Expect a high-scoring game when the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (14-7, 7-2 CUSA) and the FIU Panthers (14-8, 5-4 CUSA) go head-to-head at Ocean Bank Convocation Center. Action starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. FIU Panthers Odds Preview
In the Hilltoppers’ last outing, they lost to the Florida Atlantic Owls, 69-65. Western Kentucky’s Jared Savage had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the game. Florida Atlantic had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 29.3). Western Kentucky, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (13-16; 81.3 percent).
The Panthers are trying to rebound after their 84-74 loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd in their last matchup. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Osasumwen Osaghae had a solid performance for FIU. Marshall had a turnover percentage of 13.9 (better than their season average of 18.2). FIU, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.9 (above their season average of 27.3).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, FIU figures to have a significant advantage. The sharp-shooting Panthers offense ranks 42nd in the NCAA in that metric at 0.536, while the Western Kentucky defense is ranked 197th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.492).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year. The Panthers won the lone contest played against each other last season, 77-76. The Panthers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.429 and a turnover percentage of 16.0. For those same stats, the Hilltoppers recorded marks of 0.236 and 21.5, respectively.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at FIU Panthers Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – FIU, ATS Winner – FIU, O/U – Over
The Hilltoppers rank 177th in rebounds allowed per game (35.9) while the Panthers rank 283rd (40.7).
FIU averages 6.9 blocks per game, which is ranked first in the nation. Western Kentucky ranks 48th in blocks allowed per game (2.8).
FIU ranks 30th in assists per game (15.5) while Western Kentucky ranks 232nd (11.3).
The Panthers average 26.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 31st in the country. The Hilltoppers rank 204th in three pointers allowed per game (23.7).
Western Kentucky ranks 42nd in steals allowed per game (5.4) while FIU ranks 183rd (7.5).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 5.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hilltoppers have scored an average of 74.2 points per game (2.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.0 points per game (2.0 below their season average).