Northwestern vs. Western Michigan - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (6-3) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Western Michigan Broncos and Northwestern Wildcats play Saturday afternoon at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Western Michigan Broncos have split their last six games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 74.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting and is allowing 71.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Connar Tava is averaging 16.1 points and 3.7 assists while Austin Richie is averaging 13.8 points on 52.8 percent shooting. Tucker Haymond is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game and David Brown is shooting 43.5 percent from the field. The Western Michigan Broncos are one of the top offensive teams in the country, which includes four players averaging double-digit points and a team that shoots 71.7 percent from the free throw line and 41.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Western Michigan is forcing 15.2 turnovers and allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep.
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The Northwestern Wildcats would love to stop the bleeding after losing four of their last five. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 65 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Alex Olah is averaging 11.6 points and seven rebounds while Tre Demps is averaging 10.3 points on 34.5 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is the third player averaging double-digit points and Sanjay Lumpkin is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are a defensive minded team that’s forcing 11.9 turnovers and allowing no more than 67 points in nine of their 10 games this season. Offensively, Northwestern is shooting 69.5 percent from the line and 34 percent from downtown.
The Broncos are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. win and 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Northwestern will lose this game outright if Western Michigan gets its shots to fall. The Broncos have many weapons on the floor that will give Northwestern fits and there could be an upset here. Give me Western Michigan and the points.