Western Michigan vs. Bowling Green - 1/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bowling Green Falcons (12-7) at Western Michigan Broncos (8-11)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Bowling Green Falcons will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Tuesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Bowling Green Falcons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-7 (3-3 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Kent State Golden Flashes, 62-59, this past Saturday. Bowling Green struggled offensively in the first half and couldn’t fight their way all the way back after being down 30-19 at halftime. Bowling Green shot 37.5% shooting from the field and 26.7% (4-15) from beyond the arc. The Falcons held the Golden Flashes to 21.4% (3-14) shooting form beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Kent State by a 44-38 margin. Leading the way for Bowling Green was Spencer Parker who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. On the season, the Falcons have been led by Spencer Parker (14.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Zack Denny (13.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.5 spg), and Wesley Alcegaire (9.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Offensively, Bowling Green is averaging 73.4 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Falcons average 6.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.01. Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 40.6% shooting. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 2.0 and 6.3 steals per game.
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The Western Michigan Broncos improved to 8-11 (2-4 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Buffalo Bulls, 91-71, this past Saturday. Western Michigan was great offensively in the first half and had little trouble getting the victory after taking a 48-30 halftime lead. Western Michigan shot an impressive 50.9% shooting from the field and 61.9% (13-21) from beyond the arc. The Broncos allowed the Bulls to shoot 44.4% from the field and 22.2% (4-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Western Michigan was Tucker Haymond who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Broncos have been led by Thomas Wilder (17.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Tucker Haymond (17.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Anthony Avery Jr. (7.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg). Offensively, Western Michigan is averaging 74.2 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Broncos average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 43.6% shooting. The Broncos average 5.9 steals per game and have a rebound margin of 4.1.
The Falcons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Broncos are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games vs a team with a winning road record however, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
Western Michigan has struggled a bit this season without one of their stars, Connar Tava who is currently out with a foot injury, and has struggled a bit defensively ranking 213th in scoring defense. Bowling Green has one of the better defenses in the MAC as they rank 66th in defensive FG% and is 3-0 on the road in conference play this season. Western Michigan has been getting great production out of Thomas Wilder and Tucker Haymond however, they’ve haven’t shot the ball well as a team this season and I think the defense of the Falcons will be able keep this one close. Take Bowling Green and the points.