Western Kentucky vs. USC NIT Pick

NIT Predictions: Will Western Kentucky pull off the upset vs. USC? 3/19/18

Will Monday night's NIT matchup between Western Kentucky and USC fall under the betting total at 11:30 p.m. ET?

Game Snapshot

(623) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at (624) USC Trojans

Monday, March 19, 2018

TV: ESPN2, 11:30 p.m. ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Trojans are 4-point home favorites to beat the Hilltoppers, while the over/under currently sits at 151 points.

LINE MOVEMENT

Western Kentucky hit the board as a 4-point road underdog and that's where the point spread currently sits at the majority of online sportsbooks. The total, meanwhile, opened at 150 but was bet up to 151.

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PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION

As of this writing, 63% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Trojans to cover the point spread. Meanwhile, 51% of the betting tickets are on the over.

KEY INJURIES

Western Kentucky enters play tonight relatively healthy while USC will be without a couple of key players, including Bennie Boatwright, who suffered a season-ending knee injury back in February, and Chimezie Metu, who has decided not to play in the NIT to avoid injury as he prepares for the NBA draft.

BETTING STRATEGIES

The Hilltoppers are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 non-conference games, are 11-4 against the number in their last 15 games versus an opponent with a winning percentage above .600, and have covered in seven of their last 10 games overall. On the other side, the Trojans will not have their leading scorer and it's fair to wonder how motivated they are to win the NIT after being left out of the NCAA tournament.

 

NIT COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS +4

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