Bowling Green vs. Western Michigan - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (9-15) at Bowling Green Falcons (13-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Stroh Center)
The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to the Stroh Center to take on the Bowling Green Falcons this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Western Michigan Broncos lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 9-15 (3-8 MAC West) after being defeated by the Miami (OH) Redhawks, 45-44, this past Tuesday. Western Michigan struggled offensively throughout the game and although they came back from a late seven-point deficit, they couldn’t complete the comeback win. Western Michigan shot just 31.1% from the field and 21.7% (5-23) from beyond the arc. The Broncos held the Redhawks to 33.3% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-9 margin. Leading the way for Western Michigan was Thomas Wilder who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Broncos have been led by Thomas Wilder (18.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Tucker Haymond (16.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), Anthony Avery Jr. (7.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Western Michigan is averaging 73.3 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Broncos average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.95. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 43.7% shooting. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
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The Bowling Green Falcons lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 13-11 (4-7 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 83-68, this past Tuesday. Bowling Green had no answers for Zips three-pointers in this one and allowed the Zips go on a 11-0 run late in the 2nd half to take control of the game and get the win. Bowling Green shot 48.1% from the field however, shot just 57.9% (11-19) from the FT line. The Falcons allowed the Zips to shoot 49.1% from the field and 50.0% (16-32) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Bowling Green was Spencer Parker who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Falcons have been led by Spencer Parker (13.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 apg), Zack Denny (12.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.3 spg), and Wesley Alcegaire (9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg). Offensively, Bowling Green is averaging 71.8 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field and 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Falcons average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.94. Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 41.2% shooting. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 1.9 and average 6.3 steals per game.
The Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Falcons are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Western Michigan has lost 4 of their last 5 games and have struggled on both sides of the ball as they rank just 179th in scoring offense and 218th in scoring defense. Bowling Green has lost 6 of their last 7 games and has really struggled on the offensive end as they’ve averaged just 62 ppg during their 4-game losing streak. Western Michigan has struggled with having Connar Tava due to injury this season and as the Broncos are 0-8 on the road this season, I’m going roll with Bowling Green to cover in this one.