Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Monday March 9th, 2015. At 8:00 PM EST.
The (10-19) Ohio University Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference East Division makes the trip from the Buckeye State to the Wolverine State. Ohio U will play the (19-12) Western Michigan Broncos of the MAC West in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at the University Arena on campus in chilly Kalamazoo, Michigan. This Sports Handicapper believes the Ohio University Bobcats didn’t play to their potential this season. Western Michigan also had a subpar season and better than they have shown. The opening betting line has Western Michigan as a nine-point home favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds is not available for Monday’s game.
The 2015 Ohio University Bobcats have dropped seven of their last eight both straight up and Against The Point Spread. The Bobcats won their regular season finale 95-65 at home against Miami-Ohio. The Bobcats finished last in the East Division standings. Ohio U ranks seventh in the MAC scoring the basketball. The defense is suspect, allowing opponents nearly 72 points per contest. Senior Center Maurice Ndour is the team’s leading scorer with nearly sixteen points per game. The Bobcats are 1-7 their last eight to the Number against the Mid-American Conference. The Ohio University Bobcats are 0-4 their last four 2015 NCAA Basketball Predictions away from home, going over the betting odds total twice, staying under the betting odds total twice and has a push. Head Coach Saul Phillips is the Conference’s highest paid at the position and there will be better times in Athens. The key to a Bobcats win is to play through Ndour. Guard Javarez Willis poured in a team-high 34-points against Miami-Ohio. Betting Experts in Las Vegas give the Bobcats less than a 1% chance to win the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championship.
The 2015 Western Michigan Broncos have won three of four both straight up and Against The Spread. Western Michigan beat Division Champions Central Michigan on Friday March 6th at home. The Broncos finished third in the West behind Central Michigan and Toledo. Western Michigan scores 71.5 points per contest. The Broncos defense ranks eighth in the Conference. Senior Guard David Brown is the team’s leading scorer and best player. Brown was held to just five points Friday. Western Michigan is 5-1 ATS their last six against Ohio University. The Western Michigan Broncos are 5-5 Against The Point Spread their last ten overall. The Broncos went over the betting odds total three times, stayed under the betting odds total five times and have a push when a betting odds total is available. Western Michigan is a sound basketball team, and they want to be in Cleveland Wednesday. Las Vegas gives Western Michigan 2.4% chance to win the 2015 Mid-American Conference Tournament title.