Western Michigan Broncos (3-1) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1)Date : 11/19/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati Ohio,
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Western Michigan Broncos vs Cincinnati Bearcats
The Broncos of Western Michigan will look to continue their winning ways as they visit Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati Ohio, to battle the Cincinnati Bearcats in early season college basketball action. The Broncos of Western Michigan won their second straight game along with third in four outings, overall, over the Aquinas Saints by a 99-52 score on Saturday night as the Broncos shot 57% from the field for the night while also hitting 55% of their 3-pointers during the contest en route to a victory.
On the other hand, the Cincinnati Bearcats were winners of two straight games after beating up on Wisconsin Milwaukee by a 74-63 score on Friday night as they went into the half tied with the Panthers at 33 all; However, were able to pull away from Wisconsin Milwaukee in the second half by outscoring them 41-30.
Western Michigan Broncos's Latest Performance :
Cincinnati had five players in double figures as they were able to pull off a much-needed victory over the Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers in their last time out. As stated, Broome led the team with 17 points while Trey Scott and Nyla Brooks chipped in 27 points combined along with 20 rebounds in the contest while the defense, on the other hand, allowed the Saints to shoot only 33% from the floor while essentially beating them in every aspect of the game. Expect things to be much more complicated for the Bearcats in this outing as they will be battling a Western Michigan team that has gained confidence since the beginning of the season and will certainly be looking forward to the challenge that awaits. Cincinnati is 0-3 against the spread in their last three games while being 1-7 against the spread in their last 8 games Overall.
With that being the case, they will certainly have to step up their defensive pressure against an offensive team such as the Western Michigan Broncos. As stated, they are averaging 85 points per game on 47% shooting from the field. It is for this reason that the Bearcats must not take this team lightly while ensuring that they are playing tight perimeter defense as the Broncos certainly have a bevy of scorers in which to turn to for offense.
Cincinnati Bearcats's Latest Performance :
After losing at home by 8 points to the Ohio State Buckeyes in their opening game of the season, the Cincinnati Bearcats have managed to win two straight games while averaging 73 points in the meantime. On the other hand, their defense is allowing opponents to score 57 points during this time. In their last outing, the Bearcats were awful from 3-point range as they were only for 4 of 21 for the night, however, shot 50% from the floor during the contest while holding the Panthers to only 44% shooting. Cincinnati also outrebounded Wisconsin-Milwaukee by a 36-23 margin. Cane Broome led the team with 17 points while Tre Scott and Nyler Brooks chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively, along with 10 rebounds each in the victory.
And while their offense has struggled this year in averaging just 67 points per game, the defense for Cincinnati has been decent yet allowing teams to shoot 42% from 3 point range for the year. This will certainly have to be something that they should improve upon before playing a Western Michigan team that is shooting 39% from 3 point range for the year.
While beating up on the Aquinas Saints in their last outing, they Broncos shot to the tune of 16 of 29 from 3-point range for the night while Also out-rebounding the Saints 36 to 24 for the game. Michael Flowers led the Broncos in scoring with 19 points while Josh Davis chipped in 15 points in the winning effort as well.
The Broncos are averaging 85 points per game on 48% shooting from the field while the over has been to play in each of their games in 2018. With that being said, look for the Broncos to attempt to gain some headway versus a defense in the Bearcats that can be very stingy, at times.
How Western Michigan Broncos & Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Western Michigan is 2-1 ATS while the OU is 3-0
Cincinnati is 0-3 ATS while the OU is 1-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting game as the Broncos of Western Michigan will look to continue their winning ways over a Cincinnati Bearcats team that has also found success early this season. In all, both teams will certainly come out with focus and intensity yet look for the Broncos to really turn some heads as they have really utilize their balance attack to the fullest this season which has allowed them to garner up some momentum early in the season. Expect this to be a game to where the score will remain low while the game will be competitive throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Cincinnati Bearcats in this game as they are slightly the better team at this moment. And while the Broncos will certainly make this game interesting throughout, the Bearcats will find a way in which to buckle down on the defensive side of the court in which two make some critical stops down the stretch and pick up a slim victory in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest in that you have a defensive team in Cincinnati that only allows 57 points per game battling an offense in the Broncos that has put up 86 points per game thus far this season. Of course, the offense for Cincinnati has been very inconsistent this year while the defense for the Broncos has also had problems with cohesiveness to begin the season; Nonetheless, expect both units to play up to par in this match up as the game will remain competitive throughout while the score will remain low in what will be an exciting contest from start to finish.
Betting trends for Western Michigan Broncos:
- The Broncos are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Betting trends for Cincinnati Bearcats:
- Under is 55-23 in Bearcats last 78 non-conference games.
Under is 7-3 in Bearcats last 10 overall.