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

Eastern Illinois PanthersWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
3-3November 30, 2013, 09:00 | EA Diddle Arena3-2

A key college battle sees the visiting Eastern Illinois Panthers travelling to Western Kentucky Saturday to take on the Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky will face the 3-3 Panthers, who own a 1-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hilltoppers are 0-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Panthers are 2-2 favoring the OVER.

View Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 8-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

This game puts the Hilltoppers, most recently No. 72 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Panthers, who rate No. 282 in the latest survey.

Eastern Illinois was a 71-65 loser in their most recent outing at home against IUPU Fort Wayne. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Eastern Illinois suffered a 71-65 loss against IUPU Fort Wayne on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Sherman Blanford in a losing effort at Lantz Arena.

Western Kentucky was a 74-64 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Marshall. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. The Hilltoppers got 16 points from Payton Hulsey, but it was Marshall that prevailed in a 74-64 final on Tuesday at Cam Henderson Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Panthers rank No. 243 in NCAA Division 1 with 30.67 per game. That compares with Western Kentucky’s No. 112 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Western Kentucky is college basketball's No. 104-ranked team at 6.6 per game, while the Panthers rate No. 170 with 5.33 per game.

A few Panthers at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
Western Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Illinois at Western Illinois, Wednesday, December 4th
Western Kentucky at Bowling Green, Monday, December 2nd