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Western Michigan BroncosNorthwestern Wildcats
5-2December 07, 2013, 05:00 | Welsh-Ryan Arena4-5

The Northwestern Wildcats will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Western Michigan Broncos at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Broncos will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 3-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 2-6 ATS. Western Michigan is 3-2 against the total, while Northwestern is 3-5 versus the number.

View Western Michigan Broncos vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Northwestern in this one found them as -9-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 174-ranked Wildcats and the No. 181-rated Broncos in this matchup.

In their last action, Western Michigan was an 83-70 winner at home against Cornell. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites. The Broncos grabbed an 83-70 win over the Big Red on Friday, behind a 16-point effort from Connar Tava at University Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northwestern's No. 218-ranked offense, averaging 68.44 PPG, against a Broncos defense that ranks No. 162 at 72 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 42.89% so far, less than the Broncos marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.92% per game.

A few Broncos at Wildcats trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Western Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Western Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games
Northwestern is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Western Michigan at Missouri, Sunday, December 15th
Northwestern at Miss Valley State, Monday, December 16th