North Texas at Western Kentucky 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (20-6) vs North Texas Mean Green (16-9)
Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ford Center at The Star)
Betting Odds: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -1 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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North Texas faces Western Kentucky on Saturday, March 13th at the Ford Center At The Star for an NCAA basketball C-USA matchup.
North Texas had to go through Louisiana Tech in the conference tournament semifinals on Friday afternoon. North Texas took down LA Tech by the final score of 54-48 at the neutral site, punching its ticket to the championship for a chance at an NCAA Tournament automatic bid. North Texas held LA Tech to less than 28 points per half in the win, as the defense was fantastic for the Mean Green. North Texas has allowed less than 66 points in its last five games, which is incredible. North Texas' leading scorer so far this season has been G Javion Hamlet, who has scored 14.7 points per game for the Mean Green. North Texas as a team has scored 70.8 points per game and has shot the ball at a 48.2% clip from the field. North Texas has also allowed 62.0 points per game to its opponents as well.
Western Kentucky took down UAB in its semifinal matchup on Friday afternoon by the final score of 64-60. Western Kentucky will be the favorite to win this conference championship, and the Hilltoppers were the favorites before the tournament started as well. Western Kentucky is 20-6 this season and finished the regular season with an 11-3 record in conference play. Western Kentucky is also 12-14 against the spread as well this season. Western Kentucky's leading scorer so far this season has been C Charles Bassey, who has scored 17.7 points per game for the Hilltoppers. Western Kentucky as a team has scored 74.1 points per game and has shot the ball at a 45.7% clip from the field. Western Kentucky has also allowed 68.5 points per game to its opponents as well.
Western Kentucky opens as a 1-point favorite and the total is set at 128.5. In a championship game between two teams that play fantastic defense, I will take the under even despite it being a very low total. North Texas is the one team in this conference that I believe can give Western Kentucky real fits on the defensive side, and overall I see this game being a real battle until the end.