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FIU vs Western Kentucky Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Golden Panthers vs Hilltoppers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: FIU Golden Panthers at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
- Where: Bowling Green at E. A. Diddle Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: FIU +9.5, FLINT +362 | WKENT -495 O/U 144.5
Golden Panthers Preview:
Through 16 games, the FIU Golden Panthers have an overall record of 8-8. So far, the Golden Panthers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 0-5. For the season, FIU has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 2-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Golden Panthers being +9.5 point underdogs.
FIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Denver Jones who is averaging 19.64 points per game for the Golden Panthers. Jones is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Golden Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Arturo Dean who has hit 46.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.19 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for FIU this season, as they are currently ranked 213th in college basketball at 70.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 180th in the NCAA.
Through 16 games, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have an overall record of 10-6. So far this season, Western Kentucky has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Hilltoppers as the -9.5 point favorites. The Hilltoppers have been favored 10 times, going 6-4 straight up.
Western Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Dayvion McKnight, who is averaging 17.62 points per contest. So far, McKnight has accounted for 23.68% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.0 rebounds per game and 4.19 assists. Emmanuel Akot is the second leading scorer for the Hilltoppers, averaging 11.31 points per game. Between him and Akot, they are accounting for 38.9% of the team’s scoring.
Western Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs FIU, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.4 points per game. Through 16 games, they have hit 46.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Hilltoppers have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 345th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -9.5
For this matchup between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and FIU Golden Panthers, we like FIU to keep the game closer than the oddsmakers are anticipating. Historically, the Golden Panthers have held up well vs the spread as the underdog, going 4-1 (last 5). The two team’s also play different brands of basketball with Western Kentucky preferring to get up and down the court, while FIU likes to slow the game to a grind. We this favoring the Golden Panthers as there will be fewer possessions for Western Kentucky to pull home. Going into the game, we feel good about getting a bet down on the FIU Golden Panthers to cover as the +9.5 point underdogs.
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