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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks visit Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAAB hoops battle

Louisiana-Monroe WarhawksWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
March 5, 7:45 PM | Summit Arena

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

7-23TEAM RECORD14-15

Summit Arena features an NCAAB clash between the host Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the visiting Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Sun Belt Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Summit Arena).

The Hilltoppers sport records of 14-15 and 8-15 ATS heading into this battle, while the Warhawks have 7-23 and 9-12 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-12 for the Hilltoppers and 9-12 for the Warhawks.

View Louisiana-Monroe vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Western Kentucky sat as 10.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hilltoppers rated this week at No. 176 and the Warhawks sitting at No. 342. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 67-59 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Kentucky's No. 136-ranked scoring average of 70.1 PPG, against a Warhawks defense rated No. 201 and allowing 68.7 PPG. The Hilltoppers FG% has averaged 43.6% to date this season, more than the Warhawks shooters have managed so far (42% per game).

Defensively, Louisiana-Monroe features the nation's No. 175-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.7 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 151 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Louisiana-Monroe was a 61-46 loser at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. They failed to cover the 3–point spread as underdogs. The Warhawks endured a 61-46 loss at the hands of the Ragin Cajuns on Saturday, despite a 13-point effort from Fred Brown at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Western Kentucky lost its last outing, a 57-39 result against Middle Tennessee on February 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. Steffphon Pettigrew scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Hilltoppers to a win (they lost 57-39 to Middle Tennessee at Murphy Center on Saturday).

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Middle Tennessee are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Warhawks at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Louisiana-Monroe
Western Kentucky is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games