Western Michigan vs. Northeastern - 12/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northeastern Huskies (6-2) at Western Michigan Broncos (3-5)
College Basketball: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Northeastern Huskies will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Northeastern Huskies has their two game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-2 (0-0 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Detroit Titans this past Saturday. Northeastern was able to fight back from a 42-37 deficit at halftime but allowed Detroit to score 8 of the game’s final 12 points in the loss. Northeastern shot 56.8% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc however, committed 24 turnovers. The Huskies allowed the Titans to shoot 48.3% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from three-point range. Leading the way for Northeastern was David Walker who had 29 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Huskies have been led by David Walker (21.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 spg), Quincy Ford (16.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Zach Stahl (12.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 apg). Northeastern is averaging 76.1 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Huskies average 8.5 three-pointers per game on 37.8% three-point shooting. Defensively, Northeastern is allowing opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 46.3% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
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The Western Michigan Broncos lost their 2nd straight game and fell to 3-5 (0-0 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the James Madison Dukes, 63-57, this past Thursday. Western Michigan had a 29-27 halftime lead but allowed James Madison to go on 11-2 run early in the 2nd half to take 44-35 lead and never let the Broncos back in it. Western Michigan shot 33.3% from the field and committed 13 turnovers in the loss. The Broncos allowed the Dukes to shoot 35.7% from the field and 28.6% (8-28) from three-point range. Western Michigan was led by Thomas Wilders who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. On the season, the Broncos have been led by Thomas Wilder (15.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.9 apg), Tucker Haymond (15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Kellen McCormick (9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg). Offensively, Western Michigan is averaging 69.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Broncos average 7.0 three-pointers on 38.6% three-point shooting. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 69.0 ppg on 41.6% shooting. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Huskies are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games following a ATS. The Broncos are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Northeastern is one of the more talented teams in the CAA this season and although they are a very good shooting team, they’ll need to protect the ball better as turnovers cost them in their recent game against Detroit. Western Michigan is without their best player in Connar Tava and will need to continue to find offense as they are averaging just 66 ppg in their five loses. Northeastern has proven they can win on the road after defeating the Miami Hurricanes and as long as they limit their turnovers, I think the guard play of the Huskies will lead them to the victory. I’m taking Northeastern to cover this small spread.