Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (19-10) at Old Dominion Monarchs (23-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Ted Constant Center)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: American Network
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Saturday evening in College Basketball action.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers improved to 19-10 (12-5 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 88-84 (OT), this past Thursday. Western Kentucky shot 46.6% from the field and 58.3% (7-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was George Fant who had 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Western Kentucky is ranked 103rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 155th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hilltoppers have been led by T.J. Price (17.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.9 apg) and George Fant (13.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 apg). Western Kentucky is averaging 72.6 ppg (ranked 57th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 167th). The Hilltoppers average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 41st) on 36.0% three-point shooting (ranked 97th). Western Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg (ranked 208th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 134th). The Hilltoppers pull down 37.57 total rpg (ranked 40th) and are holding opponents to 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 98th).
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The Old Dominion Monarchs improved to 23-6 (12-5 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd, 67-50, this past Thursday. Old Dominion shot 48.3% from the field and 31.3% (5-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Trey Freeman who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Old Dominion is ranked 46th in the RPI Standings and has played the 153rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Monarchs have been led by Trey Freeman (16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Aaron Bacote (10.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apg). Old Dominion is averaging 65.4 ppg (ranked 221st) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 186th). The Monarchs average just 10.8 turnovers per game (ranked 30th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22 (ranked 56th). Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 57.0 ppg (ranked 12th) on 40.1% shooting (ranked 62nd). The Monarchs average 6.0 spg (ranked 194th) and have a rebound margin of 5.6 (ranked 28th).
The Hilltoppers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Monarchs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Western Kentucky has recovered from their 4 game losing streak by reeling off three straight wins in which they've averaged 78.6 ppg. Old Dominion has won 5 straight games including an impressive 72-53 over conference leader Louisiana Tech on Feb, 21st. This game is all about how the strong Hilltoppers offensive can handle the dominate Monarch defensive. In the first match-up of the season, a 72-65 Western Kentucky win, the Hilltoppers found success getting to the FT-line as they shot 77.4% on 24-31 shooting in the victory. Western Kentucky has played well as of late, however, I think the guard play of Old Dominion will have more success against the Hilltoppers weak defensive, and the Monarchs will have a better job containing Western Kentucky's offensive at home. I think Old Dominion wins this one by around double-digits. Take Old-Dominion to cover.