Western Kentucky vs. Wright State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wright State Raiders (4-3) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm (E.A. Diddle Arena)
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: HSSN; Fox College Sports - Central
The Wright State Raiders will travel to E.A. Diddle Arena to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Wright State Raiders won their 4th straight game and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags, 57-56, this past Sunday. Wright State held a 53-40 lead with just 8:45 remaining and barley held on for the victory after Fairfield missed a game-winning attempt as time expired. Wright State shot 43.4% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Raiders was Justin Mitchell who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Wright State is averaging 67.6 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 4.9 three-pointers per game on 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Wright State has been led by Grant Benzinger (13.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), Justin Mitchell (11.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.3 spg), Everett Winchester (10.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Mark Hughes (10.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, Wright State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.9 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won the 3rd consecutive game and improved to 5-2 on the season after defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 83-51, this past Wednesday. Western Kentucky dominated this game from start to finish and had no trouble pulling away from the Colonels after a Hilltoppers 13-0 run gave Western Kentucky a 20-6 lead midway through the 1st half. Western Kentucky shot 56.7% from the field and 55.6% (10-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Darius Thompson who had 11 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 77.7 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 41.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Western Kentucky has been led by Darius Thompson (13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Lamonte Bearden (12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.4 spg), Dwight Coleby (12.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg), and Taveion Hollingsworth (11.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.9 apg). Defensively, Western Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 4.3.
The Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-6 ATSA in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Wright State has struggled scoring the basketball as they rank just 307th in scoring offense, however, the Raiders have been outstanding on the defensive end as they rank 29th in scoring defense and are holding their opponents to an average of just 49.0 ppg during their 4-game winning streak. Western Kentucky looked impressive during the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament as they gave Villanova a good game and had excellent victories over Purdue and SMU. Western Kentucky is a balanced team that has been above average on both the offense and defense ends and as I think Wright State will struggle to score the ball in this one, I’m taking Western Kentucky to cover this double-digit home spread.