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Western Kentucky vs. UTSA - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTSA at Western Kentucky
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
E.A. Diddle Arena
Bowling Green, KY
The Line
Western Kentucky HIlltoppers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
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Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

The UTSA Roadrunners and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet in C-USA college basketball action from the E.A. Diddle Arena on Thursday night.

The UTSA Roadrunners will look to build on back-to-back wins after rallying from 17 points down with 3 minutes to go for a 74-73 win over Old Dominion in their last outing. Keaton Wallace led the way with 29 points, including 9 threes and a team-high 5 rebounds while Jhivvan Jackson added 21 points, including 3 triples and a team-high 5 assists and Nick Allen added 13 points with 3 threes, 3 assists and a pair of steals as well in the winning effort. Byron Frohnen and Giovanni De Nicolao each had 4 assists as well in the victory. Jackson leads UTSA in scoring with 21.3 points per game while Frohnen leads UTSA in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game and De Nicolao leads the Roadrunners in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 76.6 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 72.8% from the foul line this season.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will look to rebound after a 62-50 loss to Louisiana Tech in their last outing. Charles Bassey led the Hilltoppers with 16 points on 4 of 5 shooting with an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line along with 8 rebounds while Jared Savage added 11 points with 3 threes as the only other Western Kentucky player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Tolu Smith added 9 rebounds in 18 minutes while Lamonte Bearden had a team-high 5 assists as well in the defeat. Taveion Hollingsworth was held to 7 points and 3 assists but still leads Western Kentucky in scoring with 15.2 points per game. Bassey leads the Hilltoppers with 9.7 rebounds per game and Dalano Banton leads Western Kentucky in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 71 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the 3-point line and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

UTSA is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Western Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a loss while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall.

The Hilltoppers were playing quite well before running into Louisiana Tech on the road, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Western Kentucky bounce back here. However, UTEP has been a covering machine for most of the season, and I’m not trying to step in front of a team full of confidence after rallying from 17 points down with 3 minutes remaining to win in their last outing. Granted, that game was at home which was where a lot of the confidence and energy came from, but I’m expecting some of that to carry over here so I’ll take UTSA and the points here.

UTSA +7.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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