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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Panthers underdogs vs Hilltoppers at Western Kentucky

Georgia State PanthersWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
9-6January 09, 2014, 08:00 | EA Diddle Arena10-5

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Georgia State Panthers pay a visit to EA Diddle Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

The Hilltoppers bring a 10-5 record (7-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-6 Panthers, who are 4-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Western Kentucky go 5-6-1 so far and the Panthers go 8-5.

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

The Hilltoppers were listed as -2.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hilltoppers at No. 122 and the Panthers at No. 93 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Georgia State was a 73-63 winner on the road against South Alabama. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. The Panthers used a 30-point performance from R.J. Hunter to help Georgia State smack South Alabama 73-63 on Saturday at Mitchell Center.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 60-51 winner as they battled Troy on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 12 points from George Fant en route to a 60-51 victory over Troy on Saturday at Trojan Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Western Kentucky's No. 135-rated squad against Georgia State's No. 245-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Western Kentucky rates No. 83 in the country with 7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 62 nationally with 7.47 per match.

A few Panthers at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Georgia State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Georgia State's last 7 games
Western Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Western Kentucky is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Georgia State home to Arkansas State, Thursday, January 16th
Western Kentucky at Arkansas-Little Rock, Thursday, January 16th