Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-0) at Washington Huskies (0-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 6, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Huskies -7 -- Over/Under: 151
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Washington Huskies meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are coming off a 27-win season that ended in the NIT semifinals. WKU won’t be as explosive as they were last season, but the return of Taveion Hollingsworth and Lamonte Bearden makes the Hilltoppers as good as any team in the C-USA. That duo combined for 25.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists last season. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have some depth to sort out if they want to make another run for a big postseason tournament, but they’re once again one of the teams to beat in their conference, and that’s all this program can really ask for. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won nine of their last 12 road games.
The Washington Huskies won 21 games last season and ended their season in the second round of the NIT. Washington is a team that should be thinking NCAA Tournament considering its top seven scorers from last season return, including four double-digit scorers in Jaylen Nowell, Noah Dickerson, David Crisp and Matisse Thybulle. While Washington has had big name players in the past and somewhat high expectations, this is the year coach Mike Hopkins and the program need to make some serious noise. The returning talent is there for Washington to push any team in the Pac-12 and position themselves nicely come March. It’s just a matter of getting the job done and not rising to those expectations. The Washington Huskies have won six of their last eight home games.
The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. The over is 6-2 in Hilltoppers last 8 road games and the under is 35-17 in Huskies last 52 overall.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are well coached and have enough players from last years squad to the point they could put a scare in Washington. However, the Washington Huskies are so experienced and talented, and expectations are so high, that you have to think this club comes out with a point to prove and doesn't take anyone lightly. Washington should come blazing and hope to set the tone early. I believe in these Huskies. Give me the home team and the reasonable number.