Western Kentucky (8-4) vs. Austin Peay (4-6)
Winfield Dunn Center, Clarksville, Tennessee; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Western Kentucky faces Austin Peay in a non-conference matchup. Western Kentucky beat Louisville by 10 at home in its last outing. Austin Peay lost 77-51 at Vanderbilt in its most recent game.
LEADING THE CHARGE: The play-making Dayvion McKnight is averaging 14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists to lead the charge for the Hilltoppers. Jairus Hamilton is also a primary contributor, producing 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. The Governors have been led by Elijah Hutchins-Everett, who is averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: McKnight has made or assisted on 46 percent of all Western Kentucky field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 12 field goals and 30 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: Austin Peay is 0-5 this year when it scores 60 points or fewer and 4-1 when it scores at least 61.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Hilltoppers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Governors. Austin Peay has 40 assists on 68 field goals (58.8 percent) over its previous three outings while Western Kentucky has assists on 61 of 92 field goals (66.3 percent) during its past three games.
PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat Western Kentucky offense has averaged 73.9 possessions per game, the 29th-most in Division I. Austin Peay has not been as uptempo as the Hilltoppers and is averaging only 67.3 possessions per game (ranked 270th, nationally).
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