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Old Dominion vs. Western Kentucky - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Kentucky at Old Dominion
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ted Constant Convocation Center
Norfolk, VA
The Line
Old Dominion Monarchs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 131
TV Channel
Stadium (Facebook)
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NCAA BB | Western Kentucky at Old Dominion
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers had their 5-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-11 (9-5 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the UAB Blazers, 68-60, this past Saturday. Western Kentucky struggled offensively agianst the UAB defense and couldn’t fight back after the Blazers took a 55-41 lead with 4:21 left in regulation. Western Kentucky shot just 37.5% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Charles Bassey who had a double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 72.1 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by Charles Bassey (14.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.4 bpg), Taveion Hollingsworth (13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Jared Savage (12.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Josh Anderson (12.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg).

Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -1.3.

The Old Dominion Monarchs won their 5th straight game in improved to 21-6 (11-3 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 73-60, this past Saturday. Old Dominion had little trouble slowing down the Charlotte offense and easily secured the victory after taking a 58-34 lead midway through the 2nd half. Old Dominion held Charlotte to just 39.1% shooting from the field and 23.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Ahmad Caver who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 68.0 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Monarchs are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Old Dominion has been led by B.J. Smith (18.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 apg), Ahmad Caver (17.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Xavier Green (8.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Marquis Godwin (7.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg).

Defensively, Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Monarchs have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. The Monarchs are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

Western Kentucky has won 8 of their last 10 games and currently rank 137th in FG%, 149th in scoring defense, and 83rd in defensive FG%.

Old Dominion has won 10 of their last 11 games and although their offense ranks just 288th in scoring offense, the Monarchs have one of the best defenses in the country as they come into this match-up ranked 8th in scoring defense, and 7th in defensive FG%.

Western Kentucky will travel to the Ted Constant Convocation center to take on the Monarchs for the 2nd time this season and they will hope to have better success this time around as they allowed Old Dominion to fight back from a 21-0 deficit to get a 69-66 win. Old Dominion has an outstanding defense, however, Western Kentucky is a very good team that has picked up quality wins agianst West Virginia, Arkansas, and Wisconsin this season and as I think this game is once again going to come down to the wire, I’m taking the Hilltoppers and the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +4.5

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