Texas State Bobcats vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/27/14
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (18-9) at Texas State Bobcats (8-19)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Strahan Coliseum)
The Line: Texas State Bobcats +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head to Strahan Coliseum to tangle with Sun Belt rival Texas State.
With just four games left to be played in the regular season, second place Western Kentucky won't be catching Georgia State but could fall in the standings with only a one game lead over Arkansas State. That means a slip up is a very bad thing but the Hilltoppers didn't have to worry about sliping up versus Louisiana-Monroe with a 15 point lead at the break leading to a 72-63 victory on Saturday night. WKY was outshot 43%-39% but forced a few more turnovers and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to to post nine more looks which turned in to more field goals. The Hilltoppers received a game high 25 points from Trency Jackson with Chris Harrison-Docks and George Fant tossing in 15 and nine points with Fant snaring seven boards.
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Make no mistake that Texas State will finish in the bottom half of the Sun Belt standings but their record doesn't really indicate how competitive the Bobcats have been at times. If this team could score we might be hearing more about them but a 70 point game is an offensive explosion for the Bobcats who lost for the fourth time in five games following a 73-68 defeat at Arkansas State Saturday. Texas State shot the ball well enough at 48% but the Red Wolves were better at 52% with seven more free throws making the difference. Joel Wright gave the Bobcats 19 points and six pulls with Phil Hawkins tossing in 18 followed by a nine point effort from Wesley Davis.
Western Kentucky is far from unbeatable away from home but when looking at the numbers each team has produced and the spread, something stinks to high heaven. I'd certainly check for injuries or something before betting this because it doesn't look right...