UNC Wilmington vs. Western Michigan - 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (2-0) vs. UNC Wilmington Seahawks (2-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Trask Coliseum)
The Line: UNC Wilmington -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC Wilmington Seahawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Western Michigan Broncos were able to rebound from their opening season loss at DePaul to improve to 1-1 (0-0 MAC) on the season after defeating the San Diego Toreros 74-62 this past Tuesday. The Broncos used a strong second half in which they outscored the Toreros by a 46-28 margin to overcome a 6-point halftime deficit in the win. Western Michigan shot 44.0% from the field and got to the FT line 38 times in which they shot 65.8% (25-38). The Broncos held the Toreros to 41.1% shooting from the field and outrebounded San Diego by a 45-26 margin. Leading the way for Western Michigan were Tucker Haymond who had 17 points, 6 rebounds and Anthony Avery Jr who had 9 points, 12 rebounds. On the season, the Broncos have been led by Tucker Haymond (20.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Thomas Wilder (14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg), and Drake LaMont (6.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg). Western Michigan is still without their best player in Connor Tava (12.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.3 apg) who is currently sidelined with a broken foot. Offensively, Western Michigan is shooting 40.4% from the field and averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game over its first two games. Defensively, the Broncos are allowing their opponents to shot 43.3% from the field and currently have a -1.5 turnover margin.
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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks improved to 2-0 (0-0 CAA) on the season after they defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 78-59 this past Monday. The Seahawks used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to take a 15 point lead in the contest and remained in control for the remainder of the game. UNC Wilmington was able to shoot 44.6% from the field however, struggled a bit from beyond the arc hitting just 28.0% (7-25) of their three-pointers. The Seahawks held the Colonials to 33.3% shooting from the field and forced Eastern Kentucky into committing 19 turnovers. UNC Wilmington was led by Craig Ponder who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Also chipping in for the Seahawks was Dylan Sherwood who had 16 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, UNC Wilmington has been led by Craig Ponder (25.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg. 3.5 apg), Denzel Ingram (15.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg) and Dylan Sherwood (11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Offensively, over their first two games, the Seahawks are shooting 45.7% from the field while averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game. Defensively, UNC Wilmington is holding opponents to 33.6% shooting from the field and current has a 12.5 turnover margin.
The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The Seahawks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Western Michigan has started off the season with two wins, but things haven’t been easy for the Broncos as they are still trying to replace their leading scorer from last season in David Brown (15.3 ppg) and are still without Connar Tava due to his injury. UNC Wilmington showed great improvement last year winning 18 games (only had 9 wins in 2013-14) and with Craig Ponder and Dylan Sherwood, seems to be heading in the right direction and could be a dark horse team in the CAA this season. UNC Wilmington has been great defensively so far this season while the Broncos have struggled, and as the Seahawks are good at home, I think they win this one and cover the small spread. Take UNC Wilmington to cover.