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NCAAB Game Preview - Paladins underdogs vs Hilltoppers at Western Kentucky

Furman PaladinsWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
Dec 17, 8:00 PM | EA Diddle Arena

Furman Paladins vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the Western Kentucky vs Furman battle Saturday at EA Diddle Arena as the Hilltoppers look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

Western Kentucky will face the 5-4 Paladins, who own a 3-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hilltoppers are 2-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Paladins are 2-3 favoring the OVER.

View Furman vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Hilltoppers as 3-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 213-ranked Hilltoppers and the No. 173-rated Paladins in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 66-58 win for the Paladins on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Kentucky has the nation's No. 311-rated offensive output, at 59.7 PPG. The visiting Paladins defense ranks No. 154 allowing on average 65.7 PPG. The Hilltoppers FG% has averaged 37.9% so far, less than the Paladins marksmen have achieved on the year, 40% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Furman owns the country's No. 160-rated mark, allowing 70 points per game on the highway. Western Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 333 in scoring at home.

Furman was an 85-79 winner in its last match at home against Jacksonville. The Paladins grabbed an 85-79 win over the Dolphins on Sunday, behind a 16-point effort from Bobby Austin at Timmons Arena.

Western Kentucky was an 84-76 loser in its last match on the road against IUPUI. They failed to cover the 6.5–point spread as underdogs. Western Kentucky got 19 points from T.J. Price but lost anyway, 84-76, to IUPUI on Saturday at IUPUI Gymnasium.

Furman Paladins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Presbyterian are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Louisville are 2-4
After playing IUPUI are 0-1
After a loss are 7-3

A few Paladins at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Furman's last 12 games on the road
Furman is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Furman at Presbyterian, Tuesday, December 20
Western Kentucky at Louisville, Friday, December 23