Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky - 3/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (21-7) vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (22-7)
Game Info: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Comerica Center)
Betting Odds: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +1 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will be facing the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Thursday in the NIT Quarterfinal round. The teams split two very competitive games during the regular season.
Western Kentucky heads into this game having snuck by Saint Mary's 69-67 in their opening round game. The Hilltoppers were up by more than ten in the second half, but the Gaels hung around and even took the lead back in the last minute. Western Kentucky shot 44.6% from the field, and 50% from three. They have now gone 7-3 in their last ten games. For the season, the Hilltoppers are averaging 73 points per game, and allowing 67.9 to their opponents. They own a .89 assist-turnover ratio, and assist on 52% of their field goals. The Hilltoppers shoot 45.3% from the field, and 35.% from beyond the arc. Potential first round pick Charles Bassey has carried the team all year, leading the team with 17.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.
Louisiana Tech knocked off the 1 seed Ole Miss Rebels 70-61 in their opening round game of the NIT. A big second half led the Bulldogs to victory, after trailing by ten at halftime. They are now 8-2 in their last ten games. Louisiana Tech averages 73.4 points per game, and gives up 64.5 to the opposition. The Bulldogs are shooting 44.6% from the field, and 34.2% from three. They own a .96 assist-turnover ratio, and assist on 48% of their field goals. Isaiah Crawford leads the team with 11.9 points per game. Kenneth Lofton Jr. has also been a lead contributor with 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Western Kentucky is 13-15 ATS this season, 5-5 ATS in their last 10, and 4-3 ATS as the underdog. Louisiana Tech is 18-10 ATS this season, 8-2 ATS in their last 10, and 12-7 ATS as the favorite.
This has the makings of a close game, as both teams are playing well and played each other tough during the regular season. The difference however will be the 7-footer Bassey. He came up big last time out, and had a couple great games against the Bulldogs earlier in the season. Louisiana Tech starts two 6'7 forwards in Lofton and Crawford who will have a tough time slowing down Bassey on lobs or with his back to the basket. Defensively the Hilltoppers have also been solid, not allowing their opponents to score 70 or more in their last 5 games. Give me Western Kentucky to cover.