Marshall vs. Western Kentucky - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (12-6) at Marshall Thundering Herd (9-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Henderson Center)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -1.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Marshall Thundering Herd meet in C-USA college basketball action from the Henderson Center on Wednesday night.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will look to build on their current three-game winning streak after an 80-63 win over Charlotte last time out. Taveion Hollingsworth led the Hilltoppers with 30 points on 8 of 13 shooting with a 13 of 13 mark from the foul line as well as a team-high 6 rebounds while Jared Savage added 20 points with a 10 of 12 mark from the foul line as well as 5 rebounds, 3 assists, a pair of steals and 4 blocks. Carson Williams added 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a pair of triples, 6 rebounds and 3 assists of his own to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for WKU in the win. Hollingsworh leads Western Kentucky in scoring and assists with an average of 14.9 points and 2.7 assists per game while Williams leads the Hilltoppers in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 77.2 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the 3-point line and 78.4% from the foul line this season.
The Marshall Thundering Herd will look to build off of a 68-67 win over Old Dominion in their last outing. Taevion Kinsey led the Herd with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a team-high 4 assists while Jarrod West added 15 points with 3 threes and a team-high 6 rebounds and Iran Bennett added 12 points with 6 rebounds of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Marshall in victory. Andrew Taylor added 8 points with 6 assists and a pair of steals as well in the winning effort. Kinsey leads Marshall in scoring and assists with an average of 15.8 points and 4.4 assists per game while Bennett leads the Herd in rebounding with 5.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marshall is averaging 74.9 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 28.9% from behind the arc and 64.8% from the foul line this season.
Western Kentucky is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games while the over is 9-4-1 in their last 14 games overall. Marshall is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game and while Marshall probably should be favored at home, the Hilltoppers are just playing better basketball right now. Marshall has been outscored by 2.2 points per game in their last 5 and are only outscoring teams by 1.5 points per game in conference this season. Western Kentucky is outscoring their opposition by 3.7 points per game on the road this year, and are outscoring conference foes by 6.8 points per game. I’ll take the free points with Western Kentucky in a game I see the Hilltoppers winning outright.