NCAA hoops odds preview - Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan
Central Michigan Chippewas vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds
College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Chippewas of Central Michigan hit the hard court against the Broncos of Western Michigan.
The Broncos are 18-11 so far on the season, and 13-11-1 ATS vs. the number. The Chippewas, meanwhile, are 11-18 and 13-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Western Michigan go 10-8-3 and the Chippewas go 15-8-1 on the totals.
The visitors opened as 11.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 90-rated Broncos and the No. 322-ranked Chippewas, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 71-63 result in favor of the Broncos.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Michigan's No. 187-ranked offense, averaging 67 PPG, against a Chippewas defense that ranks No. 294 at 71.8 PPG. The Broncos field goal percentage has averaged 43% so far, more than the Chippewas marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.7% per game.
Defensively, Central Michigan features the nation's No. 307-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.9 points per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 132 nationally in scoring at home.
Central Michigan won its last outing, a 61-59 result against Eastern Michigan on March 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Kyle Randall scored 23 points leading the Chippewas to a 61-59 victory over Eastern Michigan at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday.
In their last action, Western Michigan was an 89-85 loser at home against Ball State. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites. Western Michigan got 28 points and 12 rebounds from Shayne Whittington in a losing cause in their 89-85 loss to Ball State on Tuesday.
Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing Eastern Michigan are 4-6
After a win are 3-7
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Ball State are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5
A few Chippewas at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Michigan's last 6 games on the road
Central Michigan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Central Michigan is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Central Michigan is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Western Michigan is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Central Michigan
Western Michigan is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Michigan's last 6 games at home
Western Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Central Michigan