The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (5-2) will be at home in E.A. Diddle Arena when they challenge the Wright State Raiders (4-3). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 138.5 points with Western Kentucky set as a 9-point favorite. Action starts at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Wright State Raiders at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Preview
In the Raiders last game, they barely escaped the Fairfield Stags, 57-56. With 12 points and 13 rebounds, Wright State’s Loudon Love played well. The Raiders were 9-12 from the foul line (75.0 percent), while the Stags had a turnover percentage of 20.5 (above their season average of 17.4).
The Hilltoppers will look to maintain momentum after dismantling the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in their last outing, 83-51. With 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Lamonte Bearden was the games leading scorer. Western Kentucky played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.083 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 8.6 (better than their season average of 17.5). For those same stats, Eastern Kentucky had marks of 0.018 and 18.2, respectively.
Western Kentucky might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they face off against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Wright State ranks 79th in defensive efficiency while the Hilltoppers rank 190th in offensive efficiency. Moreover, the Raiders rank 38th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.292), while the Hilltoppers rank fourth in opponents FTA rate (0.169).
Games including these teams have a tendency to go under the O/U total. Wright State games have finished under 83.3 percent of the time, while Western Kentucky games have gone under 60.0 percent of the time. The Hilltoppers hold a clear advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 5-2 SU and 4-1 ATS, while the Raiders are 4-3 SU and 3-3 ATS.
Wright State Raiders at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Wright State, ATS Winner – Wright State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Raiders rank 179th in steals per game (5.9) while the Hilltoppers rank 256th (5.1).
- Wright State ranks 126th in three pointers attempted per game (22.1) while Western Kentucky ranks 286th (18.2).
- The Raiders rank 87th in assists allowed per game (12.2) while the Hilltoppers rank 235th (14.4).
- Western Kentucky ranks 146th in blocks per game (3.3) while Wright State ranks 267th (2.1).