North Texas Mean Green (10-4) vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-6)
January 15, 2022 4:00 pm EDT
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -1 / North Texas Mean Green +1; Over/Under: -128.5
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The North Texas Mean Green and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet in college basketball action from the E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The North Texas Mean Green will look to build off of a 69-65 win over Marshall on the road last time out. Tylor Perry leads the Mean Green in scoring and assists with 14.9 PPG and 2.5 APG while Thomas Bell has 11.3 PPG with a team-high 6.9 RPG to lead the Mean Green on the glass and make up the other half of the pair of double-digit scorers for North Texas so far this season. Mardrez McBride has 9.9 PPG with 3.4 RPG and Abou Ousmane has 9.4 PPG with 5.6 RPG this season. As a team, North Texas is averaging 66.9 PPG on 43.2% shooting from the field, 33.8% from three and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing 56.5 PPG on 41.6% shooting from the field and 27.7% from three this season.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will try to build on their 80-66 win over Rice in their last game. Jairus Hamilton leads the Hilltoppers in scoring with 14.7 PPG along with 6.3 RPG while Dayvion McKnight has 13.8 PPG with 6.4 RPG and a team-high 6.6 APG. Camron Justice has 13.9 PPG with 3.1 APG and Josh Anderson has 12.7 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for WKU this season. Luke Frampton has 8.9 PPG and Jamarion Sharp also has a team-high 7.5 RPG for the Hilltoppers this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 77.5 PPG on 47.3% shooting from the field, 34.6% from three and 71.4% from the foul line while allowing 68.4 PPG on 40% shooting from three and 32.1% from the foul line this season.
North Texas is 10-1-2 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Western Kentucky is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games.
I get the case to be made either way here, as Western Kentucky’s been solid at home this season and North Texas is strong defensively. With that said, the Mean Green have been a road warrior going back some time now, and I think it’s fishy that a 9-1 WKU team is in a near pick ‘em spot against North Texas. I’ll side with the defense to rule the day here and for North Texas to get the win and cover.