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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/30/14

Texas-Arlington Mavericks (9-10) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (13-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (EA Diddle Arena)

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

TV: ESPN Game Plan

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers host the Texas-Arlington Mavericks with second in the Sun Belt at stake.

Texas-Arlington is all about putting the ball in the basket and are well armed for scoring at nearly 77 points per contest which matches what the defense gives up so scoring is a necessity. The defense has shown some signs of improving during a three game winning streak following a 73-65 decision over visiting South Alabama. The Mavericks took an eight point lead in to the locker room behind 47% accuracy which negated 13 more looks by the 35.5% shooting Jaguars. Reger Dowell tossed in a contest best 21 points including 4-9 on threes with Lonnie McClanahan next in line with 14 while Brandon Edwards posted 17 points and totaled eleven boards.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/30/14

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Although the numbers tell us that Western Kentucky is a defense first squad, the Hilltoppers will put the ball in the basket when the opportunity presents itself. That was the case in a 79-70 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette as they overcame a slow start with big offense. The Hilltoppers sank shots at 49% including a near perfect 24-27 at the charity stripe to easily outdistance the Ragin' Cajuns 38% accuracy. George Fant was the offensive star with 25 points and six boards with Chris Harrison-Docks and Trency Jackson dropping 18 and 17 points while TJ Price chipped in with nine. Production greatly diminshed after the top 3-4 players.

I think the number is about right and if the Hilltoppers play well this will a rout. Much of what happens here depends on which Texas-Arlington shows up because they have played some superior competition well although that's guessing...

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