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#609 Central Michigan 152.5 vs.
#610 Ohio U -4
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by David Hess

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College hoops action on Tuesday evening and a pair of teams from the Mid-American Conference will square off as the Central Michigan Chippewas duke it out with the Ohio Bobcats at Convocation Center (OH) in Athens, Ohio. These teams met once last year and Central Michigan won that game at home by a score of 87-80.

Chipps Look To End Three-Game Slide

The Central Michigan Chippewas recently had a stretch that saw them going 6-2 but they have fallen on hard times of late. the Chipps enter this game off of an 80-67 home loss to Akron and they have now lost their last three games in a row. CMU has been among the best offensive teams in the nation all year but they have struggled to score of late 65.7 ppg over their last three games. That is 15 ppg less than their season-to-date average. They will need to get their offense back on track if they hope to make a deep run in the MAC Tournament. Right now, the Chippewas are 6-5 in league play and 13-11 overall. This is an important game for them as they hope to improve their seeding for the upcoming conference tourney.

Back to their loss to the Zips. the Chippewas shot just 405 from the field overall, including 255 (6/240 from long range while also missing 12 of their 27 free throw attempts. Those are poor numbers all the way around. Leading their attack was Travon Broadway Jr., who had 17 points while Dallas Morgan had 14. The defense has been an issue for the Chippewas all year and they have now allowed at least 80 points in a game 10 times so far. The Zips shot 53% from the field overall, including 37% (10/27) from long range. Central Michigan has averaged 69.6 ppg and they have allowed 80.3 ppg on the road this year.

Central Michigan enters this game ranked 11th in the nation in scoring at 80.7 ppg, while also ranking 174th in shooting (43.9%), 155th in three-point shooting (33.8%) and 98th in free throw shooting (73.2%). On defense, they are 317th in points allowed, giving up 75.9 ppg, while also ranking 319th in defensive FG% (46.0%) and 328th in three-point defense (36.5%).

Bobcats Get Ripped By the Golden Flashes

It has not been a good year for the Ohio Bobcats as they have gone just 12-13 overall, including 4-8 in league play. They will need to make a deep run in the MAC Tournament just to have a shot at playing in one of the lesser postseason tournaments and they will need to win the MAC tourney to get into the Big Dance. The Bobcats recently had a two-game winning streak going but that ended with a thud as they were crushed by Kent State on the road by a score of 87-72. Ohio is now 3-6 in their true road games this year and 2-5 in their last seven games overall. Here at home, they have gone 8-5 on the year and they have averaged 76.6 ppg and have allowed 67.2 ppg in those games.

The defense had been playing well as the Bobcats had allowed just 58.3 ppg in the four games prior to giving up 87 to the Golden Flashes. Kent State shot 53% from the field overall, including an impressive 55% (17/31) from long range. The Bobcats will not have an easy time getting their defense back on track as they are facing the 11th ranked scoring offense in the nation. The offense was mediocre at best in the loss as they shot 48% from the field overall, including 35% (8/23) from long range while missing seven of their 17 free throw attempts and committing 18 turnovers. Leading their attack was Jason Preston, who had 20 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds while Lunden McDay had 14 points. The Bobcats have averaged just 67.0 ppg over their last five games. They will need more than that to take down the high-scoring Chippewas.

The Bobcats enter this game ranked 190th in the nation in scoring at 70.9 ppg, while also ranking 121st in shooting (44.8%), 144th in three-point shooting (34.0%) and 273rd in free throw shooting (67.8%). On defense, they are 162nd in points allowed, giving up 68.8 ppg, while also ranking 165th in defensive FG% (42.5%) and 254th in three-point defense (34.2%).

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Neither team is playing all that well but I feel that the Chipps are better equipped to win this game. Their offense has sputtered of late and they have averaged just 69.9 ppg on the road but CMU still has the 11th best offense in the nation overall and I will look for that offense to get back on track in this one. Central Michigan has struggled to stop teams from scoring this year but they will be facing a Bobcat team that has averaged just 67 ppg over their last five games. The Bobcats have allowed 71.1 ppg in league play while the Chipps have averaged 74.5 ppg in their last games. I do not see Ohio coming up with enough offense to win this one against a Central Michigan team that still has a shot at a high seeding in the MAC Tournament.

Prediction: Central Michigan -4

Full-Game Total Pick

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I will go with the Over in this one. I know that the Bobcats have been struggling to score of late but they have averaged a healthy 76.6 ppg at home and the Chippewas have allowed 80.3 ppg on the road. Central Michigan has the 11th ranked offenses in the nation and they play at the 13th ranked pace in the land. They have averaged just 69.6 ppg on the road so far and the offense has struggled overall of late but it will get back on track here against an Ohio defense that has allowed 71.1 ppg in league play. I will look for this to be a high-scoring game.

Prediction: Over 153

Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.