Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Old Dominion Monarchs - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Old Dominion Monarchs (14-11) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (12-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (EA Diddle Arena)
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Old Dominion Monarchs shoot for a road win at the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Thursday.
The Old Dominion Monarchs have a real opportunity to crack the top four of the CUSA with a strong finish to the regular season. The Monarchs seemed to be well on their way with wins in five of six before falling to Rice 75-65 as a 12.5 point home favorite on Saturday. The Owls were up nine at the half and traded baskets the rest of the way behind 47% marksmanship and a 30-10 advantage at the foul line to overcome the Monarchs 34.7% accuracy which negated 29 more looks at the basket. Trey Freeman gave ODU a game high 27 points on 11-28 shooting with Aaron Bacote scoring 13. Jordan Baker chipped in with eight points while Brandan Smith added six points and 16 rebounds.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers seem to always be a factor in conference play but something has been amiss this season with a 12-13 record that is just below the middle of the standings. The Hilltoppers have dropped back to back overtime contests after a 96-93 defeat to visiting Marshall as a 1.5 point home dog. The better shooting squad prevailed with the Thundering Herd burning the nets at 52% with WKU countering with 45.5% accuracy. A 13-2 advantage in long balls was crucial for Marshall and was decisive. Fredrick Edmond poured in a contest high 25 points and seven boards with Justin Johnson adding 19 points and eleven rebounds. Aaron Cosby scored 13 points with six pulls and five assists while Aleksej Rostov and Ben Lawson combined for 21 points.
The under is 7-2 in ODU last 9 Thursday games and the Monarchs are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the over is 9-4-2 in their last 15 overall. The under is 7-3-1 in Western Kentucky last 11 Thursday games. Good luck on this one with neither team being dependable…