Western Michigan Broncos vs Ohio Bobcats Prediction, 1/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Ohio Bobcats
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Location: Convocation Center in Athens, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Western Michigan (+11.5)
Convocation Center is the site where and the Ohio Bobcats (8-6) will play the Western Michigan Broncos (2-9) on Tuesday. Ohio opens this game as 11.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 141.5.
Western Michigan comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 2-9 on the season. They are turning it over 14.6 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 16.5 fouls per contest. As a unit, Western Michigan is snagging 33.8 rebounds per game and has accounted for 119 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 297th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Broncos are shooting 32.0% on 3-pointers (66 of 206) and 65.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 63.5 pts per contest (320th in the country) while shooting 43.7% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Broncos are able to force 10.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.8 fouls. They are 45th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 115 surrendered on the campaign. The Broncos defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 42.9% (286 of 666) and they relinquish 34.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They concede 31.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 189th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (70.5).
The Western Michigan Broncos faced the Akron Zips and took a loss by a final of 79-68 in their last game. Western Michigan wrapped up the contest having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (27 out of 56) and converted 5 out of their 16 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Broncos converted 9 of 12 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. With regard to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 20 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 10 assists for the contest in addition to having 3 steals and 2 blocks. Regarding defending, Western Michigan let their opponent shoot 48.2% from the floor on 27 of 56 shooting. Akron totaled 10 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Zips pulled down 28 boards (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Akron went 74.2% at the charity stripe by converting 23 of 31 attempts. They converted 10 of 30 shots from beyond the arc.
Greg Lee is one player who came through for the matchup. He accumulated 22 points on 10 out of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 31 minutes played and also totaled 4 rebounds. Lee ended up going 58.8% from the floor and also earned 4 assists. Someone else that was a factor in the matchup for the Broncos was Adrian Martin. He pulled down 2 boards and also tallied 2 assists. He finished the game at 57.1% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 4-of-7 (11 points). Overall, Martin was on the hardwood for 17 min.
Ohio has a record of 8-6 on the campaign. Ohio has 1,122 pts so far this year (80.1 per game) and they collect 32.9 rebounds per game. The Bobcats are committing 16.3 fouls per game and they hit 68.9% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Bobcats are hitting on 48.1% from the floor, which ranks 44th in the nation. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 18.1 times per game (12th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.8 times per contest. The Bobcats defensively are ranked 273rd in the nation in points per game surrendered with 74.6. They relinquish 14.9 dimes and 33.7 total boards per game, which is ranked 292nd and 111th in D-1. The Ohio defense allows 36.5% on 3-pointers (115 of 315) and opponents are making 77.3% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (273rd in the nation).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Ohio Bobcats walked away with a victory by a final of 85-77 when they played the Ball State Cardinals. The Bobcats earned 28 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards for a total of 44 in this game. They turned away 3 shots while recording 7 steals for this contest. The Cardinals had 27 fouls in this game which took the Bobcats to the charity stripe for 35 tries. They were able to knock down 26 of the free throws for a percentage of 74.3%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Ohio made 5 of 22 attempts (22.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Bobcats finished shooting 27 out of 63 from the field which gave them a rate of 42.9%. The Bobcats allowed the Cardinals to make 25 of 61 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.0% for the contest. They finished 46.2% from three-point range by going 12 out of 26 and ended up shooting 15 of 19 at the free throw line (78.9%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Ohio permitted Ball State to grab 31 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Mark Sears was important for the Bobcats in the matchup. He buried 5 of 10 for the contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 19 points. Sears snagged 5 rebounds in his 24 mins and earned 2 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Ohio was Dwight Wilson. He totaled 18 points in 28 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 of 7 from the floor for the game. Wilson ended the game having shot 100.0% from the floor as well as collecting 2 dimes and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Western Michigan (+11.5)
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