Western Michigan Broncos vs. Toledo Rockets - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (16-9) at Western Michigan Broncos (16-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toledo Rockets will travel to University Arena to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Toledo Rockets improved to 17-9 (9-4 MAC) on the season after defeating the Akron Zips, 68-66, this past Wednesday. Toledo shot 45.5% from the field and 21.4% (3-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was Julius Brown who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Toledo is ranked 73rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 101st ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.2 apg) and Justin Drummond (12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg). Toledo is averaging 75.2 ppg (ranked 26th) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 45th). The Rockets are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 177th) on 37.4% three-point shooting (ranked 59th) Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 69.3 ppg (ranked 257th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 207th). The Rockets are holding teams to 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 46th) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 81st).
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The Western Michigan Broncos improved to 16-10 (7-6 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 80-69, this past Wednesday. Western Michigan shot 51.9% from the field and 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Austin Richie who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Western Michigan is ranked 110th in the RPI Standings and has played the 171st ranked SOS. On the season, the Broncos have been led by David Brown (15.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Connar Tava (13.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg). Western Michigan is averaging 71.5 ppg (ranked 78th) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 54th). The Broncos average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 83rd) on 37.0% three-point shooting (ranked 68th). Western Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 68.9 ppg (ranked 250th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 221st). The Broncos are allowing teams to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 237th) and have a turnover margin of 0.7 (ranked 130th).
The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Broncos are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
Toledo bounced back from a tough OT loss at home against Kent State to defeat a difficult Akron team on the road. Western Michigan has won two straight (both at home) and outrebounded the Bobcats in their recent victory by a 36-23 margin. This should be a fun offensive game to watch as both teams can struggle defensively. Western Michigan was able to get an OT victory at Toledo earlier on the season while shooting only 33.3 (8-24) from beyond the arc. Although Toledo has been great on the road as of late, I think Western Michigan will be able to pull this one out at home. I'm taking Western Michigan and the points in this one.