Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ohio Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/5/14
Ohio Bobcats (16-5) at Western Michigan Broncos (12-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: The Ohio Bobcats look for their fourth straight victory when they take the road to face the Western Michigan Broncos Wednesday.
The Breakdown: Ohio sits atop the MAC-East, improving to 6-2 after a 95-90 overtime victory over Toledo Saturday. The Bobcats shot a stellar 53.7 percent from the floor and connected on 11 of 25 from outside the arc to Western Michigan’s 46.1 percent from the field and 8 of 18 from distance. Ohio also matched the Broncos on the boards and connected on 12 of 15 from the free throw line. Junior F Maurice Ndour had a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds, junior G Steve Taylor scored 23 points and dished out 4 assists, and senior G Nick Kellogg added 18 points and 9 assists. On the season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.8 ppg on 44.4 percent shooting. Ndour leads the team with 15.3 ppg, followed by Kellogg at 14.5 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Western Michigan improved to 5-3 for 2nd place in the MAC-West after a 75-72 victory over Central Michigan Saturday. The Broncos shot 52.0 percent from the floor and hit 5 of 20 from outside the arc to the Chippewas 41.3 percent from the field and 9 of 29 from distance. W. Michigan also came away with a dominant 33-17 advantage on the boards connected on 18 of 19 from the free throw line. Senior G David Brown scored a game-high 20 points to go with 7 rebounds and senior C Shayne Whittington added 14 points and 8 boards. Through 20 games, the Broncos are averaging 70.5 ppg on 45.0 percent shooting. Brown leads the team with 18.4 ppg, followed by Whittington at 14.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -1 for Western Michigan. These two have yet to face each other this season and there’s little separating these two. Both average close to the same amount of points per outing and shoot at a similar clip as well. W. Michigan gts the lean because they’re at home, though.