The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and North Texas Mean Green meet Saturday in college basketball action at The Super Pit. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are averaging 73.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Dayvion McKnight is averaging 17 points and 5.1 rebounds, while Emmanuel Akot is averaging 10.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jairus Hamilton is the third double-digit scorer and Luke Frampton is dishing 1.7 assists. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game.
The North Texas Mean Green are averaging 63.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 56.1 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Tylor Perry is averaging 16.9 points and 3.2 rebounds, while Kai Huntsberry is averaging 12.1 points and 3 assists. Abou Ousmane is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Scott is dishing 1.1 assists. The North Texas Mean Green are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The North Texas Mean Green are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.2 rebounds per game.
The Hilltoppers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Mean Green are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 9-3 in Hilltoppers last 12 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Mean Green last 5 home games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The North Texas Mean Green are the clear better team and should be favored, but WKU isn't a pushover. Western Kentucky loses on the road by an average of 2.8 points and in the underdog role by an average of 4.5 points. The Hilltoppers don't win a lot, but they hold their own in most games. Give me the points.