Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Louisiana Tech (+6)
E. A. Diddle Arena is the site where and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-3) will take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-3) on Friday. Western Kentucky opens this game as 6-point favorites. The total opens at 146.5.
Louisiana Tech will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 8-3 for the year. They lose possession via turnover 12.7 times per game and as a group they are committing 16.1 fouls every game. As a unit, Louisiana Tech is pulling in 39.5 boards per game and is sitting with 123 assists for the year, which has them ranked 140th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Bulldogs are shooting 33.5% on shots from 3-point land (84 of 251) and 65.4% from the charity stripe. They average 74.6 pts per game (139th in college basketball) on 43.5% from the field. Defensively, the Bulldogs are forcing their opponents into 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.5 personal fouls. They are 231st in college hoops in giving up assists with 125 conceded on the year. The Bulldogs defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 41.1% (275 of 669) and they surrender 37.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 31.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 131st in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (67.8).
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs took the court against the Marshall Thundering Herd and ended up losing by a score of 80-73 in their last game. Louisiana Tech ended the contest with a 40.0% FG percentage (24 out of 60) and made 4 out of their 19 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 21 of 30 shots for a rate of 70.0%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned a total of 35 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 5 assists for the contest in addition to having 5 steals and 2 blocks. When discussing defense, Louisiana Tech allowed 40.0% from the field on 24 out of 60 shooting. Marshall recorded 19 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Thundering Herd collected 37 rebounds (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Marshall finished shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 21 shots. They knocked down 10 out of their 30 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Isaiah Crawford is a player who played a role in this game. He was able to score 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He played 28 mins and also totaled 7 rebounds. Crawford went 62.5% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the Bulldogs was Cobe Williams. He grabbed 7 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 40.0% from the floor for the game via 4-of-10 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Williams saw the court for 36 min.
Western Kentucky has a win-loss record of 8-3 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Hilltoppers are shooting 45.8% from the field, which is ranked 126th in D-1. Western Kentucky has accounted for 835 pts so far this year (75.9 per contest) and they pull in 37.4 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 13.8 times per game (158th in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.8 times per game. The Hilltoppers are committing 17.1 personal fouls every game while shooting 79.3% from the charity stripe. The Hilltoppers defensively are ranked 234th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 72.4. They are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.6% from the floor (247th in Division 1). The Western Kentucky defense allows 40.4% on shots from 3-point land (97 of 240) and their opponents are knocking down 74.2% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 13.3 assists and 30.3 boards per contest, which is 208th and 33rd in the nation.
When they last played, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers took a loss by a score of 75-71 when they faced the Charlotte 49ers. The Hilltoppers were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 30 in the game. They blocked 5 shots while getting 4 steals for this game. The 49ers committed 18 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Hilltoppers to the free throw line for 20 tries. They were able to make 19 of the free throw tries for a rate of 95.0%. In reference to shots from downtown, Western Kentucky buried 4 out of their 12 tries (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Hilltoppers walked away from this one shooting 24 out of 47 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.1%. The Hilltoppers allowed the 49ers to make 26 of 52 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0% in this contest. They finished 40.0% from 3-point land by shooting 6 of 15 and ended up shooting 17 out of 24 at the free throw line (70.8%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Western Kentucky permitted Charlotte to collect 20 in total (4 offensive).
Taveion Hollingsworth ended up having an impact for the Hilltoppers in this matchup. He converted 6 of 12 in the game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 23 points. Hollingsworth collected 6 rebounds in his 37 mins and had 3 assists for the game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Western Kentucky was Charles Bassey. He walked away with 11 points in 33 minutes on the court by way of 4 out of 9 from the floor for this contest. Bassey ended the game having shot 44.4% from the field and also collecting 2 dimes and 8 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Western Kentucky (-6) and under 146.5 points
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