The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (2-1) will be at home in McBrayer Arena when they meet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-0). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15, 2019.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Eastern Kentucky Colonels ATS Preview
The Hilltoppers won big over the Austin Peay Governors in their last contest, 97-75. With 21 points and seven rebounds, Western Kentucky’s Taveion Hollingsworth played well. Western Kentucky played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.520 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.710. For those same stats, Austin Peay recorded marks of 0.250 and 0.426, respectively.
The last time the Colonels were in action, they blew out the Ohio Chillicothe Hilltoppers, 129-43. Eastern Kentucky was led by Michael Moreno, who contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds. Eastern Kentucky played a perfect game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.5 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 56.1. For those same stats, Ohio Chillicothe was 42.6 and 21.9, respectively.
This contest should be a battle of opposite paces. Eastern Kentucky ranks first in possessions per game (80.9) while Western Kentucky is 187th (69.1) dating back to the 2018-19 season. It could also be a mistake-prone game for the Hilltoppers’ offense, which ranks 275th in ball security (turnover percentage of 20.0 percent). They’ll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Colonels, which has forced the 14th-most turnovers in the nation (23.5 percent).
Western Kentucky vs. Eastern Kentucky Free Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Eastern Kentucky, ATS Winner – Eastern Kentucky, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Colonels rank 63rd in assists per game (14.8) while the Hilltoppers rank 227th (12.4).
Western Kentucky averages 6.9 steals per game, which ranks 86th in the NCAA. Eastern Kentucky ranks 214th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
Eastern Kentucky ranks 26th in three pointers attempted per game (27.2) while Western Kentucky ranks 300th (17.9).
The Hilltoppers rank 106th in rebounds per game (36.8) while the Colonels rank 309th in rebounds allowed per game (41.2).
Western Kentucky averages 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks 10th in the country. Eastern Kentucky ranks 179th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).