Ohio Bobcats (10-13) at Western Michigan Broncos (14-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 4:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -6.5 -- Over/Under:
The Ohio Bobcats will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Ohio Bobcats snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 10-13 (3-8 MAC) on the season after defeating the Akron Zips, 99-75, this past Tuesday. Ohio was outstanding on the offensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 56-34 halftime lead. Ohio has shot 54.2% from the field, 59.3% (16-27) from beyond the arc, and 82.6% (19-23) from the FT-line. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Jordan Dartis who had 38 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Ohio is averaging 75.3 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio has been led by Teyvion Kirk (15.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.6 spg), Mike Laster (14.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jordan Dartis (13.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Gavin Block (9.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg). Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of -3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Western Michigan Broncos improved to 14-10 (6-5 MAC) on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) RedHawks, 68-64, this past Tuesday. Western Michigan trailed by a 61-54 margin with just 5:23 remaining, however, was outstanding defensively down the stretch and secured the victory holding the RedHawks scoreless for the final 2:29 of regulation. Western Michigan shot 43.6% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Broncos was Reggie Jones who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 75.3 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Michigan has been led by Thomas Wilder (18.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.9 spg), Josh Davis (11.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), Reggie Jones (9.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Bryce Moore (9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 3.1.
The Bobcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games however, are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Broncos are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 Saturday games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Ohio has lost 7 of their last 10 games and has struggled on the defensive end as they rank 264th in scoring defense and 299th in rebound margin. Western Michigan has won 3 of their last 4 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as they rank 139th in scoring offense, 170th in scoring defense, and 31st in turnover margin. Ohio is just 1-6 on the road this season however, 3 of their last 4 road losses have come by less of six points and as I liked how the Bobcats offense has looked as of late, I’m taking the Bobcats and the points in this one.