Planning on watching today’s Hilltoppers and Golden Panthers game? Catch the action at Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, FL, as the Golden Panthers hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. Western Kentucky come into this Conference USA conference matchup as the -3.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 160 points.

WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS VS FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: FIU Golden Panthers +3.5

This game will be played at Ocean Bank Convocation Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Golden Panthers.
  • Not only will FIU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 160 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will Western Kentucky Make it Happen on the Road?

Western Kentucky will look to bounce back from a loss to Louisiana Tech as they take on FIU. The Hilltoppers have gone 19-9 this season, including an 8-6 record in Conference USA.

On the road, Western Kentucky has gone 7-5 this season, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games away from home. Over their last three road games, they have gone 2-1.

As the favorite this season, Western Kentucky has gone 8-7 against the spread. On the road, the Hilltoppers have an ATS mark of 8-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last three road games, Western Kentucky has an ATS record of 2-1.

Today’s over/under line of 160 is higher than the average over/under line in Western Kentucky’s games this season (150.8). So far, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 150 points.

The Western Kentucky offense is coming off a game where they scored 84 points against Louisiana Tech. They posted a field goal percentage of 43.5% and connected on 12 threes. The team’s top scorer is Donald McHenry, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.8, while Brandon Newman also maintains a PPG average of 10.3 leading up to the game.

The Hilltoppers’ defense is presently ranked 235th nationally, allowing an average of 74.4 points per contest. In today’s game vs. FIU, the Western Kentucky defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Western Kentucky made 18 free-throws vs. the Hilltoppers.

Can FIU Grab a Win at Home?

FIU will be looking to snap their 11-game losing streak on the road, as they are 0-11 away from home this season. The Golden Panthers are 8-8 at home, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

So far this season, FIU has been the underdog in 16 of their 28 games, and they have gone just 2-14 in those contests. Overall, they are 9-19 on the year, and they are coming off a 77-75 loss to Jacksonville State.

As the underdog this season, FIU has a 7-9 record vs. the spread. Their home ATS mark is 8-8, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 4-6.

On the season, the over/under record for FIU games is 14-12-1 with an average over/under line of 147. So far, 23 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line of 160. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 147 points.

In their latest game, FIU offense put up 75 points against Jacksonville State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 51% and made 7 threes. In terms of offense, the Golden Panthers have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 299th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 304th in percentage and 91st in three-pointers made.

Facing Western Kentucky, FIU aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 76.3 points allowed per game (277th). Against Jacksonville State in their most recent game, the FIU defense gave up a total of 77 points while allowing Jacksonville State to hit 51% of their shots.