North Texas Mean Green vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Prediction, 3/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Texas Mean Green vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: Ford Center At The Star in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: North Texas (-1.5)
Ford Center At The Star is the venue where and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (20-6) will take on the North Texas Mean Green (16-9) on Saturday. North Texas opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 128.5.
North Texas steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 16-9 this year. They have an average of 70.2 points per game (208th in college hoops) while hitting 47.9% from the field. The Mean Green are connecting on 37.6% on shots from 3-point land (189 of 502) and 73.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, North Texas is pulling down 33.2 rebounds per game and has 335 dimes so far this season, which ranks 127th in the country in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 13.1 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 15.7 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Mean Green have forced 14.2 turnovers per game and they draw 15.2 fouls. They are 41st in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 224 surrendered this year. The Mean Green defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.2% (546 of 1,326) and they relinquish 30.6 boards per game as a group. They are giving up 32.8% on shots from distance and they are 10th in college hoops in points per game allowed (61.4).
The North Texas Mean Green faced off with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and walked away with a win by a score of 54-48 in their last game. North Texas ended with a 38.8% FG percentage (19 of 49) and buried 3 out of their 17 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Mean Green converted 13 of their 16 tries for a rate of 81.3%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 25 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 10 dimes for the game while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In regard to defense, North Texas let their opponent shoot 32.1% from the floor on 17 of 53 shooting. Louisiana Tech earned 12 dimes and had 2 steals for the contest. Moreover, Louisiana Tech grabbed 34 boards (10 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Louisiana Tech ended up shooting 78.6% when shooting free throws by making 11 of their 14 attempts. They buried 3 out of their 17 shots from beyond the arc.
Javion Hamlet is one player who came through for the game. He was able to score 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. Hamlet finished the contest at 43.8% from the floor and also recorded 5 assists. One more player that played a role in the game for the Mean Green was Mardrez McBride. He grabbed 2 rebounds in 31 min on the hardwood. He finished shooting 42.9% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 3-of-7 (11 points). Overall, McBride accounted for 2 assists.
Western Kentucky has a record of 20-6 on the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Hilltoppers are shooting 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 98th in college basketball. Western Kentucky has totaled 1,917 pts this year (73.7 per contest) and they pull down 38.1 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 13.4 times per contest (158th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.8 times per contest. The Hilltoppers commit 14.2 personal fouls per game and they hit 78.8% from the free throw line. The Hilltoppers are ranked 113th in the country in points allowed per contest with 68.2. They have surrendered 12.2 assists and 30.8 total boards per game, which is ranked 112th and 24th in college hoops. The Western Kentucky defense concedes 35.8% on shots from distance (219 of 612) and their opposition knocks down 73.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 13.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (106th in D-1).
In their last game, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers went home victorious with a score of 64-60 when they played the UAB Blazers. The Hilltoppers snagged 23 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 28 in this contest. They coughed it up 15 times, while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The Blazers had 15 personal fouls for the contest which got the Hilltoppers to the charity stripe for a total of 14 shots. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw tries for a clip of 71.4%. In terms of 3-point shots, Western Kentucky knocked down 10 out of 20 attempts (50.0%). When all was said and done, the Hilltoppers shot 22 out of 47 from the floor which had them shooting 46.8%. The Hilltoppers allowed the Blazers to convert 23 out of their 59 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 39.0% in this matchup. They finished 35.7% from beyond the arc by going 5 out of 14 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). In relation to how they rebounded, Western Kentucky allowed UAB to collect 27 in all (9 offensive).
Charles Bassey ended up having an impact for the Hilltoppers for the matchup. He converted 9 of 12 in this matchup for a rate of 75.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Bassey had 22 points in his 35 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist. An additional guy who came through for Western Kentucky was Dayvion McKnight. He finished with 9 dimes in 37 minutes played, and he put in 4 out of 9 from the floor. McKnight ended up shooting 44.4% from the field in addition to totaling 13 points and 4 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Western Kentucky (+1.5) and over 128.5 points
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