Saint Mary's at WKU 12/22/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:16 AM ET

The Saint Mary’s Gaels visit E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Saturday to play the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Gaels improved to 8-5 on the season following an 85-56 rout of Bucknell. Saint Mary’s was led by Jordan Ford with 28 points. The Gaels shot 55% from the field in the lopsided 29-point victory.

Western Kentucky fell to 5-6 on the season following an 80-74 loss to Belmont. The Hilltoppers battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit to just four points with 28 seconds left, but the Hilltoppers would get no closer. Charles Bassey led Western Kentucky in the loss with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Ford leads Saint Mary’s in scoring and assists with averages of 22.8 points and 2.8 assists per game. Malik Fitts is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounds with averages of 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Saint Mary’s is shooting 49.5% from the field and 38.8% from 3-point territory.

Taveion Hollingsworth leads the Hilltoppers in scoring with an average of 15.4 points per game. The second leading scorer and leading rebounder is Charles Bassey with averages of 15.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Lamonte Bearden leads the Hilltoppers in assists with an average of 3.0 per game. Western Kentucky is shooting 44.7% from the field and 36.8% from 3-point territory.

Western Kentucky has covered the number in 11 of its last 15 following a loss straight up and in 16 of its last 23 versus an opponent with a .600 or higher winning percentage. Saint Mary’s has failed to cover 8 of its last 10 on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, Saint Mary’s Gaels win but fall short ATS 72-71.

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