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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd
Where and when: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will make a visit to the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia, in which to face the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Marshall enters this game recovering nicely from a two-game losing skid as they picked up their second straight victory in their last outing versus the struggling Charlotte 49ers on the road. CJ Burks led the Thundering Herd with 25 points while going 4-8 from three-point range as Marshall connected on 10 3-pointers on the night while shooting 45% as a team in the win.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are winners of three of the last four games, overall, yet suffered a huge setback on the road versus the Old Dominion Monarchs as they endured a slim defeat as they were not able to hang on to a seven-point halftime lead en route to being outscored 37-27 in the second half.
Burks lead Thundering Herd to victory
Marshall remains to be a team that likes to get up and down the floor on a nightly basis. For the season, they continue to average a tad over 80 points per game on just 44% shooting as this was certainly the case in their last outing versus the Charlotte 49ers as they ended the game shooting 64 shots compared to just 44 for the home team. In all, Marshall ended the game shooting 45% from the floor as Burks led the way with 25 while John Elmore finished with 16 points along with five assists on a night where he struggled both from the field as well as from three-point range.
– 11.7 ppg
– 4.7 rpg
– 13-of-18 from field
– Made first two starts of his career
– Season/Career-high 40 minutes played, while making 6-of-7 from the free-throw line
— #StripeTheCam 1/12/19 (@HerdMBB) January 7, 2019
Marshall’s defense has been non-existent all season as they are allowing opponents to shoot just under 47% from the floor in 2018. Of course, this was certainly Illustrated in the last outing versus the 49ers as their opponent shot well over 50% from the field as well as from three-point range as John Davis pumped in 37 points for the contest while Milos Supica contributed 23 points along with pulling down five rebounds in the loss for Charlotte.
Of course, the offense for Marshall will certainly put some points on the board throughout this contest; however, Marshall can only hope that their defense brings its focus and intensity as well as or they will certainly be headed for a yet another loss if this is not the case. Of course, the Thundering Herd may indeed have success in this contest as despite winning three of the last four games, the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky have only averaged sixty nine points per game during this time.
Hilltoppers fall in heart-breaker to Monarchs
Western Kentucky will certainly like to increase their positioning within the Conference USA division with a win over third-seeded Marshall on Saturday afternoon. Nonetheless, they must be able to play better on the offensive end end in which to accomplish this as they are putting up an average of 72 points per game on 45% shooting from the floor in 2018. Nonetheless, their offense has regressed a bit in their last few games as they are only averaging 69 points per game, as stated, during a stretch where they went 3-1.
In the last outing versus Old Dominion, their lack of consistency on the offensive end was Illustrated like none other as they shot just 43% from the floor while holding the Monarchs to just 40% as Old Dominion was led by BJ Stith along with Ahmad Carter with 19 and 18 points, respectively. On the other hand, Western Kentucky was led by Charles Bassey along with Travian Hollingsworth as they each scored 19 points apiece for the Hilltoppers while Bassey was also able to pull down 12 rebounds tn the losing effort.
Back on that grind and looking for a road W! #GoTops
— #SellOutDiddle (@WKUBasketball) January 11, 2019
In all, Old Dominion’s ability to be a bit more accurate from the floor as well as their ability to connect on eight 3-pointers during the contest, ultimately was the catalyst in them picking up a much-needed victory in this contest. Tight games have certainly been an ongoing trend for Western Kentucky as seven of their last nine games have been decided by seven points or less, primarily due to their inability to perform much more consistently on the offensive end. Nonetheless, they may indeed find success versus a Thundering Herd team that is allowing opponents to shoot 47% from the floor for the season. In fact, Marshall has allowed opponents to score 80 or more points in three of the last four outings, overall.
- Under is 9-3 in Thundering Herd last 12 Sat. games
- Thundering Herd are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall
- Thundering Herd are 38-18-2 ATS in their last 58 home games.
- Under is 7-2 in Hilltoppers last 9 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I believe that Western Kentucky will certainly come out of their offensive funk a bit in this matchup versus the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday. As stated, Marshall has rebounded nicely from a rough patch recently, however, continues to allow opponents to score entirely too many points throughout the duration of games. Look for this to be the trend in this contest as the road team will certainly perform well enough in which to pick up a slim Conference USA victory over the Thundering Herd in what will be an exciting and fast-paced game throughout.
Prediction: Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -110
Full-Game Total Pick
I simply do not like either offense that will be coming to the floor on Saturday afternoon for these teams. On the other hand, I do not have much trust in either of the defenses. Nonetheless, I will lean towards the under in this contest as I happen to believe that the defenses will certainly have a much better time neutralizing off and on offenses in this contest, as the total will not surpass its set limit in the end.
Prediction: Pick: Under 160.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
Prediction: No Line Posted
Half-Time Side Pick
Look for the Hilltoppers to claim a small lead advantage at the half due to their ability to hit critical buckets early on. On the other hand, their defense will also perform well enough in which to allow the team to take an advantage at the half en route to covering the small spread.
Prediction: Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +0.5
Half-Time Total Bet
Look for the under to be the play at the half as both teams will certainly put some points on the board, however, the overall damage will be minimal as neither offense will find any type of consistent momentum during this time. In all, look for the under to be the call at the half in this contest as it will certainly be a defensive minded afternoon for both squads.
Prediction: Pick: Under 75.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Look for the Hilltoppers to claim a lead advantage at the half as they will be the more consistent team on both sides of the ball early on. Also, their defense, as stated, will certainly neutralize an inconsistent offense for Marshall en route to cashing in on the money line in this instance.
Prediction: Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -105