Looking to win big? The Broncos and Bobcats face off at 6:30 ET on ESPN+. The Bobcats are hosting the game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. The over/under for this game is set at 147 points, and Ohio is favored by -8.5 vs. Western Michigan in a Mid-American conference matchup.


The Pick: Western Michigan Broncos +8.5

This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 6:30 ET on Thursday, March 14th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Bobcats.
  • Even though we have Ohio winning straight-up, we like Western Michigan at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Broncos Lock in a Win at Cleveland?

Western Michigan has struggled on the road this season, posting a 2-12 record away from home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -11.9 points per game, and they enter this game on a seven-game losing streak on the road. So far this season, Western Michigan has been the underdog in 21 of their 31 games, going 7-14 in those contests.

After their 90-84 win over Akron, the Broncos’ record now stands at 12-19. Over their last 10 games on the road, Western Michigan has gone 3-7, and their record over their last five road games is 1-4. For the season, they have an average scoring margin of -11.9 points per game on the road.

As the underdog this season, Western Michigan has gone 13-8 vs. the spread. On the road, the Broncos have an ATS mark of 7-7 this year and are 6-4 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread. Over their last three games as the underdog, Western Michigan is 3-0 ATS.

This season, the over/under record for Western Michigan games is 13-16 and the average over/under line in their games is 144. Today’s over/under line of 147 is higher than the average OU line in their games. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 154 points and their over/under record over their last 10 games is 4-6.

Western Michigan’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 90 points vs. Akron. Overall, they hit 50.9% of their shots from the field and went 26/35 from the free-throw line. On the offensive front, the Broncos have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 281st nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 221st in terms of percentage and 136th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Western Michigan defense is giving up an average of 74.6 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Ohio, the Western Michigan defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Western Michigan made 26 free-throws vs. the Broncos.

Can Ohio Lock in a Home Win?

Ohio has been dominant at home this season, going 13-5 compared to 5-7 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +6.6 compared to +1.6 on the road.

The Bobcats have won eight straight games at home and are 17-8 when favored this season. They are 13-5 in conference play compared to 6-7 in non-conference games.

As the favorite this season, Ohio has gone 14-11 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bobcats have an ATS mark of 9-1. At home, Ohio is 10-8 vs. the spread this year.

Ohio’s over/under record for the season is 13-17 and today’s line of 147 is just below the average over/under in their games this season (149.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 3-7.

The Ohio offense is coming off a game where they scored 72 points against Miami (OH). They posted a field goal percentage of 38.5% and connected on 9 threes. Offensively, the Bobcats have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 130th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 87th in percentage and 39th in three-pointers made.

Ohio’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 70.6 points per game. Against Miami (OH), the Bobcats’ defense gave up 59 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Miami (OH) only made 8 free-throws.