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Texas State Bobcats home to Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in NCAA Basketball betting action

Western Kentucky HilltoppersTexas State Bobcats
18-9February 27, 2014, 08:00 | Strahan Coliseum8-19

Texas State will look to improve on its 8-19 record on Thursday when they host Western Kentucky in NCAA basketball odds action at Strahan Coliseum.

Texas State battles the Hilltoppers, currently sitting with a 18-9 mark (10-14-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-12-1 for the Bobcats and 13-11-1 for the Hilltoppers.

View Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Texas State Bobcats Odds and Stats.

Texas State opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 227-rated Bobcats and the No. 70-ranked Hilltoppers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 72-63 result against Louisiana-Monroe on February 22. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 25 points from Trency Jackson en route to a 72-63 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at EA Diddle Arena.

Texas State lost its last outing, a 73-68 result against Arkansas State on February 22. They covered in that game as a 9-point underdog. The Bobcats endured a 73-68 loss at the hands of the Red Wolves on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Joel Wright at ASU Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Texas State's No. 247-ranked offense, averaging 62.78 PPG, against a Hilltoppers defense that ranks No. 79 at 67.19 PPG. The Bobcats field goal percentage has averaged 44.4% so far, more than the Hilltoppers marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.22% per game.

A few Hilltoppers at Bobcats trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Western Kentucky is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Kentucky's last 8 games
Western Kentucky is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Texas State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas State's last 6 games at home

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