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Western Kentucky vs. Charlotte - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte 49ers (6-7) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (EA Diddle Arena)

The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The Charlotte 49ers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers play Thursday at the E. A. Diddle Arena.

The Charlotte 49ers have lost five of their last seven games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Charlotte is averaging 73.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and is allowing 74.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Braxton Ogbueze is averaging 11.9 points on 41.4 percent shooting and Torin Dorn is averaging 11.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. Pierria Henry is the third player averaging double-digit points and Mike Thorne Jr. is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Charlotte 49ers continue to struggle defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 35.2 percent from deep and have allowed 78 or more points in four of their last seven games. Offensively, Charlotte is shooting 61.1 percent from the free throw line and 36.1 percent from deep.

Western Kentucky vs. Charlotte - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won five of their last six games and look for their second conference win. On the season, WKU is averaging 69.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting. T.J. Price is averaging 17.5 points and four assists while George Fant is averaging 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Chris Harrison-Docks is the third player averaging double-digit points and Trency Jackson is dishing out 2.7 assists. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have six players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 37.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Western Kentucky is forcing 12.5 turnovers and has allowed 62 or less points in six of its last nine games.

The 49ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Conference USA. The Hilltoppers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games. 

The Charlotte 49ers are an underacheiving team that could soon lose their head coach due to the drastic struggles. Meanwhile, Western Kentucky has found its groove a bit and has done a nice job of covering at home. Give me the Hilltoppers and the reasonable chalk. 

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -4

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