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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers @ La. Tech Bulldogs

Current Records: Western Kentucky 15-7, La. Tech 16-6

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Western Kentucky has enjoyed a three-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They and the La. Tech Bulldogs will face off in a Conference USA battle at 7:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Thomas Assembly Center. Expect the scorekeeper to be kept busy: if their previous games are any indication, the two teams will really light up the scoreboard.

Western Kentucky was handed a two-point loss in their last game, but they sure didn't let that happen against the Blue Raiders on Saturday. Everything went the Hilltoppers' way against the Blue Raiders as the Hilltoppers made off with a 88-65 win. The score was all tied up 38-38 at the break, but Western Kentucky was the better team in the second half.

Meanwhile, La. Tech came tearing into Thursday's game with five straight wins (a stretch where they outscored their opponents by an average of 12.6 points) and they left with even more momentum. They put a hurting on the Panthers on the road to the tune of 93-53. With La. Tech ahead 59-26 at the half, the match was all but over already.

La. Tech got their victory on the backs of several key players, but it was Daniel Batcho out in front who dropped a double-double on 20 points and 13 rebounds. Batcho continues to roll, besting his previous point total in each of the last three games he's played. Tahlik Chavez was another key contributor, going 7 for 12 from beyond the arc en route to 27 points and 0 assists.

The Hilltoppers' win bumped their record up to 15-7. As for the Bulldogs, they are on a roll lately: they've won seven of their last eight contests, which provided a nice bump to their 16-6 record this season.

This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: Western Kentucky have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 40 rebounds per game. However, it's not like La. Tech struggles in that department as they've been averaging 39.8 rebounds per game. Given these competing strengths, it'll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.

Not only did both teams in this Wednesday's game win their last matches, they also took care of their bettors and covered the spread. Going forward, La. Tech is the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by 9.5 points. They might be worth a quick bet since they've covered the spread the last six times they've played.


La. Tech is a big 9.5-point favorite against Western Kentucky, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is set at 150 points.

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Series History

La. Tech has won 6 out of their last 10 games against Western Kentucky.

  • Feb 23, 2023 - Western Kentucky 76 vs. La. Tech 66
  • Jan 19, 2023 - La. Tech 85 vs. Western Kentucky 74
  • Mar 10, 2022 - La. Tech 59 vs. Western Kentucky 57
  • Jan 01, 2022 - La. Tech 74 vs. Western Kentucky 73
  • Mar 25, 2021 - La. Tech 72 vs. Western Kentucky 65
  • Jan 09, 2021 - La. Tech 63 vs. Western Kentucky 58
  • Jan 08, 2021 - Western Kentucky 66 vs. La. Tech 64
  • Feb 27, 2020 - Western Kentucky 95 vs. La. Tech 91
  • Feb 06, 2020 - Western Kentucky 65 vs. La. Tech 54
  • Jan 26, 2019 - La. Tech 62 vs. Western Kentucky 50