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

Game
FAU at Western Kentucky
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
E. A. Diddle Arena
Bowling Green, KY
The Line
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
Stadium (Facebook)
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The Florida Atlantic Owls will travel to E. A. Diddle Arena to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Florida Atlantic Owls lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-7 (2-3 C-USA) after being defeated by the Marshall Thundering Herd, 96-84, this past Thursday. Florida Atlantic struggled defensively against the Thundering Herd and couldn’t fight back after Marshall took a 78-64 lead with 8:08 left in regulation. Florida Atlantic allowed Marshall to shoot 48.3% shooting from the field and committed 21 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was Michael Forrest who had 35 points, 3 rebounds, & 2 assists.

On the season, Florida Atlantic is averaging 72.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Owls are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida Atlantic has been led by Jailyn Ingram (18.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Anthony Adger (15.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Xavian Stapleton (12.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Michael Forrest (8.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-9 (1-3 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the FIU Golden Panthers, 77-76, this past Thursday. Western Kentucky led by a 60-44 margin midway through the 2nd half, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and allowed FIU to secure the upset win after the Golden Panthers Brian Beard Jr. hit the game-winning layup with :09 seconds left in regulation. Western Kentucky shot 50.9% from the field & 41.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Jared Savage who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 72.6 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by Taveion Hollingsworth (15.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Charles Bassey (14.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.1 spg), Jared Savage (13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Josh Anderson (10.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following an ATS loss.

Florida Atlantic has lost 3 of their last 5 games and have been led by their defense this season which comes into this game ranked 136th in scoring defense, 104th in defensive FG%, and 78th in rebound margin. Western Kentucky has lost 5 of their last 8 games and have been below average statistically on both ends of the court as they currently rank just 209th in scoring offense and 200th in scoring defense.

Florida Atlantic recently picked up a big win against Old Dominion, however, showed that they can be inconsistent as they followed that big win with a shocking loss at home against Charlotte. Western Kentucky has also struggled with consistency as although they have wins over Wisconsin, Saint Mary’s, and West Virginia, they couldn’t get victories over Indiana State or FIU. This is a game I’m probably going to stay away from however, as neither team is playing their best basketball as late, I think the play is with Florida Atlantic and the double-digit points.

Pick:
Florida Atlantic Owls +10.5

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