Washington Huskies vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-1) at Washington Huskies (3-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)
The Line: Washington Huskies -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to advance in the Global Sports Classic when they take on the Washington Huskies in Las Vegas on Friday night.
The WKU Hilltoppers look to build on a pretty good 3-1 start to the season. Western Kentucky played well in their last outing, a 77-56 victory over N.C. Central A&T. Que Johnson led the Hilltoppers with 18 points on 5 of 9 from the floor with a trio of 3-pointers as part of a group of 4 WKU players to log double digits in the scoring column in the win. Justin Johnson logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds including a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. Ben Lawson and Pancake Thomas each put up 13 points on the night, while Lawson stood out by pulling down 7 rebounds in the process. The aforementioned Que Johnson leads WKU with 15.5 points per game, while Justin Johnson is pulling down an average 9 rebounds per game and Junior Lomomba is leading the team with 4.3 assists per game. As a team, WKU is scoring 74.8 points per game on 45.6% from the field, while holding the 29th-best mark from 3-point range at 41.8% and the 23rd-best free throw percentage at 78.9% on the season.
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The Washington Huskies look to continue their winning streak which was extended to 3 games after a 94-88 victory over Long Beach State. The 49ers actually outshot the Huskies, but committed 23 turnovers to Washington’s 10, which ultimately sealed their fate. David Crisp poured in a team-high 26 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and 8 of 10 from the foul line. Noah Dickerson and team leading scorer Markelle Fultz also put in 20+ on the night, as Dickerson scored 23 on 8 of 11 to go along with 7 of 8 from the charity stripe while Fultz registered 21 points with a 3-pointer on 9 of 18 from the field. Outside of those 3, no other Husky put up double digits on the night. As we mentioned before, Markelle Fultz leads Washington with 25.5 points per game, tied for 6th-best in D-I, but he also leads the Huskies with 6.5 points per game and would be leading in rebounds too if Noah Dickerson wasn’t putting up a team-high 5.8 boards per game. As a team, Washington is racking up 95 points per game, the 9th-best total in the country, on 54.2% from the field, the 6th best percentage from the field. The Huskies are also knocking down 40% of their 3-pointers and 70.5% of their attempts from the foul line.
Western Kentucky is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 37-16 ATS in their last 53 neutral site games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 non-conference games. Washington is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games while the over is 23-7 in their last 30 games overall.
Anything can happen at a neutral site, however I’m not sold on the Hilltoppers based on their schedule so far. Of the two teams, Washington is somewhat more battle tested and has the much deeper lineup here. With the game being on the west coast, I feel more comfortable laying the points with the Huskies, so that’s where I will be going.
Lay the points with Washington.