Western Michigan has been improving on the season, but it still hasn’t quite put it all together. It seems like when the freshman are scoring, the veterans are not, and when the veterans are scoring, the freshman are not.
It’s a shame, because the pieces are there. As their close loss at Akron showed, they are capable of beating anyone in this league. In that game, it was typical Western Michigan this season. The pair of talented freshman, Reggie Jones and Brandon Johnson, had a great first half. The veterans Thomas Wilder and Tucker Haymond had a good second half. The whole team isn’t on the same page the entire game. When that happens, they are a good team. While a conference title is probably out of the question for this team, a win or two against a team they have no business competing against is an almost certainty.
Toledo is becoming one of those teams. After a slow start, they have won 6 out of their last 7, and 5 in a row. Marquette transfer Steve Taylor Jr. has been a big reason why. He is averaging 15.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Another big reason is the the play of senior guard Johnathan Williams. He is averaging 25.5 points in the two MAC games, and over 20 on the season.
As a team they are shooting 48.4% from the floor on the season. In conference play, they are shooting 54%. By contrast, WMU is shooting 43% on the season. That’s really the difference between the Broncos being a contender, or having the 4-10 record they currently have. Maybe some home cooking and their first home game of the MAC season will help.
When: 1/10/2017 @ 7 PM
Where: The University Arena in Kalamazoo
Watch: Via live stream on ESPN 3
Listen: Rocket stream @ utrockets.com or Z 96.5 WZOX out of Kalamazoo
Line: Toledo -3