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Where: E. A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, KY
When: Saturday, February 16, 3:00 PM. ET.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will be going for their sixth consecutive win when they wrap up the regular season against the UAB Blazers on Saturday afternoon.
Blazers Going For Second Consecutive Win
The Blazers managed to snap their four-game losing streak with a win over Marshall in their last game. They will be trying to build on the win and finish the regular season on a high note with a win over the Hilltoppers, which will give them their second win in a row.
— Stadium (@Stadium) February 15, 2019
UAB has been average on offense, scoring 70.5 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.
Zack Bryant leads the way for the Blazers with 14.4 points and four assists per game. Lewis Sullivan is averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Jalen Perry is averaging 11 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
The Blazers have done a better job on the defensive end and are holding opponents to 67.6 points per game. They held Marshall to 68 points and will need a similar performance to get past the Hilltoppers on Saturday.
Hilltoppers Have Eyes On Conference Title
The Hilltoppers are trying to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive and can improve their chances of making the tournament by winning the Conference USA regular-season title. They are one game behind Old Dominion and will need a win over the Blazers and a loss by the Monarchs to finish tied for first place in the standings.
In his last five games, @WKUBasketball senior guard @WhyyMonte has a combined 39 assists and 5 turnovers. Bearden leads @ConferenceUSA in league play with a 4.2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. #GoTops pic.twitter.com/zykLHxzRFd
— WKU Stats & Info (@WKUStatsInfo) February 15, 2019
Western Kentucky has played well offensively, averaging 72.6 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
Charles Bassey leads the way for the Hilltoppers with 14.6 points and 10 rebounds per game. Taveion Hollingsworth is averaging 14.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Jared Savage is averaging 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
The Hilltoppers have been solid defensively, giving up 70.3 points per game. They gave up 61 points per game in their last two games and need to keep it up if they want to beat the Blazers on Saturday.
Western Kentucky is:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 10-25-1 ATS in their last 36 road games.
- 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Hilltoppers have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five games and five of their last six games following an ATS loss. The Blazers have struggled against the spread, losing four of their last six road games and six of their last nine road games against teams with winning home records.
Prediction: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Blazers have played under the total in their last five games against teams with winning records and in six of their last eight games following an ATS win. The Hilltoppers have played under the total in eight of their last 11 games and in 11 of their last 15 games against Conference USA opponents.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Blazers will win the first half of this game because they have slightly outplayed the Hilltoppers in the first half of their last three games, averaging 34.7 points per game while the Hilltoppers average 34 points per game.
Prediction: UAB Blazers
Half-Time Total Bet
The Hilltoppers and Blazers are averaging 68.3 combined points in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.