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 narrativeThe 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 gameThe 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.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Penguins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Penguins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- Penguins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Penguins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.