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Western Michigan vs. IUPU Fort Wayne - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (9-4) at Western Michigan Broncos (5-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (University Arena)

The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The IPFW Mastodons will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The IPFW Mastodons won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-4 (0-0 Summit) on the season after defeating the Stetson Hatters, 95-89, this past Saturday.  IPFW used a strong 2nd half in which they outscored Stetson by a 61-49 margin to overcome a 6-point halftime deficit in the victory. IFPW shot 59.4% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc. The Mastodons struggled defensively as they allowed the Hatters to shoot 55.4% from the field and 69.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for IPFW was Joe Reed who had 30 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Mastodons have been led by Mo Evans (16.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.3 apg), Max Landis (14.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Joe Reed (11.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, IPFW is averaging 73.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mastodons average 9.6 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, IPFW is allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

Western Michigan vs. IUPU Fort Wayne - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Michigan Broncos won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-5 (0-0 MAC West) on the season after defeating the NAIA Marygrove College Mustangs, 101-59, on December 12th. Western Michigan took complete control of this game early taking a 58-23 halftime lead. Western Michigan shot 53.8% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc. The Broncos were outstanding defensively as they held the Mustangs to 29.6% shooting from the field and 16.7% (5-30) from three-point range. Leading the way for Western Michigan was Seth Dugan who had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Broncos have been led by Tucker Haymond (16.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), Thomas Wilder (15.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Anthony Avery Jr. (7.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Offensively, Western Michigan is averaging 74.7 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field and 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Broncos average 7.4 three-points per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 0.89. Defensively, Western Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 69.7 ppg on 40.6% shooting. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Mastodons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. MAC and 52-20-4 ATS in their last 76 games overall. The Broncos are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

IPFW has a great backcourt in Mo Evans and Max Landis and although they didn’t put up much of a fight against Utah and Indiana, the Mastodons should be one of the better teams in the Summit. Western Michigan has played well as of late even without one of the best players in the MAC in Connar Tava. The Broncos can light it up behind the arc however, I think the Mastodons backcourt will cause the Broncos some trouble and that they’ll be able to cover with the points. Take IPFW and the points. 

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