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NCAA hoops odds preview - Tulsa vs. Western Kentucky

Tulsa Golden HurricaneWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
Nov 17, 12:30 PM | Carolina First Center

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will hit the floor running against the visiting Tulsa Golden Hurricane Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Carolina First Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

Western Kentucky battles the Golden Hurricane, currently sitting with a 2-0 mark (1-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-2 for the Hilltoppers and 0-1 for the Golden Hurricane.

View Tulsa vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Western Kentucky sat as 9.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 179-rated Hilltoppers and the No. 54-ranked Golden Hurricane, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-54 result in favor of the Golden Hurricane.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Kentucky's No. 307-ranked offense, averaging 56.5 PPG, against a Golden Hurricane defense that ranks No. 25 at 50.5 PPG. The Hilltoppers field goal percentage has averaged 32.2% so far, less than the Golden Hurricane marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.4% per game.

Defensively, Tulsa features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 266 nationally in scoring at home.

Tulsa won its last outing, a 67-52 result against Southeastern Louisiana on November 13. Tulsa got 23 points from Steven Idlet en route to a 67-52 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at Reynolds Center.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 52-49 winner as they battled Tennessee State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. Jamal Crook scored 13 points leading the Hilltoppers to a 52-49 victory over Tennessee State at EA Diddle Arena on Monday.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Jackson State are 4-0
After a win are 7-3

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Virginia Commonwealth are 1-3
After playing Tennessee State are 2-1
After a win are 5-5

A few Golden Hurricane at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games
Western Kentucky is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
Western Kentucky is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games

Next up:
Tulsa at Jackson State, Tuesday, November 22
Western Kentucky home to Virginia Commonwealth, Wednesday, November 23

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