Check out our free North Texas vs Western Kentucky pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Bowling Green. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
North Texas vs Western Kentucky Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Mean Green vs Hilltoppers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Texas Mean Green at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
- Where: Bowling Green at E. A. Diddle Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: North Texas -3.5, NTX -175 | WKENT +142 O/U 121.0
Mean Green Preview:
Through 14 games, the North Texas Mean Green have an overall record of 11-3. So far, the Mean Green have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 5-1. This season, North Texas has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 9-2. For today’s contest, North Texas have a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
North Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tylor Perry who is averaging 17.58 points per game for the Mean Green. Perry 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 Mean Green’s offensive gameplan is the play of Abou Ousmane who has hit 48.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.29 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 385th in college basketball at 64.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mean Green’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.2%, placing them 168th in the NCAA.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are in the middle of a 4 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-5. Currently, the Hilltoppers have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 5-2. So far, the Hilltoppers have been the underdog 2 times, going 1-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.
Western Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Dayvion McKnight who is averaging 16.23 points per contest. So far, McKnight has accounted for 21.73% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.92 rebounds per game and 4.54 assists. Emmanuel Akot is the second leading scorer for the Hilltoppers, averaging 12.08 points per game. Between him and Akot, they are accounting for 37.9% of the team’s scoring.
Western Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs North Texas, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.4 points per game. Through 13 games, they have hit 46.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Hilltoppers’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 345th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: North Texas Mean Green -3.5
Heading into this matchup, with the North Texas Mean Green sitting as -3.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as North Texas and Western Kentucky are averaging 8.33 and 7.69 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that North Texas has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Mean Green to cover at -3.5.
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