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Western Kentucky Samford Betting Preview

Samford BulldogsWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
1-4November 23, 2013, 08:00 | EA Diddle Arena2-1

Samford travels to Western Kentucky on Saturday, hoping to boost its 1-4 record with a victory over the Hilltoppers.

The Bulldogs will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 0-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Hilltoppers are 1-1 ATS. Samford is 2-1 against the total, while Western Kentucky is 0-2 versus the number.

View Samford Bulldogs vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 42-ranked Hilltoppers and the No. 247-rated Bulldogs in this matchup.

In their last action, Samford was an 89-75 loser on the road against East Tennessee State. The Bulldogs endured an 89-75 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers on Thursday, despite a 21-point effort from Tim Williams at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 73-58 winner as they battled UNC Wilmington at home. They covered in the match as an 8-point favorite. The Hilltoppers grabbed a 73-58 win over the Seahawks on Thursday, behind a 16-point effort from George Fant at EA Diddle Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Kentucky's No. 250-ranked scoring average of 59.67 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 248 and allowing 86 PPG. The Hilltoppers FG% has averaged 35.67% to date this season, less than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (39.02% per game).

A few Bulldogs at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Samford is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Samford is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Western Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Samford at Stephen F. Austin, Tuesday, November 26th
Western Kentucky at Marshall, Tuesday, November 26th