Preview: Western Michigan
Can Broncos cut down on turnovers to climb in the MAC?
2012-13: 22-13 (10-6 MAC); lost to George Mason 62-52, CBI semifinals
In-conference offense: 1.02 points per possession (7th)
In-conference defense: 0.95 points allowed per possession (4th)
Shayne Whittington was outstanding last season, earning second-team All-MAC honors as the focal point of the Broncos' offense. Even though he accounted for roughly 25 percent of WMU's shots during his minutes on the floor, Whittington still posted an exemplary true shooting percentage of 57. Coach Steve Hawkins' center helped his efficiency by converting on 80 percent of his free throws, and Whittington's trips to the stripe were frequent. Of course, every Western Michigan player shoots a lot of free throws. The Broncos had the sixth-highest free throw rate in all of Division I; season after season, Hawkins' teams find their way to the line.
To read the complete 2013-14 preview article on Western Michigan, plus gain access to previews for every Division I college basketball team, you must be an ESPN Insider.
2013-14 Insider College Hoops Preview
In the lead-up to the 2013-14 college basketball season, Insider is providing preview articles on every Division I team, as well as essays from Insider's analysts and experts.