Western Michigan Broncos (0-0) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0)
November 7, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -10.5 / Western Michigan Broncos +10.5; Over/Under: +137.5
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The Western Michigan Broncos and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Monday in college basketball action at the Williams Arena. The Western Michigan Broncos have nowhere to go but up after winning 13 combined games the last 2 years. The Minnesota Golden Gophers after coming off a 13-win season.
The Western Michigan Broncos enter the first season under coach Dwayne Stephens. Lamar Norman Jr. returns after averaging 19.8 points and 3.1 rebounds, while Markeese Hastings averaged 9 points and 1.1 assists. Titus Wright averaged 3.7 rebounds and B. Artis White averaged 2 assists. The Western Michigan Broncos return their top-three scorers from last season, including their best player in Norman, who declared for the NBA Draft at one point.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers enter the second season under coach Ben Johnson. Jamison Battle returns after averaging 17.5 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Treyton Thompson averaged 1.9 points and 1.2 rebounds. Will Ramberg returns after playing for 48 minutes. The Minnesota Golden Gophers return only 3 players who played last season, which means this is a completely new team. Minnesota has 3 transfers in Taurus Samuels from Dartmouth, Dawson Garcia from North Carolina and Ta’Lon Cooper from Morehead State. Braeden Carrington is also a 4-star recruit coming in from Brooklyn Park.
The Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 overall. The over is 5-1 in Golden Gophers last 6 overall.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are still the more talented team, and playing at the Williams Arena is never easy. However, Minnesota lost a ton of production from a year ago, while Western Michigan is more experienced and already has chemistry. This is a dangerous team for a Minnesota team that has a lot of new faces. I’ll grab the points.