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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Western Kentucky26-1022-1278.4269.978.459-68-516-16-25-8-29-4
Oklahoma State21-1417-1676.3772.713.669-96-411-21-15-136-4
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Team Records

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 107-34-13-27-34-13-278.2069.308.90
vs Conf16-59-27-312-96-56-478.7670.678.09

Oklahoma State Cowboys

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 106-45-11-36-44-22-273.7071.801.90
vs Conf9-116-43-710-105-55-575.2077.90-2.70

NIT Quarterfinals Supergrid

Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense78.425272.71144
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense75.755069.27128
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed34.3112736.86225
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense76.377469.9787
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense77.6811773.0686
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed37.777733.2548

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Western Kentucky
Oklahoma State

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals

NIT Quarterfinals Betting  Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 19, 2018USC79-75W4.5150W/O53.5794.123A
Mar 13, 2018BC79-62W-4159.5W/U55.3668.756H
Mar 10, 2018MARSH66-67L-5.5159.5L/U35.4880.955H
Mar 9, 2018OLDDO57-49W-1.5136.5W/U36.7369.233A
Mar 8, 2018UAB98-70W-5.5148W/O59.6886.365H

Oklahoma State Cowboys

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 19, 2018STANF71-65W-8154.5L/U35.7152.179H
Mar 13, 2018FLAGC80-68W-11160W/U35.5978.056H
Mar 8, 2018KANSA68-82L6150L/P40.9169.235A
Mar 7, 2018OKLA71-60W1.5159.5W/U39.0690.9111H
Mar 3, 2018KANSA82-64W3152.5W/U50.0078.2610H


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