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Texas-Arlington Mavericks visit Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Texas-Arlington MavericksWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
9-10January 30, 2014, 08:00 | EA Diddle Arena13-7

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Texas-Arlington Mavericks pay a visit to EA Diddle Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

Western Kentucky battles the Mavericks, currently sitting with a 9-10 mark (6-7-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-8-1 for the Hilltoppers and 5-9 for the Mavericks.

View Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Hilltoppers in this one found them listed as -8.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Thursday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Mavericks was expected to move the line.

The Hilltoppers - Mavericks odds would favor the Hilltoppers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Western Kentucky is rated No. 82 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Texas-Arlington is at No. 189.

Last time out for Texas-Arlington, they were a 73-65 winner as they battled South Alabama at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. Texas-Arlington got 21 points from Reger Dowell en route to a 73-65 victory over South Alabama on Saturday at College Park Center.

In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 79-70 winner on the road against Louisiana-Lafayette. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Western Kentucky got 25 points from George Fant en route to a 79-70 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at Cajundome.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Kentucky's No. 194-ranked scoring average of 68.65 PPG, against a Mavericks defense rated No. 236 and allowing 76.74 PPG. The Hilltoppers FG% has averaged 41.48% to date this season, less than the Mavericks shooters have managed so far (43.13% per game).

Next up:
Texas-Arlington at Georgia State, Saturday, February 1st
Western Kentucky at Texas State, Saturday, February 1st