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Mississippi Rebels take on Hilltoppers in NCAA basketball test

Mississippi RebelsWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
8-2December 30, 2013, 08:00 | EA Diddle Arena8-4

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers host Mississippi on Monday, looking to build on their 8-4 mark against the 8-2 Rebels in college hoops action at EA Diddle Arena.

The Hilltoppers are 8-4 so far on the season, and 5-5 ATS vs. the number. The Rebels, meanwhile, are 8-2 and 2-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Western Kentucky go 4-4-1 and the Rebels go 3-4 on the totals.

View Mississippi Rebels vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as 1.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hilltoppers rated this week at No. 117 and the Rebels sitting at No. 75.

Last time out for Mississippi, they were a 79-76 loser as they battled Mercer at home. The Rebels got 21 points from Jarvis Summers, but it was Mercer that prevailed in a 79-76 final on Sunday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 103-65 result against Brescia on December 28. Western Kentucky cruised to victory on Saturday, running Brescia out of the gym and running up a 103-65 score at EA Diddle Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Kentucky's No. 216-ranked offense, averaging 67.83 PPG, against a Rebels defense that ranks No. 158 at 70.82 PPG. The Hilltoppers field goal percentage has averaged 41.18% so far, less than the Rebels marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.52% per game.

A few Rebels at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Mississippi is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
Mississippi is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Mississippi home to Dayton, Saturday, January 4th
Western Kentucky at South Alabama, Thursday, January 2nd