Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (14-6) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (6-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to avoid the upset bid of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers were on a roll heading in to their first place battle with Louisiana Tech, but nothing went as planned with a nine game winning streak ending with a thud in Thursday's 69-56 loss. The offense had been racking up the points but a 23 point first half was a sign of what was to come. WKY sank shots at 41% including 7-22 from distance while giving the ball away 16 times. The Bulldogs took full advantage with nearly 47% accuracy and nine more attempts to make seven more baskets. TJ Price gave the Hilltoppers 17 points and ten rebounds but turned the ball over seven times. George Fant was next in line with 15 points while DJ Clayton rounded out the top contributors with ten points and five yanks.
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have been struggling to find some offense and have found wins to be far and few between. Scoring 60 points has proven to be difficult and that didn't happen in Thursday's 69-54 loss to visiting Marshall that dropped the Golden Eagles to 1-11 in their last 12 times out. The Thundering Herd were up ten at the half behind 47% accuracy and an 11-27 performance from beyond the arc. Southern Miss mustered 36.5% shooting but struggled from long range with a 2-17 mark which couldn't keep them competitive. Matt Bingaya paced three double digit scorers with 19 points and seven booards on 6-15 from the floor followed by a 16 point effort from Chip Armelin. Norville Carey provided some beef inside with eleven points and ten rebounds but just eight points came from the rest of the team.
The Hilltoppers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. WKY are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Golden Eagles are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a double-digit loss at home and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Southern Miss are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. I know Western Kentucky just got pasted but they are the better team who can't afford another loss...