The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-17, 3-8 CUSA) will travel to E.A. Diddle Arena to meet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (15-8, 8-3 CUSA) in their home finale. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Preview
The last time the Golden Eagles played, they fell to the Marshall Thundering Herd, 72-58. With 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting, Leonard Harper-Baker led Southern Miss in scoring. Marshall had a turnover percentage of 10.8 (better than their season average of 18.0). Southern Miss, meanwhile, did an excellent job of making free throws (6-7; 85.7 percent).
The Hilltoppers hope to keep it rolling after defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in their last matchup, 65-54. Western Kentucky was led by Carson Williams, who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Western Kentucky played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.422 (above their season average of 0.297) and a turnover percentage of 16.6 (worse than their season average of 16.6). For those same stats, Louisiana Tech put up marks of 0.036 and 20.9, respectively.
The physical Western Kentucky offense might be getting to the foul line a lot in this meeting. The Hilltoppers currently rank eighth in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.301, while Southern Miss ranks 283rd in FTA rate allowed (0.262).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Hilltoppers won all three matchups played against each other last season. In the most recent matchup, Western Kentucky won 70-59. The Hilltoppers played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.471 and a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 45.7. For those same stats, the Golden Eagles put up marks of 0.109 and 22.2, respectively.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Western Kentucky, ATS Winner – Western Kentucky, O/U – Over
Western Kentucky ranks 45th in blocks per game (4.3) while Southern Miss ranks 163rd (2.5).
The Hilltoppers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 5.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Eagles have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.0 points per game (3.4 below their season average).