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Troy Trojans vs Hilltoppers College Hoops Game Preview

Troy TrojansWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
Jan 31, 8:00 PM | EA Diddle Arena

Troy Trojans vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will try to cover the spread at EA Diddle Arena on Thursday when they get a visit from the Troy Trojans in NCAA basketball action.

The Trojans will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 11-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Hilltoppers are 10-11 ATS. Troy is 7-7 on the totals; Western Kentucky is 5-12.

View Troy vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Hilltoppers in this one found them listed as 11-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Trojans was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 304-rated Troy taking on the No. 129-rated Hilltoppers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 66-61 win for the Hilltoppers on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Kentucky has the nation's No. 219-rated offensive output, at 65.7 PPG. The visiting Trojans defense ranks No. 193 allowing on average 66.9 PPG. The Hilltoppers FG% has averaged 41.9% so far, more than the Trojans marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.5% per game.

Defensively, Troy features the nation's No. 172-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.3 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 208 nationally in scoring at home.

Troy was a 71-64 winner in its last match on the road against Louisiana-Monroe. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Hunter Williams scored 15 points leading the Trojans to a 71-64 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Saturday.

In their last action, Western Kentucky was a 72-53 loser on the road against Middle Tennessee. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as underdogs. The Hilltoppers endured a 72-53 loss at the hands of the Blue Raiders on Saturday, despite a 14-point effort from Kevin Kaspar at Murphy Center.

Troy Trojans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 4-6
After playing Louisiana-Monroe are 3-5
After a win are 5-5

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing North Texas are 6-4
After playing Middle Tennessee are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Trojans at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Troy's last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Troy is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Troy is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Kentucky
Troy is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 5 games
Western Kentucky is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
Western Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Troy
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games when playing at home against Troy

Next up:
Troy home to Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, February 2
Western Kentucky at North Texas, Thursday, February 7