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Western Michigan Broncos vs Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Preview

Miami (Ohio) RedHawksWestern Michigan Broncos
9-13February 15, 2014, 04:30 | University Arena15-8

University Arena will host Western Michigan Broncos vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The RedHawks will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 12-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Broncos are 9-10-1 ATS. Miami (Ohio) is 11-9 on the totals; Western Michigan is 11-8.

View Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Western Michigan sat as -7-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game puts the Broncos, most recently No. 231 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the RedHawks, who rate No. 145 in the latest survey.

Miami (Ohio) was a 75-62 loser in their most recent outing at home against Buffalo. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Miami (Ohio) got 17 points from Jaryd Eustace but lost anyway, 75-62, to Buffalo on Wednesday at Millett Hall.

Western Michigan was a 57-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Akron. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Western Michigan earned a 57-54 victory over Akron on Wednesday, getting 17 points from David Brown at University Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Michigan's No. 154-ranked scoring average of 70.87 PPG, against a RedHawks defense rated No. 154 and allowing 70.73 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 45.76% to date this season, more than the RedHawks shooters have managed so far (43.96% per game).

A few RedHawks at Broncos trends to consider:
Miami (Ohio) is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
Miami (Ohio) is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Miami (Ohio) is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Miami (Ohio) is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Western Michigan is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Western Michigan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 5 games
Western Michigan is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Miami (Ohio) home to Kent State, Wednesday, February 19th
Western Michigan at Ohio, Wednesday, February 19th