Preview: Western Michigan

Can Broncos cut down on turnovers to climb in the MAC?

Updated: October 4, 2013, 10:40 AM ET
By Jeff Haley | ESPN Insider

Western Michigan Broncos

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.


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Jeff Haley

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Jeff Haley is a writer for TeamRankings.com, which provides data-driven sports predictions and contest advice.