Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-2) at Charlotte 49ers (4-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Dale F. Halton Arena)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +6 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Charlotte 49ers meet in college basketball action from Dale F. Halton Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will look to build on their win over Charlotte on Friday, taking down the 49ers in the first leg of a back-to-back by a final score of 67-63 to improve to 8-2 on the year. Charles Bassey leads the Hilltoppers in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 16.9 PPG as well as 11.4 RPG while followed by Taveion Hollingsworth, who is 2nd on the team in scoring with 14.3 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for WKU heading into this matchup. Josh Anderson isn’t far off from making the duo a trio with 9.5 PPG while Dayvion McKnight leads the Hilltoppers in assists with 3.6 APG to go along with his 6.6 PPG this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 76.4 points on 45.3% shooting from the field, 31.5% from 3-point range and 77.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.1 points on 44.2% shooting from the field and 40.4% from 3-point range this season.
The Charlotte 49ers will try to rebound and get back above .500 after their loss to WKU on Friday. Jahmir Young leads the 49ers in scoring with an average of 19.4 PPG, shooting 47.1% from the field and 37.2% from 3-point range while also sitting 2nd on the team in rebounding with 5.8 RPG this season. Jordan Shepherd and the aforementioned Young are each tied with 2.9 APG this season with Shepherd sitting 2nd on the team in scoring with 12.3 PPD as the only other double-digit scorer for Charlotte heading into this game. Brice Williams is just outside of making that duo a trio with 9.8 PPG while Milos Supica has a team-high 6.4 RPG this season to go along with his 8.5 PPG. As a team, Charlotte is averaging 65.6 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the field, 32.9% from 3-point range and 72% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.4 points on 42.1% shooting from the field and 31.1% from 3-point range this season.
Western Kentucky is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games. Charlotte is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The points with a home dog like Charlotte are usually worth a look, especially when the home team’s had so much success against the number and considering it can be hard to beat the same team twice in as many days. However, Western Kentucky is the better team here and is a lot easier to trust on the offensive end as I’m just not sure that Charlotte can do enough to hold the Hilltoppers down. I’ll lay the points with Western Kentucky in this spot.