Western Kentucky vs. USC NIT Pick
Will Monday night's NIT matchup between Western Kentucky and USC fall under the betting total at 11:30 p.m. ET?
Monday, March 19, 2018
TV: ESPN2, 11:30 p.m. ET
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.
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.
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.
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