Western Michigan Broncos (15-10) at Bowling Green Falcons (15-10)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Bowling Green Falcons +2 -- Over/Under: 148
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to the Stroh Center to take on the Bowling Green Falcons this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Western Michigan Broncos won their 2nd straight game and improved to 15-10 (7-5 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 69-60, this past Saturday. Western Michigan led by a 26-21 margin at halftime and pulled away late in the 2nd half after a 11-2 Broncos run gave Western Michigan a 63-55 lead with 2:37 left in regulation. Western Michigan shot just 37.9% from the field and 25.0% (6-24) from beyond the arc, however, did force Ohio into committing 20 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Thomas Wilder who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 75.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Michigan has been led by Thomas Wilder (18.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.9 spg), Josh Davis (10.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), Reggie Jones (10.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Brandon Johnson (9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg). Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Bowling Green Falcons improved to 15-10 (6-6 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 70-63 in OT, this past Saturday. Bowling Green fought back from a 38-21 deficit at halftime to force overtime, and easily pulled away in overtime after a 5-0 run gave the Falcons a 68-63 lead with just 0:29 seconds left. Bowling Green shot 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc and outrebounded Eastern Michigan by a 43-32 margin in the win. Leading the way for the Falcons was Demajeo Wiggins who had a double-double with 17 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Bowling Green is averaging 76.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Falcons are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Justin Turner (14.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg), Demajeo Wiggins (13.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg), Dylan Frye (12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Rodrick Caldwell (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.1 apg). Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 76.5 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Broncos are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Falcons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Western Michigan has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been a balanced team this season as the Broncos currently rank T-141st in scoring offense and 161st in scoring defense. Bowling Green has struggled defensively on the season as they currently rank just 280th in scoring defense, however, the Falcons have won 3 of their last 4 games and during that stretch has held their opponents to an average of just 58.5 ppg. Western Michigan has the best player on the court in Thomas Wilder however, Bowling Green has looked great defensively as of late and as they’ve been great ATS at home this season, I’m taking Bowling Green and the points in this one.