The Cleveland State Vikings (3-3, 1-3 Away) will travel to Kalamazoo, MI to take on the Western Michigan Broncos (2-4, 0-1 Home) at University Arena. The Vikings are coming off a win against the Chicago State Cougars while the Broncos are coming off a loss against the Georgia Southern Eagles.
Cleveland State Searching for Fourth Consecutive WinThe Cleveland State Vikings have won three consecutive games, most recently earning a 77-63 victory over the Chicago State Cougars. The Vikings were 30-for-58 (.517) from the floor, making 29.4% from beyond the arc and 60% from free throw range. They earned 27 rebounds, 10 assists, six steals, and five blocks. They allowed the Cougars to shoot 47.2% from the floor, going 7-for-18 (.389) from deep. Tristan Enaruna (14 PTS, 4 REB, 3 BLK, 55.6% FG) and Deshon Parker (13 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST, 60% FG) led Cleveland State.
This season the Vikings are averaging 66.3 points per game while making 45.2% of the shots from the field, shooting 63.3% from the line and 28.9% from beyond the arc. In addition, they are recording 33 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 7.8 steals, and 3.2 blocks per contest. Enaruna is the scoring leader and rebound leader, averaging 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Parker is the second most prolific shooter, averaging 10 points per game while leading in assists with 6.2 assists per game. Tae Williams leads in steals, with 1.5 steals per game. Williams also contributes 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Western Michigan Wanting to Snap Two-Game SkidThe Western Michigan Broncos have lost two consecutive games, most recently losing to the Georgia Southern Eagles last week. The Broncos struggled to make their shots against the Eagles, scoring 57 points while shooting 37.3% from the floor. Western Michigan ended the game going 7-for-16 (.438) from deep and 12-for-15 (.800) from free throw range. They earned 37 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and two blocks. Lamar Norman Jr. heavily carried the Broncos to their victory with 23 points while shooting 47.1% from the floor and 50% from 3-point range.
This season, Western Michigan is averaging 76.5 points per game while making 46.6% of their shots from the field, sinking 35.3% of their 3-pointers, and 75.6% of their free throws. On average, they are earning 39.3 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 4.8 steals, and 3.2 blocks per game. Norman Jr. leads the Broncos, averaging 23.2 points per game while making 47.5% of his shots from the floor and 43.9% from deep. Markeese Hastings is the leader on the boards, averaging eight rebounds per game while shooting 44.8% from the floor for 5.7 points per contest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Western Michigan Broncos are averaging 76.5 points per game while shooting 46.6% from the field this season. Their scoring leader Norman Jr. is averaging 23.2 points per game while the rebound leader Hastings is averaging eight rebounds per outing. With these two together, the Broncos open the court up a lot and are able to create space and get the ball into the paint. Western Michigan has played three 90-point games this season, proving they are able to efficiently score points with their playstyle, rather than relying on shooting from deep. I expect Western Michigan to outscore and outrebound Cleveland State to snap its two-game losing streak.
Full-Game Total Pick
This game is going to be defensive and when observing each team's tempo and offensive efficiency, there won't be much explosiveness on offense. The Vikings have an adjusted offensive efficiency of 97.2 (270th), meaning they don't score points on every possession, plus their adjusted tempo is 64.5 (348th). Cleveland State isn't very explosive offensively, playing at a lesser tempo than most teams. The Broncos' adjusted offensive efficiency is 99.8 (207th) and the adjusted tempo is 69.1 (169th). Although they have a quicker tempo and score on more possessions, the Vikings are only allowing 66.7 points per game, so I expect the defense to offer a challenge to the Broncos.