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#683 Youngstown State 138 vs.
#684 Western Michigan -2
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: December 7, 2019, University Arena, Kalamazoo, MI, 2:00 PM ET

The Western Michigan Broncos hope to avoid a fifth consecutive loss on Saturday when hosting the visiting Youngstown State Penguins. After opening up the season with three wins, the Broncos hit a wall as soon as they exited the cupcake portion of their schedule. They recently fell in defeat on their home floor in a 72-62 loss to Oakland. The Penguins, on the other hand, are coming off an impressive bounce-back win over Robert Morris after getting thumped by Central Michigan.

Youngstown hopes to change their road narrative

The Penguins are a long way from being considered road warriors.

They are 1-4 in road games so far this season with their most recent loss being a lopsided drubbing at the hands of Central Michigan. The team quickly bounced back with a home victory over Robert Morris.

Yet, the real test will come again on Saturday when they’ll be tasked with playing away from their home building at a non-neutral site.

It’ll be a good start facing a team that’s even worse than they are on the defensive end of the floor. If the Penguins had even a decent offense, they’d be humming against a Broncos defense allowing a 48.8 field goal shooting percentage at home.

Youngstown State guard Darius Quisenberry is coming off a 23-point performance against Robert Morris. He’s the only player on the roster averaging in double figures scoring. So there are expectations as far as scoring help is concerned for a team that ranks in the bottom-half of the country in efficiency and shooting percentage (37.0).

Western Michigan loses fourth straight game

The Broncos’ ugly losing streak extended to four games after getting blown out on their home floor by the Oakland Grizzlies. It’s never a good thing to be panicking only nine games into the season, but Western Michigan hasn’t had to wait long to see their basketball mortality flash before their eyes.

They can’t afford to lose to Youngstown State and dig a five-game hole.

Even with all of their flaws, the Broncos aren’t handcuffed to one reliable scorer like the Penguins are to Quisenberry. Juniors Michael Flowers and Brandon Johnson have made for a solid scoring combination on the floor. Of course, there isn’t much to rely on outside of those two players, which is why the team ranks 188th in the country in offensive efficiency. But they won’t need to make a splash to keep pace with a Youngstown State offense averaging 65.9 points per game.

Defense should still be a concern for the Broncos. Even a bad Penguins offense will at least have a chance to get buckets against Western Michigan’s moribund defense.

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You can rest assured there will be some pitiful defense on display with the Broncos and the Penguins sharing the floor on Saturday. Opposing teams are nearly averaging 50.0 percent shooting against the Broncos, which is ridiculous at any level. Granted, there is only a four-game sample size so far in the season, but it’s still a cause for concern, particularly when it’s happening in the one place where the team should have an advantage.

If only Youngstown State was built to take advantage of those defensive weaknesses.

The Penguins are averaging a 35.0 field goal shooting percentage on the road. It isn’t surprising considering how much of the offense runs through Quisenberry. Every outing is literally a roll of the dice, hoping someone else steps up their offensive game. That’s a tough way to live at a competitive college basketball level.

At least Flowers has a Robin to go along with his Batman. I’m taking the Broncos to knock off the Penguins and put an end to the depressing losing streak.

Prediction: Western Michigan Broncos (-2.5)

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Youngstown State hasn’t played well on offense this season, but they also haven’t always had the luxury of playing an opponent that allows an average of 76.9 points per game. Western Michigan couldn’t stop a hiccup, and the Penguins are rolling after dropping 81 points on Robert Morris on Wednesday. They have averaged 73.0 points in their last three games.

Somebody else besides Quisenberry will step up and make some plays against the Broncos’ defense. That will put the Broncos in the position to match that output to come away with the win. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (138)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.