Western Michigan Broncos vs Iowa State Cyclones Prediction, 12/18/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2022
Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Iowa State Cyclones (8-2) will try to beat the Western Michigan Broncos (3-7) at James H. Hilton Coliseum on Sunday.
The Western Michigan Broncos took the court against UIC and ended up losing by a score of 62-56 in their last contest. In reference to fouls, the Broncos ended up with 16 and UIC accumulated 9 fouls. They also made 9 out of their 29 attempts from 3-point land. UIC shot 73.3% from the charity stripe by making 11 of 15 attempts. On top of that, UIC grabbed 19 rebounds (1 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't notch a block. UIC totaled 14 assists and had 6 steals for this game. When discussing the defense, Western Michigan allowed the other team to shoot 38.2% from the floor on 21 out of 55 shooting. They also distributed 11 assists in this contest while forcing 7 turnovers and having 3 steals. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 48 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the free throw line, the Broncos buried 3 of their 4 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. Western Michigan finished with a 39.3% field goal percentage (24 of 61) and made 5 out of their 15 shots from 3-point land.
Tafari Simms is someone who was a major factor for the matchup. He notched 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting. He played 28 mins and also collected 12 boards. He finished shooting 71.4% from the floor and also earned 1 assist.
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Western Michigan enters this one with a mark of 3-7 so far this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 15.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Western Michigan is pulling in 39.6 boards per contest and has accounted for 134 dimes on the year, which is 242nd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Broncos are shooting 32.3% on 3-pointers (72 of 223) and 70.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 70.5 points per contest (226th in the nation) while going 45.1% from the field.
On defense, the Broncos are able to force 10.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 13.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 36.5% on three-point shots while they are 207th in college hoops in opponents PPG (69.7). The Broncos defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.1% (256 of 567) and they concede 29.3 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 248th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 144 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the Iowa State Cyclones got the win with a final of 77-60 against McNeese State. The Cyclones snagged 18 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 26 for this contest. They also coughed up the ball 14 times, while earning 9 steals in the game. McNeese State had 20 fouls in this matchup which took the Cyclones to the charity stripe for 12 tries. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a percentage of 58.3%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Iowa State knocked down 10 out of 18 tries (55.6%). In all, the Cyclones went 30 for 55 from the floor which had them shooting 54.5%. The Cyclones permitted McNeese State to make 19 of their 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.8% for this game. They finished 18.8% from beyond the arc by connecting on 3 out of 16 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 25 at the free throw line (76.0%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Iowa State allowed McNeese State to get 34 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Aljaz Kunc pitched in for the Cyclones for the contest. He earned 21 points in his 35 mins on the court and had 3 dimes for this game. He converted 8 of 12 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and accounted for 8 rebounds.
Iowa State has a win-loss mark of 8-2 for the year. As an offensive team, the Cyclones are shooting 44.8% from the field, which has them ranked 176th in the country. Iowa State has totaled 707 pts this season (70.7 per game) and they average 33.8 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.8 times per contest (60th in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 13.0 times per contest. The Cyclones have committed 18.6 fouls every game and they shoot 68.8% from the charity stripe.
The Iowa State defense gives up 29.6% on 3-point attempts (66 of 223) and their opposition makes 72.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 10.3 dimes and 33.5 rebounds per contest, ranking them 41st and 142nd in Division 1. The Cyclones on the defensive side of the court are 8th in the country in points allowed per game with 56.9. They are forcing 21.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 38.5% from the field (33rd in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Western Michigan
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