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Western Kentucky vs UAB Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds
Hilltoppers vs Blazers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at UAB Blazers
- Where: Birmingham at Bartow Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds: Western Kentucky +11.5, WKENT +470 | UAB -690 O/U 151.0
Western Kentucky will take the floor against the Blazers with an overall record of 9-6. So far, the Hilltoppers have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 4-3. For the season, Western Kentucky has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hilltoppers being +11.5 point underdogs.
Western Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Dayvion McKnight, who is averaging 17.0 points per contest. So far, McKnight has accounted for 22.95% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.13 rebounds per game and 4.2 assists. Emmanuel Akot is the second leading scorer for the Hilltoppers, averaging 11.93 points per game. Between him and Akot, they are accounting for 39.1% of the team’s scoring.
Western Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs UAB, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.4 points per game. Through 15 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.
Coming into today’s matchup, the UAB Blazers are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 12-4. So far this season, UAB has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Blazers as the -11.5 point favorites. The Blazers have been favored 13 times, going 11-2 straight up.
UAB will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Walker who is averaging 23.47 points per game for the Blazers. Walker 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 Blazers’ offensive game plan is the play of Eric Gaines who has hit 43.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.19 points per game.
Through 16 games, UAB has been playing well on offense, averaging 80.7 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Blazers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 37.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 7.97 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: UAB Blazers -11.5
Our analysis of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs UAB Blazers game indicates that Western Kentucky will cover the spread as +11.5 point underdogs. We think the line for this matchup is too high, giving Western Kentucky an opportunity to cover. Even if they are behind throughout the game, the Hilltoppers have a strong chance of keeping the final score closer than oddsmakers are anticipating. In these cases, the better team’s pace of play can play a significant role in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average, Western Kentucky won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Our model recommends betting on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at +11.5.
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