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NCAA hoops odds preview - Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan

Central Michigan ChippewasWestern Michigan Broncos
March 9, 12:00 PM | University Arena

Central Michigan Chippewas vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds

11-18TEAM RECORD18-11

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.

View Central Michigan vs Western Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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