Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Wildcats and Hilltoppers. The game is starting at 3:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY. Get ready to place your bets! This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 153.5 points, and the Hilltoppers are favored to win at home vs. the Wildcats.

ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS VS WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -5

This game will be played at E. A. Diddle Arena at 3:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Hilltoppers.
  • Not only will Western Kentucky pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Wildcats Exceed Expectations on the Road?

Abilene Christian comes into their 13th game of the season with a 5-7 overall record. In their previous ten road games, including last year, Abilene Christian went 3-7. As of today’s game, Abilene Christian has a 5-5 record against the spread. On the road, the Wildcats are 4-2 ATS, while at home they are 1-3 vs. the spread.

So far, Abilene Christian’s games have averaged 146.6 points per game with the average over/under line being 142.6 points. The Wildcats have an over/under record of 2-0 in their last three games, with their games averaging 171 points per game.

In their previous game, the Wildcats’ offense finished with 73 points, which is right in line with their current average of 75.8 points per contest. Ali Abdou Dibba is leading the team in scoring at 14.2 points per contest. Airion Simmons has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.6 going into the game.

At present, the Wildcats’ defense is nationally ranked 210th, allowing 75.2 points per game. In today’s game vs. Western Kentucky, the Abilene Christian defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Abilene Christian made 22 free-throws vs. the Wildcats.

Is It the Hilltoppers Game to Lose at Home?

So far this season, Western Kentucky has played 13 games and currently holds a 10-3 overall record. They have a 5-1 record in away games and are 2-2 at home. Western Kentucky enters the game with an ATS record of 6-4, which is above .500. Within that record, the team has gone 5-1 vs. the spread on the road and 1-3 at home.

In 13 games, Western Kentucky comes in with an over/under mark of 3-7-0, with their games averaging 148.4 points per game. The Hilltoppers have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 148 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Western Kentucky offense tallied 73 points in a matchup against California Baptist. Their field goal percentage for the game was 41.3%, and they made 8 threes. Dontaie Allen led the scoring for the Hilltoppers, contributing 17 points. Additionally, Donald McHenry chipped in with 14 points.

On the defensive side, Western Kentucky is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 72.8 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.7 threes per game vs. Abilene Christian. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 22.1%.