Western Michigan vs. UNC Wilmington - 11/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (5-1) at Western Michigan Broncos (2-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos +5 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the Toledo Rockets, 102-77, this past Sunday. UNC Wilmington went into halftime with a 42-39 lead and used a 23-8 run to start of the 2nd half to pull away for the victory. UNC Wilmington shot 56.7% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 18-4 margin. Leading the way for the Seahawks was Devontae Cacok who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, UNC Wilmington is averaging 81.0 ppg on 46.7% shooting. The Seahawks average 7.5 three-pointers per game on 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Wilmington has been led by Chris Flemmings (17.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 spg), C.J. Bryce (15.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Denzel Ingram (12.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.8 apg), and Devontae Cacok (11.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg). Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 66.5 ppg on 45.4% shooting.
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The Western Michigan Broncos snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 2-4 on the season after defeating the Central Arkansas Bears, 80-63, this past Friday. Western Michigan led by a 35-23 margin at halftime and used a 12-5 late in the game to secure the victory. Western Michigan shot 44.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 20-8 margin. Leading the way for the Broncos was Drake LaMont who had 23 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 73.3 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 4.7 three-pointers per game on 26.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Michigan has been led by Thomas Wilder (15.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 spg), Tucker Haymond (12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg), Drake Lamont (10.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and Brandon Johnson (10.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg). Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field.
The Seahawks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Western Michigan has a talented backcourt in Thomas Wilder and Tucker Haymond however, have struggled on both ends of the court this season as they rank 294th in FG% and 306th in defensive FG%. UNC Wilmington is one of the better mid-major teams in the country this season as they are solid in all aspects of the game and has one of the better players in the CAA in Chris Flemmings. Western Michigan generally plays better at home, however, the Seahawks are the better team in this one and as the Broncos just can’t seem to shoot the ball, I’m taking UNC Wilmington to cover this road spread.