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Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Thomas Assembly Center
Ruston, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: Louisiana Tech -3 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers could use a win here after splitting their last six games. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are averaging 72.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 71.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Taveion Hollingsworth is averaging 15.8 points and 2.5 assists while Charles Bassey is averaging 14.2 points and 9.4 rebounds. Jared Savage is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Anderson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have split their last six road games.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs also need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 72.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting. DaQuan Bracey is averaging 13.4 points and 4.1 assists while Anthony Duruji is averaging 12.4 points and 5.5 rebounds. Exavian Christon is the third double-digit scorer and Amorie Archibald is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won all 11 home games this season.

The Hilltoppers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 7-1 in Bulldogs last 8 overall. The under is 5-0 in Hilltoppers last 5 overall.

The home team has won each of the last seven games between WKU and Louisiana Tech, and the Bulldogs have consistently been one of the top home teams in the country the last few years. While inconsistent on the season, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are winning their home games by an average of 11.2 points this season. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have shown the ability to win on the road and have seven road covers this season, but I need more points if I'm going to fade Louisiana Tech at home. I'll lay the bucket. 

Pick:
Louisiana Tech -3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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