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Toledo Rockets vs Western Michigan Broncos Preview

Western Michigan BroncosToledo Rockets
19-8March 01, 2014, 06:00 | Savage Arena23-5

Toledo looks to cover the Rockets-Broncos pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 23-5 mark when they host Western Michigan in college basketball wagering action.

The Broncos will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 13-10-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Rockets are 9-13-1 ATS. Western Michigan is 13-10 against the total, while Toledo is 15-8 versus the number.

View Western Michigan Broncos vs Toledo Rockets Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Western Michigan before tip-off in this one found them as 6.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rockets rated this week at No. 108 and the Broncos sitting at No. 101.

Western Michigan won its last outing, an 88-81 result against Ball State on February 26. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. Shayne Whittington scored 28 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, leading Western Michigan over Ball State, 88-81, on Wednesday at Worthen Arena.

Last time out for Toledo, they were a 74-66 loser as they battled Northern Illinois on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Rian Pearson went off for 27 points and added 9 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Northern Illinois handed Toledo a 74-66 defeat at NIU Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Toledo has the nation's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 80.46 PPG. The visiting Broncos defense ranks No. 71 allowing on average 66.85 PPG. The Rockets FG% has averaged 47.11% so far, more than the Broncos marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.65% per game.

A few Broncos at Rockets trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 9 games
Western Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Toledo is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Toledo is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toledo's last 11 games
Toledo is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Western Michigan home to Northern Illinois, Tuesday, March 4th
Toledo at Central Michigan, Tuesday, March 4th