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Miami-Ohio takes on Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The Red Hawks last played on Saturday at home, defeating Ohio 79-59. That placed them at 5-6 in the MAC and in fifth place. Western Michigan is now 1-11 in the MAC West after losing to Kent State at home, 82-63. The Broncos have owned Miami over the years, winning four straight in this series and nine of 10.
Things on the upswing
Miami-Ohio has won two of their last three on the road and there of four at home. They’re coming off an impressive showing last Saturday against Ohio. Bam Bowman led the Redhawks with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Darrian Ringo added 14 points and five assists. They shot 46.2 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats by 16. They also held Ohio to just 35.6 percent shooting from the field.
Fresh off a big win over Ohio last Saturday and with time to rest before traveling to Western Michigan next Saturday, here is @MiamiCoachO's weekly press conference.#RiseUpRedHawks pic.twitter.com/Sxsx6wBSby
— MiamiOH Basketball (@MiamiOH_BBall) February 12, 2019
Nike Sibande leads the Red Hawks with 15.8 points per game, while Darrian Ringo leads with 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Miami averages 72.3 points per game (8th in MAC) and allows 68.6 points per game (3rd MAC). The Red Hawks allow 43 percent from the field (7th) and shoot 44 percent (8th). They shoot just 33.7 percent from beyond the arc (8th) and hold teams to 32.3 percent from beyond the arc (6th). They rank 8th in turnover margin (-0.67) and 9th in assist/turnover ratio (0.93).
So much for the streak
Western Michigan upset Northern Illinois on Tuesday, 76-74 at home, and nearly blew a big lead in that one. They had to play two days later against Kent State and even though that game was played at home, the Broncos were crushed by 19 points. That was their second blowout loss of the season to Kent State. This was a close game at the half, but the Golden Flashes scored a season-high 51 points in the second half, holding Western Michigan to just 33. Josh Davis led the Broncos with 17 points, while Michael Flowers added 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Broncos were outrebounded by 10 and allowed Kent State to shoot 54.4 percent from the floor (10-of-23 3pt).
Flowers, a 6-1 sophomore guard, leads Western Michigan in scoring with 16.3 points and in assists with 3.3 per game. The big issue for Western Michigan is their defense. They allow 76.6 points per game on 44.6 percent shooting and 36.8 percent from long range (311th). On offense, they are averaging 70.6 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting (32.7% 3pt). They also rank last in the MAC in turnover margin (-4.64) and in assist/turnover ratio (0.75).
Western Michigan is:
- 8-21-1 ATS last 30 home games.
- 1-5 ATS last 6 overall.
- 0-5 ATS last 5 Saturday games.
- 6-0-1 ATS last 7 overall.
- 4-0 ATS last 4 Saturday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I don’t like to keep going with chalk, but this is a no-brainer. Western Michigan is playing their third game in five days. They are already the worst team in the MAC. The Redhawks are playing well on the road and have covered six of the last seven games with the lone miss being a push. The road team is 6-0 ATS the last 6 in this series. Even though Western Michigan has dominated the series, Miami has covered three of the last five. Take Miami-Ohio with the easy road win.
Full-Game Total Pick
These teams have gone under in seven straight meetings. Miami has gone under in eight of their last nine games. They are allowing just 70.3 points per game but now are playing a team that averages under 70 points and in the last five games, they are averaging 66.8 points per game. In the last five, Miami-Ohio is allowing just 59.2 points per game and teams are shooting 38.5 percent from the field against them.