver Pioneers Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Summit Arena Monday as host Denver looks to handle the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAAB action.

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 matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Summit Arena.

The Hilltoppers will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 16-14 ATS against the number this season, while the Pioneers are 17-11 ATS. Western Kentucky is 15-14-1 on the totals; Denver is 17-9-2.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 186 (Pioneers) and the No. 181 (Hilltoppers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 73-62 result in favor of the Pioneers has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Denver has the nation's No. 175-rated offensive output, at 68.3 PPG. The visiting Hilltoppers defense ranks No. 208 allowing on average 68.1 PPG. The Pioneers FG% has averaged 48.9% so far, more than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.2% per game.

Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 196-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.6 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 208 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 68-63 winner on the road against Arkansas-Little Rock. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Western Kentucky got 25 points and 15 rebounds from Derrick Gordon en route to a 68-63 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday at Summit Arena.

Denver was a 61-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against South Alabama. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites. Denver earned a 61-50 victory over South Alabama on Sunday, getting 14 points from Rob Lewis at Hot Springs Convention Center.