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UTSA vs Western Kentucky Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds
Roadrunners vs Hilltoppers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UTSA Roadrunners at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
- Where: Bowling Green at E. A. Diddle Arena
- Date: Thursday, February 2nd
- Betting Odds: UTSA +12, UTSA +541 | WKENT -840 O/U 144.5
The UTSA Roadrunners head into today’s game in what will be their 24th game of the season, posting a record of 7-16. So far, the Roadrunners have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 0-8. For the season, UTSA has been the underdog in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 2-14. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Roadrunners being +12 point underdogs.
UTSA’s leading scorer this season is Japhet Medor, who is averaging 13.0 points per contest. So far, Medor has accounted for 16.81% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.45 rebounds per game and 3.65 assists. Jacob Germany is the second leading scorer for the Roadrunners, averaging 12.0 points per game. Between him and Germany, they are accounting for 33.1% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UTSA this season, as they are currently ranked 319th in college basketball at 67.3 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 Roadrunners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.4%, placing them 487th in the NCAA.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head into today’s game in what will be their 23rd game of the season, posting a record of 11-11. So far this season, Western Kentucky has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-5. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Hilltoppers as the -12 point favorites. The Hilltoppers have been favored 13 times, going 7-6 straight up.
Western Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Dayvion McKnight, who is averaging 17.23 points per contest. So far, McKnight has accounted for 23.69% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.14 rebounds per game and 3.86 assists. Jairus Hamilton is the second leading scorer for the Hilltoppers, averaging 10.14 points per game. Between him and Hamilton, they are accounting for 37.6% of the team’s scoring.
Western Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs UTSA, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.4 points per game. Through 22 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: UTSA Roadrunners +12
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will tip off their matchup over UTSA Roadrunners as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -12. Our analysis like’s Western Kentucky’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Western Kentucky and UTSA are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors Western Kentucky, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Hilltoppers don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.