The Western Michigan Broncos and the Northwestern Wildcats meet in college basketball action from the Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday night.
Western Michigan Remains Winless
The Western Michigan Broncos come into this one looking to bounce back from a 77-70 loss to Georgia State last time out. B. Artis White has posted 20 PPG and 4 APG while Seth Hubbard has 13.5 PPG with 2.5 APG this season. Jefferson De La Cruz Monegro has 10 PPG with 2 APG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Western Michigan so far this season. Titus Wright also has 9 PPG with a team-high 8 RPG to lead the Broncos on the glass up to this point in the year. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 73 PPG on 42.4% shooting from the field, 40.4% from behind the arc and 60% from the foul line this season.
Northwestern Improves To 2-0
The Northwestern Wildcats come into this one looking to build on a 71-66 win over Dayton last time out. Boo Buie leads the Wildcats in scoring with 21 PPG along with 3 APG while Ryan Langborg has 16 PPG with 2.5 APG and Brooks Barnhizer has 15.5 PPG with a team-high 11.5 RPG to lead the Wildcats on the glass, rounding out the trio of double-digit scorers for Northwestern this season by averaging a double-double per game. Matthew Nicholson also has a team-high 3.5 APG as well this season. As a team, Northwestern is averaging 71.5 PPG on 44.6% shooting from the field, 31.3% from three and 80.5% from the foul line this season.
I’m going to take a shot with WMU here. I get why Northwestern’s a big favorite here, and the Wildcats have in fact looked solid out of the gate so far, but this feels a tad much as Western Michigan’s been fairly competitive in their action this season albeit in a losing effort. I think this one’s a comfortable win for Northwestern, but more like a 17-point win. Give me the Broncos and the points here.