The Western Michigan Broncos (4-4) will be at home in University Arena in Read Fieldhouse when they take on the Cleveland State Vikings (2-5). Western Michigan opened as a 13-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 137.5 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Cleveland State Vikings at Western Michigan Broncos Free Preview
The Vikings lost to the Kent State Golden Flashes in their last game, 72-62. With 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting, Anthony Wright was the top scorer from either team. Kent State had a turnover percentage of 10.7 (better than their season average of 14.5). Cleveland State, on the other hand, held the Golden Flashes to an effective field goal percentage of 0.434 (below their season average of 0.499).
In the Broncos last game, they were topped by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 78-73. Thomas Wilder was Western Michigan’s high scorer with 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Oakland had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.3 (above their season average of 26.0). Western Michigan, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (12.9 vs. 17.9).
The offensive glass should be a huge advantage for Western Michigan in this showdown. The Broncos rank 98th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.0 percent), while Cleveland State ranks 299th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.2 percent) since last season.
Of Cleveland State’s 5 games that accepted bets, three have finished under the projected point total, while 3 of Western Michigan’s 6 games have finished under the projected point total. The Broncos have the superior straight up (SU) record (4-4 vs. 2-5), but the Vikings hold the clear advantage against the spread (ATS) (2-3 vs. 2-4).
The Vikings won the only contest against the Broncos last season, 85-62. The Vikings dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.5 and a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.655. The Broncos had marks of 21.8 and 0.510, respectively, for those same stats.
Cleveland State Vikings at Western Michigan Broncos Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Western Michigan, ATS Winner – Cleveland State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Vikings rank 28th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Broncos rank 107th (5.9).
- Cleveland State ranks 98th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while Western Michigan ranks 274th (18.3).
- The Broncos rank 89th in rebounds allowed per game (33.7) while the Vikings rank 259th (37.4).
- Western Michigan ranks 191st in assists per game (13.1) while Cleveland State ranks 299th (10.7).