Saturday, January 28, 2017
John E. Worthen Arena
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The Western Michigan Broncos head to John E. Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 7 point favorites.
The Broncos come into this game with an overall record of 6-13 and a road record of 0-7. They are 9-7 against the spread and their over/under record is 10-6. The Cardinals have an overall record of 13-7 and a home record of 7-3. They have an over/under record of 14-2 and they are 7-8 against the spread.
Thomas Wilder comes into this contest averaging 17.6 points per game while playing 31 minutes per night so far this season for the Broncos. He pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Tucker Haymond averages 13.7 points per game in 30.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.8 assists per contest and 4.4 rebounds per game for Western Michigan. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 72%.
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Tayler Persons averages 15.3 points per game while playing 28.8 minutes per contest this year for the Cardinals. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per game and has 4.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 76%. Franko House averages 12.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.4 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Western Michigan averages 73.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 154th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is -5.5 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 123rd. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 31st in the country. They average 33.6 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game which ranks them 281st and 157th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 134th with 12.9 per game. The Broncos allow 79.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 303rd in the nation. They also allow a 50% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 344th and 316th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.2 rebounds a game which ranks 64th and they give up 15.8 assists per contest which puts them in 317th place in the country. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 207th in Division 1.
Ball State averages 79.1 points per game this year which ranks them 47th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 4.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 70th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 108th in the nation. They average 39.1 rebounds per game and 15.5 assists per contest which ranks them 33rd and 55th respectively. In the turnover department the Cardinals rank 329th with 15.6 per game. The Cardinals allow 74.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 217th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 55th and 136th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 35.2 rebounds a game which ranks 151st and they give up 11.8 assists per contest which puts them in 65th place in the nation. The Cardinals force 13.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 153rd in college basketball.
The Broncos average 67 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 71.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -14.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -9.3 per contest. The Broncos have an offensive rating of 104.2 and they assist on 48.8% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 71.5 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 28% of their shots. Western Michigan turns the ball over an average of 15.6 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 8.7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.1% while their offensive rebound percentage is 33%. The Broncos give up 81.4 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 80.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Cardinals score 77.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 86.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 6 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 7.4 points per game. The Cardinals have a rating on offense of 108 and 58.1% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 72.9 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they attempt 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Ball State turns it over an average of 18.2 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.4% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 32.9%. The Cardinals give up 69.8 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 80.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Western Michigan Broncos Betting Trends
The Western Michigan Broncos are 9-7 against the spread
The Western Michigan Broncos are 10-6 against the over/under
Ball State Cardinals Betting Trends
The Ball State Cardinals are 7-8 against the spread
The Ball State Cardinals are 14-2 against the over/under
Western Michigan Broncos Injuries
12/12/16 G Joeviair Kennedy Legal problems dismissed from team
11/30/16 G Ryan Wade Knee out for season
Ball State Cardinals Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Ball State -7
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