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Florida Atlantic vs. Western Kentucky - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-5) at Florida Atlantic Owls (7-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (FAU Arena)

The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Florida Atlantic Owls meet Thursday at the FAU Arena.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won five straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, WKU is averaging 70 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 41.8 percent shooting. T.J. Price is averaging 17.5 points and 3.8 assists while George Fant is averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. Chris Harrison-Docks is the third player averaging double-digit points and Trency Jackson is dishing 2.8 assists. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have six players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 66.2 percent from the line and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in six of its last seven games.

Florida Atlantic vs. Western Kentucky - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Atlantic Owls have lost four of their last six games and are still looking for their first conference win. On the season, FAU is averaging 61.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 64.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Solomon Poole is averaging 14.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while Marquan Botley is averaging 11.2 points and 3.5 assists. Jackson Trapp is the third player averaging double-digit points and Kelvin Penn is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls are a defensive team that’s allowing 26.2 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 66 or less points in five of their last six games. Offensively, Florida Atlantic is shooting 66.7 percent from the line and 35.4 percent from deep. FAU is 5-1 SU on its home court.

The Hilltoppers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Owls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

While FAU has been tough to beat on its home court, I'm not sure the Owls have enough offense to hang with Western Kentucky for 40 minutes. Give me the Hilltoppers and the reasonable chalk. 

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -4.5

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