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Charlotte vs. Western Kentucky - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-6) at Charlotte 49ers (3-8)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +9 -- Over/Under: 133
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Charlotte 49ers meet in Conference USA college basketball action from the Dale F. Halton Arena on Thursday night.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 83-76 win over Wisconsin in their last outing. Taveion Hollingsworth led the HIlltoppers with 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 6 assists while Charles Bassey added 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting with a perfect 5 of 5 mark from the foul line along with 4 blocks. Jared Savage added 16 points and Josh Anderson added 15 points with a pair of steals with both shooting 6 of 12 from the floor to round out the scoring in double figures in the winning effort for the Hilltoppers. Dalano Banton added 8 points with team-highs of 13 rebounds and 10 assists as well for Western Kentucky in the victory. Hollingsworth leads Western Kentucky with an average of 15.9 points and 2.9 assists per game while Bassey leads the Hilltoppers in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 73.5 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the 3-point line and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

The Charlotte 49ers will be out to snap a 3-game losing skid after a 68-53 loss to Colorado in their last outing. Jon Davis led the 49ers with 25 points on 7 of 15 shooting with a 10 of 11 mark from the foul line while Milos Supica added 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting as the only other Charlotte player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Brandon Younger added 5 points to match his team-high 5 rebounds and a pair of blocks in the loss. Davis leads Charlotte with an average of 19.7 points and 3.9 assists per game while Supica leads the 49ers in rebounding with 5.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Charlotte is averaging 58 points per game on 40.1% shooting from the field, 26.7% from behind the arc and 77.8% from the foul line this season.

Western Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Charlotte is 19-41 ATS in their last 60 games overall and 10-27 ATS in their last 37 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

You could make a case for Charlotte and the points given the success the home team has had and how the Hilltoppers could be in for a letdown after a big win such as the one over Wisconsin. However, it’s hard to trust a team to cover when you have to question night in and night out if they’re going to hit 60 points, which sometimes even isn’t enough to prevent a blowout. Western Kentucky has lost both of their road games as a favorite outright this season to Missouri State and Indiana State, but I simply don’t have any faith in Charlotte whatsoever, so I’ll lay the points with Western Kentucky in this spot.

Western Kentucky -9

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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