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Western Kentucky vs Louisiana Tech Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Hilltoppers vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
  • Where: Ruston at Thomas Assembly Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Western Kentucky +4.5, WKENT +163 | LOUTCH -202 O/U 141.0

Hilltoppers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Louisiana Tech, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 11-7. So far, the Hilltoppers have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 5-3. For the season, Western Kentucky has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 2-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hilltoppers being +4.5 point underdogs.

Western Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Dayvion McKnight, who is averaging 17.28 points per contest. So far, McKnight has accounted for 23.51% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.22 rebounds per game and 4.06 assists. Jairus Hamilton is the second leading scorer for the Hilltoppers, averaging 10.28 points per game. Between him and Hamilton, they are accounting for 37.5% of the team’s scoring.

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Western Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Louisiana Tech, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.4 points per game. Through 18 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.

Bulldogs Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 10-8. Currently, the Bulldogs have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Louisiana Tech has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.

Louisiana Tech’s leading scorer this season is Cobe Williams, who is averaging 18.44 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 21.45% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.25 rebounds per game and 4.31 assists. Keaston Willis is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 12.83 points per game. Between him and Willis, they are accounting for 38.2% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Louisiana Tech is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.28% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -4.5

If you are eying this matchup between Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Louisiana Tech to cover the spread as -4.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Louisiana Tech shooting well enough to keep the Hilltoppers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bulldogs’ to win the game and cover the spread.

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