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Marshall vs. Western Kentucky - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-5) at Marshall Thundering Herd (4-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Cam Henderson Center)

The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -3 -- Over/Under: 161 See the Latest Odds

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The Marshall Thundering Herd and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off on Sunday in college basketball action.

The Marshall Thundering Herd are 4-9 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Marshall is averaging 77.3 points and they are shooting 42.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 83.5 points and their opponents are shooting 47.2 percent. James Kelly leads the Thundering Herd averaging 17.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Ryan Taylor is averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, Stevie Browning is averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Austin Loop is averaging 11.1 points. Marshall looks like they might be in for a tough season.

Marshall vs. Western Kentucky - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 8-5 this season and they have won four of their last five games. WKU is averaging 75.5 points and they are shooting 46.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 76.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. Justin Johnson leads the Hilltoppers averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Nigel Snipes is averaging 11.4 points, Aaron Crosby is averaging 11.2 points, and Fredrick Edmond is averaging 11.1 points. Western Kentucky is 0-3 in road games this season.

Marshall is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games, 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 bowl games, and 2-8 against the spread following a loss. Western Kentucky is 4-1 against the spread against Conference USA, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games. The home team has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

Marshall has the worse record but they are favored here and I look for them to get the cover at home. 

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Marshall Thundering Herd -3

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