Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 3, 2023
Two sliding teams meet when the Western Michigan Broncos (7-23, 3-14 MAC) host the Central Michigan Chippewas (10-20, 5-12 MAC) on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET. The Chippewas are 7-point underdogs as they look to end a four-game losing streak against the Broncos, who have lost three straight. The point total is set at 138 for the matchup.
Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan Odds
- Western Michigan odds to win: -309
- Central Michigan odds to win: +246
- Spread: Western Michigan (-7)
- Total: 138
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
- Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN3
- Where: Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Venue: University Arena
Who Will Win Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan?
Western Michigan and Central Michigan Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Western Michigan has not yet covered the spread as favorites of 7 points or more this season (0-1).
Central Michigan has a 6-10 record against the spread when an underdog by 7 points or more this season.
The Broncos and the Chippewas combine to average 2.7 fewer points per game than the total of 138 set for this game.
Western Michigan and Central Michigan have seen its opponents average a combined nine more points per game than the over/under of 138 set in this matchup.
The average total in Western Michigan’s games this year is 5.8 more points than the total of 138 in this game.
The average point total for the Chippewas this year is 0.5 points higher than this game’s over/under.
The Broncos have gone 8-18-1 ATS this season.
So far this year, the Chippewas have put together a 12-16-0 record against the spread.
Western Michigan Stats & Insights
Western Michigan’s -145 scoring differential (outscored by 4.8 points per game) is a result of scoring 69.5 points per game (231st in college basketball) while giving up 74.3 per outing (298th in college basketball).
The 33.2 rebounds per game Western Michigan averages rank 97th in college basketball, and are 3.4 more than the 29.8 its opponents pull down per outing.
The Broncos knock down 7.9 three-pointers per game (121st in college basketball), while their opponents have made 8.3 on average.
Western Michigan averages 92 points per 100 possessions on offense (228th in college basketball), and allows 98.4 points per 100 possessions (339th in college basketball).
Offensively, the Broncos have performed better at home this year, scoring 72.3 points per game, compared to 68 per game in away games.
Central Michigan Stats & Insights
Central Michigan has been outscored by 6.9 points per game (posting 65.8 points per game, 325th in college basketball, while conceding 72.7 per contest, 260th in college basketball) and has a -209 scoring differential.
Central Michigan is 173rd in the nation at 31.8 rebounds per game. That’s similar to the 31.3 its opponents average.
Central Michigan connects on 6.1 three-pointers per game (310th in college basketball) while shooting 29.8% from beyond the arc (346th in college basketball). It is making 1.9 fewer threes than its opponents, who drain 8 per game at 34.2%.
Central Michigan scores 83.9 points per 100 possessions (352nd in college basketball), while allowing 92.8 points per 100 possessions (223rd in college basketball).
At home the Chippewas are scoring 68.7 points per game, 7.1 more than they are averaging on the road (61.6).
Western Michigan Key Players to Watch
The leader in points and assists for the Broncos is Lamar Norman Jr., who scores 17.3 points and distributes three assists per game.
Western Michigan’s best rebounder is Markeese Hastings, who averages 9.1 boards per game in addition to his 8.1 PPG average.
Norman makes more threes per game than any other member of the Broncos, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 2.8 per contest.
The Western Michigan steals leader is Tray Maddox Jr., who averages one steal per game, while its blocks leader is Hastings, who compiles 0.6 rejections per contest.
Central Michigan Key Players to Watch
Brian Taylor records 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Chippewas, enough to make him the leading scorer and rebounder on the team.
Central Michigan’s assist leader is Reggie Bass with 3.2 per game. He also scores 12.3 points per game and adds 3.7 rebounds per game.
Bass is the most prolific from the three-point line for the Chippewas, hitting 1.8 threes per game.
Central Michigan’s leader in steals is Taylor with 1.1 per game, and its leader in blocks is Ola Ajiboye with 0.9 per game.
Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Central Michigan (+7)
- Pick OU:
Western Michigan 73, Central Michigan 69
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