Western Michigan Broncos at DePaul Blue Demons - 11/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (0-0) at DePaul Blue Demons (0-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
The Line: DePaul Blue Demons -6 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports Networks
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to play the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday.
The DePaul Blue Demons finished eighth in the Big East last season with a record of 12-20 (6-12 in conference). DePaul averaged 69.4 points per game while giving up 73.6 points per game. DePaul allowed the most points in the Big East last season and will look to improve their defense in this new campaign. DePaul is returning 3 of their 5 leading scorers from last season. Billy Garrett Jr. was DePaul’s leading scorer last season with 12.3 points per game, 3.9 assists per game, and 2.4 rebounds per game. Tommy Hamilton IV is their 6’11’’ center that averaged 10 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game last season for DePaul. DePaul beat Caldwell in an exhibition game last week 82-52. Tommy Hamilton IV led the scoring for DePaul with 13 points.
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The Western Michigan Broncos finished third in the MAC West last season with a record of 20-14 (10-8 in conference). Western Michigan averaged 70.6 points per game while giving up 69.2 points per game last season. Western Michigan is returning 3 of their top 5 leading scorers from last season. Connar Tava is the highest leading returning for Western Michigan but he is out with an injury. Tucker Haymond will look to lead the Broncos; he averaged 11.8 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game last season. Western Michigan beat Kalamazoo College 107-50 in an exhibition game last week. Freshman Bryce Moore led Western Michigan with 16 points.
Western Michigan ended last season 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under was 4-0 in Western Michigan’s last 4 road games last season. DePaul is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The over is 8-1 in DePaul’s last 9 non-conference games. The over is 6-2 in DePaul’s last 8 games against the MAC.
Western Michigan looks like they will be an average team this year, but they need to get Tava healthy if they want to make a push for the MAC title. DePaul hasn’t been very good in years, but will have nice experience and leadership with the players that are returning from last year’s team. I am picking DePaul to win this one at home.