Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (18-7) at North Texas Mean Green (14-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 15, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Texas Mean Green +4.5 -- Over/Under:
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and North Texas Mean Green meet Thursday in college basketball action at the UNT Coliseum.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are averaging 77.3 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 42 percent shooting. Darius Thompson is averaging 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds while Justin Johnson is averaging 14.4 points and 1.3 assists. Taveion Hollingsworth is the third double-digit scorer and Dwight Coleby is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hilltoppers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won five of their last six road games.
The North Texas Mean Green look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The North Texas Mean Green are averaging 70.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Roosevelt Smart is averaging 19.5 points and four rebounds while Ryan Woolridge is averaging 12.5 points and 5.8 assists. Shane Temara is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and A.J. Lawson is dishing 2.3 assists. The North Texas Mean Green are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The North Texas Mean Green are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The North Texas Mean Green have won six of their last eight home games.
The Hilltoppers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Mean Green Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Conference USA and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in North Texas, 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in North Texas.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won seven straight games against North Texas, and most of those games weren't close. Western Kentucky has also had little trouble winning on the road this season, outscoring teams by 6.8 points while shooting 49.8 percent from the field. The North Texas Mean Green are playing good ball in their own right and can be stingy defensively at home, but they're running into one of the top teams in the conference and a squad that can light it up offensively. I'll eat the reasonable number with the Hilltoppers.