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Troy Trojans vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Preview

Western Kentucky HilltoppersTroy Trojans
9-5January 04, 2014, 01:00 | Trojan Arena5-8

Trojan Arena will host Troy Trojans vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Trojans sport a record of 5-8 and 5-2 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hilltoppers have 9-5 and 6-6 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-5 for the Trojans and 5-5-1 for the Hilltoppers.

View Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Troy Trojans Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Hilltoppers were listed as -4-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game puts the Trojans, most recently No. 292 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Hilltoppers, who rate No. 117 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 58-56 winner as they battled South Alabama on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. The Hilltoppers grabbed a 58-56 win over the Jaguars on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from T.J. Price at Mitchell Center.

Troy was an 81-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Georgia State. They covered the 16.5-point spread as underdogs. The Trojans got 18 points from Hunter Williams, but it was Georgia State that prevailed in an 81-72 final on Thursday at GSU Sports Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Troy's No. 228-ranked scoring average of 66.46 PPG, against a Hilltoppers defense rated No. 47 and allowing 64.79 PPG. The Trojans FG% has averaged 41.9% to date this season, more than the Hilltoppers shooters have managed so far (40.62% per game).

A few Hilltoppers at Trojans trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Western Kentucky is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Western Kentucky's last 10 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Troy
Troy is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Troy is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Troy is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Western Kentucky
Troy is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Western Kentucky

Next up:
Western Kentucky home to Georgia State, Thursday, January 9th
Troy at Arkansas State, Thursday, January 9th