NCAA hoops odds preview - Western Michigan vs. Drake
|Western Michigan Broncos||Drake Bulldogs|
|5-4||December 18, 2013, 08:05 | Knapp Center||6-3|
Drake will look to improve on its 6-3 record on Wednesday when they host Western Michigan in NCAA basketball odds action at Knapp Center.
The Broncos will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 4-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS. Western Michigan is 3-4 against the total, while Drake is 3-3 versus the number.
View Western Michigan Broncos vs Drake Bulldogs Odds and Stats.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Drake sat as -6-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bulldogs at No. 67 and the Broncos at No. 174 heading into this contest.
Last time out for Western Michigan, they were a 66-60 loser as they battled Missouri on the road. They covered in the match as a 15.5-point underdog. David Brown scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Broncos to a win (they lost 66-60 to Missouri at Mizzou Arena on Sunday).
Drake was an 81-69 loser in its last match at home against New Mexico State. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Drake suffered an 81-69 loss against New Mexico State on Saturday, getting 21 points from Richard Carter in a losing effort at Knapp Center.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Drake's No. 114-ranked scoring average of 75.11 PPG, against a Broncos defense rated No. 118 and allowing 69 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 46.27% to date this season, more than the Broncos shooters have managed so far (41.63% per game).
Western Michigan home to Prairie View A&M, Saturday, December 21st
Drake at Albany, Monday, December 23rd