Old Dominion vs. Western Kentucky
|Date & Time||Saturday March 16, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
Ford Center at The Star
The Line: Western Kentucky +1 -- Over/Under: 127
The Old Dominion Monarchs and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet Saturday in the college basketball C-USA Championship at the Ford Center at The Star.
The Old Dominion Monarchs are coming off a win over the UAB Blazers and have won nine of their last 11 games. The Old Dominion Monarchs are averaging 66.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 60.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting. B.J. Stith is averaging 17.1 points and 7.5 rebounds while Ahmad Caver is averaging 16.9 points and 5.5 assists. Xavier Green is dishing two assists and Marquis Godwin is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Old Dominion Monarchs are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The Old Dominion Monarchs are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. The Old Dominion Monarchs have won five of their last six non-home games.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are coming off a win over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and have won nine of their last 12 games. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are averaging 72 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Charles Bassey is averaging 14.8 points and 9.9 rebounds while Taveion Hollingsworth is averaging 14.5 points and 2.3 assists. Jared Savage is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Anderson is grabbing four rebounds. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 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 won five of their last six non-home games.
The Hilltoppers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Conference USA, 46-21 ATS in their last 67 neutral site games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Monarchs are 18-37 ATS in their last 55 vs. Conference USA, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-0 in Monarchs last 6 overall. The under is 15-7 in Hilltoppers last 22 vs. Conference USA.
The Old Dominion Monarchs won both meetings against Western Kentucky this season, games in which they controlled the pace and kept the Hilltoppers in check defensively. ODU has been one of the best defensive teams in the country all season long, and it's allowed 64 or less points in each of its last nine games. It's not easy to beat the same team three times in a season, but in a championship game, I'm going to ride the Monarchs defense in this near pick em contest.