UTSA vs. Western Kentucky - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (17-8) at UTSA Roadrunners (12-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)
The Line: UTSA Roadrunners +2 -- Over/Under: 158.5
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (17-8, 10-3 CONF) and the UTSA Roadrunners (12-14, 6-7 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 15th for a Conference-USA matchup at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, TX. The game will be played at 3:00 PM eastern time.
Western Kentucky has won three straight games coming into this one. The Hilltoppers defeated UTEP on the road, 67-62 in their last game. Western Kentucky remains one of the top teams in the C-USA. UTSA is coming off a 72-63 home win over Marshall in their last game. UTSA has lost three of its last five games overall.
Western Kentucky owns a +5.3 point differential so far this season, as they have played well on both sides of the ball. The Hilltoppers score 75.7 points per game on 46% FG shooting. Western Kentucky is led by G Taveion Hollingsworth in scoring, as he averages 14.9 points per game. Western Kentucky allows 70.4 points per game to the opposition. Western Kentucky also earns 33.8 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 4.1 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game.
UTSA can score the basketball, but most times that results in sacrificing a good amount of points as well. UTSA scores 78.7 points per game on 42.7% FG shooting, and they are led by G Jhivvan Jackson in scoring. Jackson scores 26.9 points per game, which is unreal. When UTSA has success, it all centers around him. The Roadrunners allow 77.3 points per game to the opposition, which gives them a +1.4 point differential so far this season. UTSA also earns 39.7 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 6.0 steals per game.
Western Kentucky is 11-13 ATS this season and 6-4 ATS in their last ten games. Western Kentucky is also 4-5 ATS on the road so far this season. UTSA is 10-13 ATS this season and 6-4 ATS in their last ten games. UTSA is also 6-3 ATS at home so far this season.
This line makes me think this one is a trap! UTSA only dogs by two points? I cannot figure that out. Western Kentucky has won three straight and has been the much better team all season. Sure, UTSA has the best player on the court in Jhivvan Jackson, but he has not led them to extreme success to this point, so how is he going to now? I am not going to be cute here, and I am going to take Western Kentucky -2, but you heard it here first, this one smells fishy.