Western Kentucky vs Florida International Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Florida International (9-19) vs Western Kentucky (19-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Ocean Bank Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Florida International Panthers +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Florida International Panthers meet Saturday in college basketball action from FIU Arena. Western Kentucky sits at 19-9 overall following a loss to Louisiana Tech. As for Florida International, they’re coming off a loss to Jacksonville State that dropped the Panthers to 9-19. Let’s get into our Western Kentucky vs. FIU prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

The Hilltoppers managed a 14-7 run over their first 21 games of the season. Western Kentucky would then hit a win streak over Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Jacksonville State, UTEP and New Mexico State. Since then it’s been losses to Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech.

In their Wednesday matchup versus LA Tech, the Hilltoppers got off to a rough start and a 47-40 deficit by halftime. Western Kentucky got slightly better on 44 more points but still lost 90-84 in the end. Lead scorer Teagan Moore (bench) put up 22 points with four rebounds.

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FIU Panthers

Over on the Florida International side, their year began on a 7-11 clip. The Panthers have gone just 2-8 since then. Those losses came versus Liberty, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, LA Tech, Middle Tennessee again, Sam Houston, LA Tech again and Jacksonville State.

Matched up against Jacksonville State last weekend, Florida International went into the locker room with a 36-27 advantage. The Panthers were outscored 50-39 the rest of the way in a 77-75 loss. Arturo Dean was the top performer on 19 points with seven boards in the defeat.

ANDREW’S FREE WESTERN KENTUCKY VS FIU PREDICTION

I’ll stick with Western Kentucky. So long as the Hilltoppers can bounce back from a tepid effort versus LA Tech in their last game, that is. WKU shot 43.5 percent from the field in that one but gave up 48.2 percent on the other side (along with 55 percent from outside). The 13 turnovers (leading to 18 Bulldogs points) didn’t help either. The good news is that Western Kentucky has been scoring great all year with 70 or more points in 16 straight games.

The last time these teams met up back on January 25, Western Kentucky notched a 105-91 win at home. The Hilltoppers shot great in that one, hitting 65 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from 3-point range. The 20 turnovers were an ugly blemish though, so WKU will need some better ball control in this rematch. I think they’ll pull off the cover in the end.

Andrew’s Pick Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -5.5

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