Troy Trojans (4-5) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (5-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 16, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 145
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The Troy Trojans will travel to E. A. Diddle Arena to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Troy Trojans snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 4-5 on the season after defeating the NCCAA Carver College Cougars, 88-43, this past Wednesday. Troy dominated Carver College on both ends of the court and easily secured the victory after taking a 56-17 halftime lead. Troy shot 59.3% from the field while holding Carver College to just 30.0% shooting from the field and 23.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Trojans was Alex Hicks who had 12 points, 9 rebounds, and an assist.
On the season, Troy is averaging 75.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 1.6. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 1.6. Offensively, Troy has been led by Jordon Varnado (15.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 bpg), Alex Hicks (11.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg), B.J. Miller (10.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg), and Javan Johnson (10.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg).
Defensively, Troy is allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers improved to 5-4 on the season after upsetting the Arkansas Razorbacks on the road by a 78-77 margin on December 8th. Western Kentucky trailed by a 41-33 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on the offensive end in the 2nd half and was able win the game after a Marek Nelson layup with :21 seconds left in regulation. Western Kentucky shot 50.0% from the field and 40.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Charles Bassey who had 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, and an assist.
On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 71.9 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by Taveion Hollingsworth (17.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 spg), Jared Savage (14.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), Charles Bassey (14.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.4 spg), and Desean Murray (9.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The Trojans are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. C-USA opponents. The Hilltoppers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games however, just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games vs. Sun Belt opponents.
Troy is a solid team however on both ends of the court however, the Trojans are still looking for their 1st road victory of the season (0-3) and coming into E. A. Diddle Arena is certainly not an easy road environment. Western Kentucky has been great on the offensive end this season, but this is a team that can beat top-level talent as they already knocked off West Virginia & Arkansas on the road this season. Troy is a quality Sun Belt team however, I think Western Kentucky at home will be to much for the Trojans. Take the Hilltoppers to cover this large spread.