MAC foes will collide when the Ohio Bobcats (11-12, 3-7 MAC) square off against the Western Michigan Broncos (11-12, 4-6 MAC) at the Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ohio Bobcats Betting Preview
In the Broncos’ last outing, they were victorious over the Ball State Cardinals, 68-64. Brandon Johnson was the game’s high scorer with 29 points on 12-for-14 shooting. The Broncos had a solid free throw rate of 0.310 (above their season average of 0.284) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.655 (above their season average of 0.487).
The Bobcats will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the Miami (OH) RedHawks in their last matchup, 77-46. Ohio’s Jason Preston played a massive role in the victory, collecting 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on his way to his zeroth triple-double of the year. Ohio played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.574 (above their season average of 0.518) and a free throw rate of 0.278 (above their season average of 0.181). For those same stats, Miami (OH) was 0.298 and 0.211, respectively.
When looking at effective field goal percentage, Ohio should have a significant edge. The sweet-shooting Bobcats offense ranks 89th in the country in that metric at 0.520, while the Western Michigan defense is ranked 206th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.495).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Broncos won 77-65. Western Michigan was effective at getting to and converting from the free throw line. The Broncos made 24 of their 28 free throws (85.7 percent), while the Bobcats were 9-11 (81.8 percent). Johnson was a top performer in the victory, with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ohio Bobcats Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Ohio, ATS Winner – Ohio, O/U – Under
The Broncos rank 48th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Bobcats rank 118th (6.5).
Ohio ranks 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Western Michigan ranks 62nd (2.9).
Ohio ranks 61st in assists per game (14.6) while Western Michigan ranks 234th (11.2).
The Bobcats rank 99th in rebounds allowed per game (33.7) while the Broncos rank 236th (37.5).
Ohio averages 24.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 68th in the country. Western Michigan ranks 182nd in three pointers allowed per game (22.9).
The Bobcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.4, down from 2.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Broncos have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (3.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (1.2 below their season average).