FIU vs. Western Kentucky - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (19-10) at Florida International Panthers (18-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Ocean Bank Convocation Center)
The Line: FIU Panthers -1 -- Over/Under: 148.5
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the FIU Panthers meet in C-USA college hoops from the Ocean Bank Convocation Center on Saturday evening.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will try to take sole possession of the #2 seed in the C-USA standings, sitting in a tie at 12-5 in conference play after a 78-72 loss to North Texas last time out. Taveion Hollingstorth leads WKU in scoring and assists with 16.4 PPG and 2.7 APG while Carson Williams has 13.9 PPG and Jared Savage has 11.7 PPG with a team-high 7.2 RPG this season. Josh Anderson also has 10.1 PPG for WKU this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 76.1 points on 45.4% shooting from the field, 33.7% from 3-point range and 78.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.6 points on 44.1% shooting from the field and 29.8% from 3-point range this season. Western Kentucky is 5-6 straight up and 6-5 against the spread on the road this season.
The FIU Panthers will look to rebound after falling to 9-8 in conference play with a 76-73 loss to Louisiana Tech last time out. Devon Andrews leads FIU in scoring with 15.5 PPG while Osasumwen Osaghae has 12.9 PPG and a team-high 8.2 RPG this season. Trejon Jacob has 11 PPG and Antonio Daye Jr. leads FIU in assists with 4.8 APG to go along with his 10.4 PPG this season. As a team, FIU is averaging 76.2 points on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range and 64.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.7 points on 41.8% shooting from the field and 28.3% from 3-point range this season. FIU is 11-2 straight up and 6-4 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog and the road team are both 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get the Panthers being favored at home where they’re scoring well over 80 points per game this season. However, Western Kentucky has been the stronger team not only just during conference play, but in their last 5 games as well, scoring 76.2 PPG while FIU is mustering up just 64.6 PPG of their own this season. I just think we’re getting a free point with the better team, so I’ll take it and back Western Kentucky here.