Western Michigan Broncos (6-22) vs. Bowling Green Falcons (12-16)
February 26, 2022 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -8.5 / Western Michigan Broncos +8.5; Over/Under: 154.5
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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 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-22 on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 92-50, this past Tuesday. Western Michigan trailed by just a 41-36 margin at halftime, however, the Broncos had no answers on either end of the court in the 2nd half for Toledo and could not fight back after the Rockets opened the 2nd half on a 28-0 run. Western Michigan shot 27.7% from the field & 27.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Toledo to shoot 51.4% from the field. & 40.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Broncos was Markeese Hastings who had 9 points, 7 rebounds, & 3 assists.
On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 64.8 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Michigan has been led by Lamar Norman Jr. (19.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg), Markeese Hastings (8.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.2 apg), B. Artis White (7.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg), & Mileek McMillian (7.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg).
Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of -3.2 and a turnover margin of -3.9.
The Bowling Green Falcons lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 12-16 on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 82-68, this past Tuesday. Bowling Green trailed by a 36-32 margin at halftime and could not fight back after Akron took a 72-56 lead with 5:30 left in regulation. Bowling Green shot 52.9% from the field & 29.4% from beyond the arc while allowing Akron to shoot 54.0% from the field & 38.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Falcons was Samari Curtis who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Bowling Green is averaging 81.6 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Falcons are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Daeqwon Plowden (15.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Myron Gordon (11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Joe Reece (11.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 spg), & Samari Curtis (9.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg). Bowling Green will not have either Myron Gordon or Joe Reece available as both players were dismissed from the program.
Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 80.1 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
The Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. Bowling Green. The Falcons are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games & 5-7 ATS in their last 12 home games.
Western Michigan has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Broncos come into this game ranked 313rd in scoring offense, 321st in scoring defense, & 321st in defensive FG%. Bowling Green has been led by their offense that ranks 7th in scoring offense, however, the Falcons defense has had all sorts of issues this season and currently rank just 346th in scoring defense & 258th in defensive FG%.
Western Michigan has just 6 wins on the season, however, outside of their recent loss against Toledo, the Broncos have played better as of late which includes an impressive OT win vs. Akron. Bowling Green has lost 6 of their last 7 games and as the Falcons have really struggled since losing two key contributors in Myron Gordon & Joe Reece, I think Western Michigan will be able to give Bowling Green some trouble and do enough with the points to get us a cover. Good Luck!