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Western Kentucky vs. Florida Atlantic - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Atlantic Owls (2-13) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm (EA Diddle Arena)

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

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Florida Atlantic Owls face off on Saturday in Conference USA college basketball action.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 8-7 this season and have lost their last two games. Western Kentucky is averaging 75.3 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 77.7 points and their opponents are shooting 45.1 percent. Justin Johnson leads WKU averaging 17.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Aaron Cosby is averaging 10.7 points, Fredrick Edmond is averaging 10.3 points, and Nigel Snipes is averaging 10.2 points. Western Kentucky has played some of the best in the nation in Louisville and Xavier but they didn’t have much success against them.

Western Kentucky vs. Florida Atlantic - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Atlantic Owls are 2-13 this season and they have lost their last eight games. FAU is averaging 60.3 points per game and they are shooting 38.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.9 percent. Adonis Filer leads the Owls averaging 9.9 points per game. C.J. Thurman is averaging 9.9 points and 7.0 rebounds, Ronald Delph is averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, and Jackson Trapp is averaging 8.3 points. FAU is 1-8 in road games this season.

Western Kentucky is 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 17-8-1 against the spread following a loss. Florida Atlantic is 7-19 against the spread in their last 26 road games, 1-6 against the spread following a loss, and 7-20 against the spread against Conference USA. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last eight meetings of these two.

This isn’t one of WKU’s stronger teams but they are still the much better team here and at home I am going to lay the big number. 

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -9.5

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