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Western Kentucky vs. Florida International - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida International Golden Panthers (7-7) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm (EA Diddle Arena)

The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The Florida Intl Golden Panthers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers square off Thursday at the E. A. Diddle Arena.

The Florida Intl Golden Panthers need a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers are averaging 71.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Adrian Diaz is averaging 15.7 points and 9.5 rebounds while Donte McGill is averaging 15.3 points and 1.1 assists. Daviyon Draper is the third double-digit scorer and Kimar Williams is dishing 3.3 assists. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 61.4 percent from the free throw line. FIU is allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 9.3 turnovers per game. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

Western Kentucky vs. Florida International - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are averaging 75.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 77.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Justin Johnson is averaging 17 points and 8.2 rebounds while Aaron Cosby is averaging 11.1 points and two assists. Fredrick Edmond is dishing 1.7 assists and Nigel Snipes is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. WKU is allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 10.1 turnovers per game. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won nine straight home games.

The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Golden Panthers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

FIU is a team that actually does well at covering the spread, but the Panthers are also a team that doesn't perform well out of South Florida overall. WKU is starting to play consistent ball and has too much offense for Florida International to keep up with. I like the Hilltoppers by double digits.

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -8.5

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