Old Dominion vs. Western Kentucky - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (11-5) at Old Dominion Monarchs (12-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Ted Constant Center)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -3 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: beIN Sports
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-5 (3-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd, 112-87, this past Saturday. Western Kentucky scored at will against the Marshall defense and had no issues securing the victory after taking a 61-35 halftime lead. Western Kentucky shot 62.5% from field and 50.0% (7-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Darius Thompson who had a triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and a block. On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 79.6 ppg on 50.4% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by Darius Thompson (15.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.6 spg), Taveion Hollingsworth (13.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Justin Johnson (13.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Dwight Coleby (12.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
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The Old Dominion Monarchs won their 7th straight game and improved to 12-3 (3-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the North Texas Mean Green, 63-60, this past Saturday. Old Dominion used an 11-2 run take a 58-48 lead with 5:41 left in regulation and held off a late Mean Green charge to secure the road victory. Old Dominion shot 38.0% from the field and 79.2% (19-24) from the FT-Line in the victory. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Trey Porter who had a double-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 73.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Monarchs are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Old Dominion has been led by B.J. Stith (15.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Ahmad Caver (14.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.9 spg), Trey Porter (12.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg), and Randy Haynes (11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Monarchs have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of 3.9.
The Hilltoppers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Monarchs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Western Kentucky picked up huge victories against Purdue and SMU early in the season and has had a great start to conference play led by their offense that ranks 69th in scoring offense, 17th in FG%, and 29th in 3P-FG%. Old Dominion has a great duo in B.J. Stith and Ahmad Caver and is led by their defense that ranks 11th in scoring defense and 16th in defensive FG%. Old Dominion had to really work for their recent victories against Rice and North Texas, however, the Monarchs are a perfect 6-0 at home this season and as I think the Old Dominion defense will give the Hilltoppers some trouble, I’m taking the Monarchs to cover this small spread.