NIT Quarterfinals: Oklahoma State Hosts Western Kentucky

NIT Quarterfinals

Hilltoppers Look to Take Down Another High Seed in NIT Quarterfinals

The NIT Quarterfinals are under way. The 4th-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the 2nd-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys meet on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tip-off is set for 9 pm EST. ESPN2 will have the coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Cowboys as -5.5-point favorites versus the Hilltoppers, while the game’s total opened at 147.5. The line now is Oklahoma State -6.5 and the total has risen to 149.5.

The Cowboys dropped 14 games this season. That number is misleading as 12 were against NCAA Tournament qualifiers. They come into Wednesday night having won five of six and playing well.

Jeffrey Carroll scored 26 points against Stanford to advance. He had a career-high five threes as well. The score was 71-65 on Monday. Just two players average in double-figures for the Cowboys. They make up for it in depth. The team has six average at least 8.2 points. Five players are 6-foot-6 or taller.

The Cowboys have exceeded oddsmakers’ expectations; they’re on a 6-2 ATS run.

NIT Quarterfinals Have a Underrated WKU Team

WKU was even more impressive in its quarterfinals win.  Justin Johnson scored 23 points in the Hilltoppers’ 79-75 win at USC. The Hilltoppers went 4-2 against NCAA Tournament teams this season. Those wins include a four-point win over 2-seed Purdue.

Their RPI of 39 was the fifth-best among teams that didn’t get invited to the Big Dance.

Western Kentucky has been one of the nation’s most reliable teams against the spread. They have done 22-12 this season. It’s been an underdog just seven times all season. They are 6-1 ATS in those games.

 

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Western Kentucky 26-10 22-12 78.42 69.97 8.45 9-6 8-5 16-16-2 5-8-2 9-4
Oklahoma State 21-14 17-16 76.37 72.71 3.66 9-9 6-4 11-21-1 5-13 6-4
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
W.KEN 13.56 11.81 1.15
OKST 14.11 13.14 1.07
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
W.KEN 9.58 26.00 35.58
OKST 12.71 24.74 37.45
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
W.KEN 49.61 42.92 6.69
OKST 43.26 43.48 -0.22
Team Records

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 26-10 16-4 10-6 22-12 11-7 11-5 78.42 69.97 8.45
Last 10 7-3 4-1 3-2 7-3 4-1 3-2 78.20 69.30 8.90
vs Conf 16-5 9-2 7-3 12-9 6-5 6-4 78.76 70.67 8.09

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 21-14 16-6 5-8 16-16 9-10 7-6 76.37 72.71 3.66
Last 10 6-4 5-1 1-3 6-4 4-2 2-2 73.70 71.80 1.90
vs Conf 9-11 6-4 3-7 10-10 5-5 5-5 75.20 77.90 -2.70

NIT Quarterfinals Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 78.42 52 72.71 144
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 75.75 50 69.27 128
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 34.31 127 36.86 225
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 76.37 74 69.97 87
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 77.68 117 73.06 86
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 37.77 77 33.25 48

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Western Kentucky
Oklahoma State

Head To Head Detail

Date
Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals

NIT Quarterfinals Betting  Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 19, 2018 USC 79-75 W 4.5 150 W/O 53.57 94.12 3 A
Mar 13, 2018 BC 79-62 W -4 159.5 W/U 55.36 68.75 6 H
Mar 10, 2018 MARSH 66-67 L -5.5 159.5 L/U 35.48 80.95 5 H
Mar 9, 2018 OLDDO 57-49 W -1.5 136.5 W/U 36.73 69.23 3 A
Mar 8, 2018 UAB 98-70 W -5.5 148 W/O 59.68 86.36 5 H

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 19, 2018 STANF 71-65 W -8 154.5 L/U 35.71 52.17 9 H
Mar 13, 2018 FLAGC 80-68 W -11 160 W/U 35.59 78.05 6 H
Mar 8, 2018 KANSA 68-82 L 6 150 L/P 40.91 69.23 5 A
Mar 7, 2018 OKLA 71-60 W 1.5 159.5 W/U 39.06 90.91 11 H
Mar 3, 2018 KANSA 82-64 W 3 152.5 W/U 50.00 78.26 10 H

 

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