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Ohio vs. Western Michigan - 1/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Michigan at Ohio
Date & Time Tuesday January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Convocation Center (OH)
Athens, OH
The Line
Ohio Bobcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to the Convocation Center (OH) to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Western Michigan Broncos lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 6-12 (0-5 MAC-West) on the season after being defeated by Bowling Green Falcons, 79-48, this past Saturday. Western Michigan couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end against the Bowling Green defense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 54-31 margin midway through the 2nd half. Western Michigan shot just 28.1% from the field and 12.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was Seth Dugan who had 8 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 71.5 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Michigan has been led by Michael Flowers (15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.6 apg), Seth Dugan (14.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 bpg), Josh Davis (12.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Kawanise Wilkins (7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -4.1.

The Ohio Bobcats lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 9-8 (1-4 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 75-52, this past Friday. Ohio struggled offensively against the Rockets and couldn’t fight back after the Rockets raced out to a 33-10 lead midway through the 1st half. Ohio shot just 32.2% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Gavin Block who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Ohio is averaging 70.3 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio has been led by Jason Carter (16.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), Teyvion Kirk (15.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Ben Vander Plas (9.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Doug Taylor (7.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg).

Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Broncos are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games vs. MAC opponents and just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. The Bobcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. MAC opponents.

Western Michigan has lost 8 of their last 9 games and has struggled on both ends of the court as they come into this game ranked just 233rd in scoring offense, 265th in FG%, and 247th in scoring defense. Ohio has dropped 5 of their last 7 games and come into this game ranked 262nd in scoring offense, 197th in scoring defense, and 45th in rebound margin.

Both of these teams have been struggling however, I do think Ohio is a better team here and as the Broncos are just 2-7 on the road this season, I think the Bobcats get back on the winning track in this one and does enough to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Ohio Bobcats -7.5

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