Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Hilltoppers versus the Bulldogs? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 150.5 points, and Louisiana Tech is favored by -9.5 to win at home against Western Kentucky.
WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS VS LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +9.5
This game will be played at Thomas Assembly Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, February 7th.
WHY BET THE WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
- Even though we have Louisiana Tech winning straight-up, we like Western Kentucky at +9.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 150.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Can Western Kentucky Lock in a Road Win?
Western Kentucky heads into tonight’s game as a 9.5-point underdog, and the Hilltoppers have gone 4-4 as the underdog this season. They are 15-7 overall and 5-4 on the road, where they have an average scoring margin of +1.9 points per game.
After defeating Middle Tennessee 88-65 in their last game, Western Kentucky comes into tonight’s matchup with a 5-5 record in their last 10 road games. Over their last three road games, they have gone 0-3.
As the underdog this season, Western Kentucky has gone 5-3 vs. the spread. On the road, the Hilltoppers have an ATS mark of 6-3 this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Western Kentucky is 5-5 vs. the spread.
This season, Western Kentucky’s over/under record is 8-11 and the average point total in their games is 153.7. Today’s over/under line of 150.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (150.8). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 168 points compared to their season average of 153.7 points per game.
Western Kentucky recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 88 points against Middle Tennessee. This output exceeded their season average of 80.7 points per game. Donald McHenry is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 15.4 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Brandon Newman brings a PPG average of 10.1 into the game.
Coming into today’s game, the Western Kentucky defense is giving up an average of 74.8 points per contest. So far, the Western Kentucky defense is giving up an average of 8.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.8 times per game (690th).
Will Louisiana Tech Win at Home?
With a record of 8-0 at home this season, Louisiana Tech has been dominant on their home floor, and they will look to continue their success when they take on Western Kentucky. Over their last 10 games at home, the Bulldogs have gone a perfect 10-0.
Overall, Louisiana Tech has won six straight games, and they are 16-6 on the season. They have been favored in 14 of their 22 games, and they are 12-2 in those contests. On the year, they have an average scoring margin of +13.5 points per game at home.
As the favorite this season, Louisiana Tech is 10-4 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 13-6. At home, the Bulldogs have gone 6-2 vs. the spread and they are 3-0 ATS in their last three home games.
Today’s over/under line of 150.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Louisiana Tech’s games this season (137.7). So far, 15 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2.
Louisiana Tech finished with 93 points in their game against FIU. This total surpasses their season-average of 76.2 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Isaiah Crawford, who is averaging 15.8 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Daniel Batcho also maintains a PPG average of 14.9 heading into game.
At this time, the Bulldogs’ defense is positioned 10th in the country, permitting 62.7 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.6 threes per game vs. Western Kentucky. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 27.4%.