The Golden Panthers and Hilltoppers are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Hilltoppers will host the game at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY. This Conference USA conference matchup has an over/under of 157.5 points, and Western Kentucky is favored to win by -6.5 at home vs. FIU.
FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS VS WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -6.5
This game will be played at E. A. Diddle Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 25th.
WHY BET THE WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Hilltoppers.
- Not only will Western Kentucky pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 157.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Do the Golden Panthers Have a Shot at a Road Win?
FIU will be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road when they take on Western Kentucky. So far this season, the Golden Panthers have gone 0-7 on the road, compared to 6-5 at home.
Overall, FIU has gone 7-12 this season, including a 2-2 record in Conference USA games. The Golden Panthers are currently 0-8 when they are the underdog.
FIU has an ATS record of 9-9 this season, including a 3-4 mark on the road. As the underdog, the Golden Panthers are 4-4 vs. the spread this year and 6-4 in their last 10 games as the underdog. In their last three road games, FIU is 1-2 ATS and they have gone 5-5 vs. the spread in their last 10 road contests.
FIU’s over/under record for the season is 9-9 and today’s line of 157.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (148.4). So far, 15 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 143 points compared to their season average of 149.2 points per game.
In their recent matchup, the FIU offense ended with 69 points against Liberty. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 47.5% and made 9 threes. The top scorer for the Golden Panthers was Javaunte Hawkins with 24 points, while Arturo Dean also chipped in with 13 points.
So far, the Golden Panthers’ defense is ranked 236th in the country at 75.7 points per contest. In their most recent game, the FIU defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Liberty knocked down 16 three-pointers on their way to 78 points.
Can the Hilltoppers Please their Home Crowd?
Western Kentucky is coming off a loss to UTEP, and they are 13-6 on the season. So far, they have gone 2-3 in Conference USA action, and they are 5-2 at home.
For the year, Western Kentucky has gone 6-2 when favored, and they have a scoring differential of +1.1 points per game at home.
When looking at Western Kentucky’s ATS record this season, they are currently 9-7. At home, their ATS mark is just 3-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Hilltoppers have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.
Western Kentucky’s over/under record for the season is 6-10 and today’s line of 157.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (150.2). Their games have finished with more points than today’s line in five of their last 11 contests and the average scoring total in their games this year is 150.9 points. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.
Coming off their recent game, the Western Kentucky offense tallied 87 points in a matchup against UTEP. Their field goal percentage for the game was 61.9%, and they made 4 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Donald McHenry with 18 points. Rodney Howard also added 16 points for the Hilltoppers.
The Hilltoppers’ defense is presently ranked 214th nationally, allowing an average of 74.3 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Western Kentucky’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 26.9% this season.