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

Louisiana-Monroe WarhawksWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
8-13February 22, 2014, 08:00 | EA Diddle Arena17-9

The visiting Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at EA Diddle Arena against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers are 17-9 so far on the season, and 9-14-1 ATS vs. the number. The Warhawks, meanwhile, are 8-13 and 10-8-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Western Kentucky go 12-11-1 and the Warhawks go 6-11-2 on the totals.

View Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

The Hilltoppers were listed as -9.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 80-rated Hilltoppers and the No. 278-ranked Warhawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Louisiana-Monroe was a 75-60 loser on the road against Georgia State. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as underdogs. The Warhawks endured a 75-60 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Thursday, despite a 16-point effort from Nick Coppola at GSU Sports Arena.

Western Kentucky was a 69-62 loser in their most recent outing at home against South Alabama. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Western Kentucky got 17 points from George Fant but lost anyway, 69-62, to South Alabama on Saturday at EA Diddle Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Kentucky's No. 180-ranked offense, averaging 69.15 PPG, against a Warhawks defense that ranks No. 134 at 69.86 PPG. The Hilltoppers field goal percentage has averaged 41.29% so far, less than the Warhawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.83% per game.

A few Warhawks at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Louisiana-Monroe is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Western Kentucky is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games
Western Kentucky is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana-Monroe home to South Alabama, Thursday, February 27th
Western Kentucky at Texas State, Thursday, February 27th